Unusual Banana Benefits

You already know that bananas are yummy additions to breakfast cereals and a great source of potassium (400 mg of potassium to be exact). What you might not know is that there are many other extraordinary uses for bananas and banana peels. Here are 5 unusual banana benefits that you may not be aware of:

A dose of happiness:

Next time you’re feeling down, eat a banana! Researchers have found that bananas have tryptophan, which helps provide the body with serotonin, promoting feelings of happiness.

Good for an upset stomach:

I won’t go into the specific icky details of how bananas can help someone suffering from an upset stomach (particularly diarrhea), if you won’t take my word for it, take a look at NIH’s Medical Encyclopedia. In one sentence: bananas help make stools harder and provide your body with electrolytes that are lost during bouts of vomiting and diarrhea. Enough said.

Better than a bandage:

When you grow up in the home of a fourth generation family of banana growers, you’re bound to you get home remedies involving bananas. This one is one of my grandma’s personal favorites: whenever you get a scrape or small burn, place the inside of a banana peel on the wound. It will help with the pain and the healing. If you’d like to learn about other crazy family remedies, I’d be happy to share the healing powers of aloe, garlic, tea and potato skins.

Hangover cure:

Banana smoothie anyone? A blended banana drink with milk and honey will help get rid of a nasty hangover. The banana helps rehydrate the body and the honey helps with sugar levels.

Teeth whitener?

This particular use hasn’t been scientifically proven but I have heard various success stories. People claim that rubbing the inside of a banana peel in a circular motion on teeth will significantly help whiten teeth. I plan on trying this out and will report back on the status of my teeth whitening progress.

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  1. Neove says:

    Great information Karla… I love it…Yes! let us know how the teeth whitener works! I personally going to try the bananan peel for my kids scrapes and scratches… You can also share your other family remedies… thank you for keeping us updated with such great information!!

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