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Great Health Benefits of Banana Peels

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Ever heard of the saying, "Do not include banana in your diet if you are planning to lose weight as it contains a lot of calories"? Well, think again because banana has some secret health benefits which might help you after all in keeping you fit and trim. It is said that a banana has a lot of minerals and proteins and the best part of the fruit is the peel. The banana peel has the most amount of benefits when it comes to your healthy lifestyle.

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The flesh of the banana is a rich source of many nutrients and considered high in carbohydrates. The sugar content in a banana is highest when the skin has turned completely black, which indicates that the starches have all been converted to sugars such as sucrose, fructose and glucose, as cited in "Biochemistry of Human Nutrition." The flesh is high in vitamins B-6 and B-12, magnesium and potassium, but also contains some protein and fiber. In general, the peels of fruits contain additional nutrients and fiber that complement the inside flesh.

Nutrients in Banana Peels

Banana peels are also rich sources of potassium and contain much more soluble and insoluble fiber than their flesh. Dietary fiber promotes digestion and bowel movements and can reduce blood cholesterol levels.

Banana peels also contain tryptophan, which increases serotonin levels in the body and affects mood. According to "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," researchers in Taiwan discovered banana peel extract can ease depression because of its effect on serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter in the brain responsible for balancing mood and emotions. Others found that eating two banana skins a day for three days increased blood serotonin levels by 16 percent.

Further, banana skin contains lutein, a powerful antioxidant that protects the eye from free radicals and harmful frequencies of UV radiation from the sun. Lutein has been proven to reduce the risks of cataracts and macular degeneration, as cited in "Biochemical, Physiological and Molecular Aspects of Human Nutrition."

Banana Peel Uses:

1. Sparkling Teeth:

Rub the banana peel every day for a week on your teeth for about a minute. This actually results in teeth whitening, which can cost a lot of money otherwise.

2. Warts:

Banana peel helps in removing warts and eliminates the occurrence of new ones. For this, simply rub the peel on the affected area or tie the peel overnight on it. This is one of the simplest ways to use a banana peel for skin.

3. Eat Them:

Banana peels can be eaten raw, although they are purported to be ropey and have an unpleasant taste. Waiting for the fruit to ripen makes the skin much thinner, a little sweeter and easier to chew, some people prefer to boil the peel for 10 minutes or so before eating it, putting it through a juicer or blending it with other fruits. In Asian countries, banana peels are cooked with their flesh or fried on their own.  You can find amazing Indian recipes using it. Also, this is used to tender chicken by placing over it. Cleaning commercially grown bananas before you eat the skins is essential due to all the spraying that bananas are subjected to.

4. Pimples:

Just massage banana peels on your face and body for 5 minutes every day to cure pimples on Results should be visible within a week. Keep applying the peels till the acne disappears.

5. Wrinkle:

Banana peel helps to keep your skin hydrated. Add an egg yolk to mashed banana peel. Apply this mixture on your face and leave it for 5 min. Wash off after 5min.

6. Pain reliever:

Apply the banana peel directly on the painful area. Leave it for 30 mins till the pain is gone. A mixture of vegetable oil mixed with banana peel also helps in pain relief.

7. Psoriasis:

Just apply the peel on the psoriasis affected area. Banana peel has moisturization properties and also reduces itchiness. It will quickly heal psoriasis and you can see noticeable results within no time.

8. Bites by bugs:

Massage the peel on the mosquito bites to get instant relief from the itching and pain.

9. Shoes, Leather, Silver polish:

Rub banana peel on any shoes, leather, and silver to make them shine instantly.

10. UV Protection:

Banana peel helps in protecting the eyes from harmful UV rays. Make sure you leave the peel under the sun before rubbing the banana peel on your eyes. It is also proven to reduce the risk of cataracts.


Sources:

boldsky.com

livestrong.com

stylecraze.com


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