Well, I’m not sure how “lesser-known” they are, but.
1. Rich in Potassium
If you asked most people why eating bananas is good for them, the most common reply would be that they are rich in potassium.
Whilst this is true, it is also important to understand exactly why we need potassium in the first place.
Potassium is a vital nutrient because it helps to regulate your blood pressure, which is what helps to keep your heart functioning correctly.
Our bones also need this potassium as it helps to reduce calcium excretion, which is how bananas help to reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis and help to keep bones strong the older we get.
2. High in Fibre
Fiber is a natural digestive aid that helps to keep your digestive tract in tip-top shape and encouraging healthy, regular bowel movements. And as nature would have it, bananas are rich in fiber. In addition, the fiber in bananas can also help relieve the symptoms of heartburn.
3. Rich in Many Other Nutrients
Bananas are rich in the healthy blood-producing vitamin, Vitamin B6. They also contain good levels of Vitamin C, magnesium, and manganese.
Bananas also contain a compound called cytolysin which is believed to increase white blood cells that are crucial for having a strong immune system.
4. Natural Ulcer Remedy
Bananas may be able to help protect you against stomach ulcers or help to treat existing ones. This is due to certain compounds in bananas creating a thick protective barrier in the stomach that can help defend against the damaging effects of excess hydrochloric acid.
On top of this, bananas also contain protease inhibitors that can help to eliminate specific bacteria in the stomach that is found to cause ulcers to develop in the first place.
5. Banana Skin for Treating Problem Skin & Hair
Banana skin can be used to treat devastating skin problems like psoriasis and acne. If you blend the skin up with some other natural ingredients many people speak of this being a great natural hair masque that can help put back some much-needed moisture giving you fresh, healthy-looking locks again.
6. Energy Boost
Bananas contain natural compounds that help to boost the body with natural energy that is the preferred steady kind, so it is kinder to blood sugar levels.
When this kind of energy is given it can help to motivate you and your body to lose weight. The double bonus really?
7. Reduce Stress Levels
Bananas are a great source of tryptophan which is a chemical that when released into the bloodstream, converts into the feel-good hormone, serotonin. When we have good serotonin levels our overall mood and stress levels are much better.
I eat bananas often, especially on ice cream, and sliced and slathered with chunky peanut butter.