According to a MIND survey they can help depression as it contains the amino acid tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, to help you relax and improve your mood. They can also help if you suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
They can help with PMS as they contain Vitamin B6, which can regulate blood glucose levels.
They are good for anaemia as they are high in iron.
They are excellent for blood pressure as they are high in potassium, yet low in salt, making it perfect for blood pressure.
Research has show that they are also good for brain power as the potassium can assist by making you more alert.
Stress causes our metabolic rate to rise which can then reduce our potassium levels. Bananas can help to rebalance that due to the high potassium in them.
If you have a hangover then the quickest cure is to make a banana milkshake sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and with the help of the honey, and builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk smooths and re-hydrates your system.
They can help with heartburn as they have a natural antacid effect in the body.
Morning sickness can be helped by eating a banana as it keeps blood sugar levels up.
If you get a mosquito bite then rub the affected area with the inside of the skin to reduce swelling and irritation.
For weight loss, if you eat one slightly green you get a guaranteed 12.5g of resistant starch which will help you lose weight without feeling hungry. They are also rich in appetite suppressing fibre (3g each), which can help to avoid panic induced food cravings.
They are the only fruit you can eat if you have stomach ulcers as they neutralize over-acidity and reduce irritation by coating the lining of your stomach.
They say that eating one as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%.
You can even use them for warts. Just place the banana skin the yellow side up onto your wart and hold it in place with a plaster or surgical tape.
They can give you an instant sustained and substantial boost of energy hence why so many athlete’s eat them. Two bananas can provide enough energy for a strenuous 90 minute workout.