It turns out that the banana peel that you don't think twice about before throwing away is the healthiest part of the fruit. It may sound gross or disgusting, but it's the simple fact. You can actually eat raw banana peel. However, after reading this, you might reconsider discarding the peels.
Most people may see banana peels as acidic or dangerous, but the surprising thing is that they are not poisonous at all. In fact, they're edible, and packed with nutrients.
Bananas are one of the most popular fruits worldwide.
Generally, they are a delicious and healthy food that houses lots of fiber and packed with essential nutrients that have a protective health impact. Eating bananas can help lower blood pressure and may reduce the risk of cancer and as well supply a lot of nutrients such potassium, vitamin C and so on to your body.
Now, if you get all that from the succulent fibrous fruit and removing the peel which constitutes about 40 % of the fruit, you are actually losing out. This particularly peel you through away is probably better for your whole body, inside and outside than the succulent part of the fruit you enjoy eating, but most of us are not aware of this.
Here are the Health Benefits of Consuming and using banana peels:
Banana peels are loaded with beauty nutrients which are carbohydrate, vitamin B6, B12, antioxidants, minerals and magnesium which essentially fantastic for cell regeneration, skin care, hair health and whitening of the teeth.
Let’s take them one after the other
BANANA PEEL FOR SKIN CARE
A study in 2018 pointed out that banana peels are rich in phenolic that have strong antimicrobial and antioxidant properties associated with many health benefits.
Another study carried out in 2011 revealed that banana peels have several bioactive compounds, such as polyphenols and carotenoids.
A study in 2012 also found extracts of banana peel to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Facial wrinkles usually occur when the skin loses its elasticity and firmness. The antioxidants and vitamin C in bananas can help minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Removal of wrinkles can be achieved by rubbing the banana peel over your skin and leave for 30 minutes or overnight. Then, wash your face and moisturize.
Banana peels contains antioxidant, potassium, fatty acid, zinc and iron which aids the reduction of scars. For this to have a fast positive effect, you need to apply it to the scar consistently.
Histamine and other lowering nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin C & E contained in banana peels helps to eradicate itchy skin. Applying banana peel to the area with psoriasis will help moisturize, neutralize and relieve itch
This is one of the most effective functions of Banana peels. They are majorly used to calm inflamed skin and reduce acne. The lutein and carotenoid fight inflammation and acne breakout, other nutrients such as potassium, zinc, iron, vitamins C and E also helps out.
Placing a banana peel on closed eyes also lightens dark circles when it comes to the eye. Cut a piece sizable to the closed eye, place it on the eyes and leave for at least 30 minutes.
Skin Brightener and moisturizer
It has a gentle exfoliating effect and as it dries, it draws out dirt and grease. The rich content of vitamins and potassium helps to nourish, moisturize, soften and hydrate the skin, leaving you with glows and fresh skin.
This can be achieved by taping a piece of ripe banana peel over the area with wart and leaving it there overnight.
BANANA PEELS FOR HEALTHY HAIR
Proponents of natural products for health and cosmetics suggest using banana peel as an ingredient in a hair mask.
The antioxidant in banana peels neutralizes free radical that keeps the hair strong and healthy. It also makes the hair soft and shinier.
Always use fresh banana peels if you want this to be very effective. Avoid non-organic bananas and do not store your banana peels in the refrigerator.
BANANA PEELS FOR TEETH WHITENING
The ripe banana peels are rich in potassium which helps to remove yellow stain on the teeth.
According to a study in 2015, banana peels have demonstrated antibacterial activity against A. actinomycetemcomitans and P. gingivalis. These bacteria contribute to periodontal diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis.
Practitioners of natural healing claim rubbing a banana peel on your teeth is good for your teeth and gums.
They also suggest that if you do this every day for a week, it may whiten your teeth
Other importance of banana peel are used as first aid, in gardening and household cleaning
EATING BANANA PEELS
Most people might find it difficult to chew banana peels maybe due its gummy nature or weird taste.
Banana peels contains a lot of essential nutrients that will help your body from the inside. it helps boost your immune system, helps to control your blood pressure and aid the digestion of food.
Banana peels can be blended, baked, boiled, or fried and enjoyed in a variety of recipes. It all depends on your choice
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