Bananas for Bananas

I consume an astronomical amount of bananas, and I truly mean that. I will not disclose just how many I eat on a regular day, simply to avoid being judged, but I will admit that it is an abnormal amount.

That being said, bananas are packed with numerous health benefits that I would argue not all persons are aware of. This information is derived from Food Matters, and it is very educational.

  • Bananas aid in combatting depression because they contain elevated levels of tryptophan which is then converted into serotonin
  • Bananas are a natural source of energy and help to balance blood sugar levels
  • Bananas prevent muscle cramps
  • Bananas are high in calcium and can help to prevent osteoporosis
  • Bananas have the ability to boost mood and lessen PMS symptoms
  •  They can reduce swelling and inflammation
  • They can help to prevent Type II Diabetes
  • They can aid in weight loss
  • They can strengthen your nervous system
  • They can help to produce more white blood cells
  • They help to combat anemia and strengthen blood
  • Bananas are incredibly high in potassium and therefore help to prevent heart attack and stroke, and also lower blood pressure
  • They aid in digestion
  • They can act as a probiotic
  • They can normalize bowel movements and frequency
  • Bananas soothe acid reflux and heartburn
  • They can provide relief to stomach ulcers
  • Bananas can help to prevent kidney cancer
  • They are high in antioxidant levels
  • They can relieve morning sickness during pregnancy
  • Their peel can relieve itchy bug bites and hives (rub peel onto irritated areas)
  • Bananas have the ability to lower a fever and cool the body overall
  • They can help in the process of quitting smoking because of their high levels of B-Vitamins, potassium, and magnesium
  • Banana peels, when taped to a wart, can kill the wart
  • You can polish leather with a banana peel

In conclusion, not only are bananas themselves highly beneficial but so are their peels. Go bananas!

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