10 Surprising Banana Peels Benefits You Should Know

Yes, you got it right -- banana peels. And I’m not kidding you. Probably, you’ve been doing the same mistake as I used to do -- tossing the banana peels into the bin without giving it a second thought!

The flesh of the banana is rich in many nutrients and carbohydrates. It is high in vitamins B6, B12, magnesium and potassium. But the peel?

Banana peels are the thick ropey-textured and green-to yellow-colored skin of bananas. They are usually discarded while the flesh is eaten. However, many animals in the primate family consume them whole -- the flesh, peel and all. Many indigenous tribes in Africa are also known to consume them whole. Banana peels can be eaten raw, but many cultures around the world cook them to make them more palatable.

Banana peels are the rich source of soluble and insoluble fiber. Thus, it’s good for your digestive system. Banana peels have been found to be rich in polyphenols and carotenoids, which are phytochemicals with antioxidant properties. Another antioxidant found in banana peel is lutein, known to reduce oxidative stress and neutralize free radical damage in various organs, including the skin.

Beside above valuable health benefits of banana peels derived when eaten, there are also many more versatile benefits in daily life, from outdoor to indoor uses. What are they? Let’s check them here:

Teeth Whitening
Rub your teeth for a minute or two with the inner part of banana peel every day. This will result in teeth whitening, just the effect that you wanted.

Meat Tenderizer
Banana peel contains potent enzymes that can help tenderize meat. Simply place a ripe one on your meat roasts to lock in the moisture and keep them unbelievably moist and juicy.

Bug-bite Healer
Rubbing banana peel onto mosquito bites and general bug bites is an instant relief for itching and inflammation. When it is applied, the anti-histamines in the banana peel sink into the skin and prevent further swelling and quell itching.

Polishing Agent
Polish your shoes, leather furniture and silver items with banana peel for a natural alternative to chemical polishing liquids.

Warts Remover
The banana peel helps in removing warts and eliminates the occurrence of new ones. Simply rub the peel on the affected area or tie the peel with a bandage overnight on it.

Wrinkles Reducer
The banana peel helps to keep your skin hydrated. Add an egg yolk to a mashed banana peel. Apply this mixture on your face, leave it for 5 minutes then wash it off.

Pain Reliever
Apply the banana peel directly on the painful area. Leave it for 30 minutes till the pain is gone. A mixture of vegetable oil and banana peel also helps in pain relief.

Pimples Curer
The enzymes in banana peel can help get rid of not only acne, but dark blemishes as well. Every night, just massage banana peels on your face and body for 5 minutes. The results should be visible within a week.

Psoriasis Healer
Apply the peel on the psoriasis affected area twice a day. The banana peel has moisturizing properties and also reduces itchiness. It will quickly heal psoriasis and you can see noticeable results within no time.

Headache Reliever
Because of its high potassium content, banana peel can help you get rid of the headache. Just place the peel on your forehead or at back of your neck.

Tips: Make sure to use a fresh banana peel for best result and never store banana peel in a fridge.

Banana Fact: With over 500 varieties of bananas, it will take you 1.5 years to try them all, eating one a day.

photo: healthcuretips.com

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