Bowel Health: Bananas are packed full of soluble fibre which prevents constipation and helps maintain general bowel health, and keeps you regular. Bananas are in the top 5 fruits with the highest fibre content.
Brain Power: During studying or working hard, bananas can be very beneficial. The potassium, which bananas contain, makes pupils more alert. During exam periods, eating bananas for breakfast or lunch (or for snack) can increase your brain power. I experienced this whilst I was at University studying for my exams and working through assignments.
Energy: Bananas contain B vitamins, which assists in the energy production in muscles.
Increased Happiness: When ingested, bananas release Tryptophan, which converts to serotonin in the brain and increases you mood and makes you happier. 🙂
Iron: If you suffer from anaemia, bananas may help as they are rich in iron.
PMS: B6 Vitamin can be found in bananas, which helps regulate blood glucose levels and assists in stressful times, hence why it helps suppress cranky moods. It also contains Potassium, which can help with cramps.
Potassium: Bananas are high in Potassium, which helps the body deliver oxygen to the brain. Potassium help maintain a healthy cell function, a healthy heartbeat, healthy nerve signals and healthy muscle contractions. Along with Potassium, bananas also contain magnesium, which is also great for healthy muscle stimulation and contractions.
There are so many more benefits of eating bananas, including its Folate, Vitamin C, Antioxidant and Carbohydrate contents. Another amazing benefit of bananas is their peel, which can whiten your teeth naturally. If you take a piece of banana peel (the white side – the inside of the peel) and rub it around your teeth for 2 minutes, the potassium, magnesium and manganese absorb into your teeth and magically whiten them.
“The banana plant is called a ‘banana tree’ in popular use, but it’s technically regarded as a herbaceous plant (or ‘herb’), not a tree, because the stem does not contain true woody tissue” – Oxford Dictionary
Refs: Livestrong & Australian Bananas