Drinking banana tea is the trendy new thing for health-conscious people, but to be honest I’d never heard of it.
So, I decided to do some further research to see what all the fuss is about.
It turns out that there are lots of health benefits, it’s really easy to make, and it makes use of wasted banana skins.
🍌 Weight Loss
A range of B vitamins, as well as various antioxidants and potassium, make banana tea excellent for weight loss efforts. They also promote faster fat-burning and increasing feelings of fullness, which eventually cut down on calorie intake.
🍌 Lowers Blood Pressure
Banana skins are full of potassium, which helps keep your heart healthy and lower your blood pressure.
🍌 Regulates Sleep
The high levels of tryptophan, serotonin, and dopamine have been linked to improved sleep levels, a reduced occurrence of insomnia, and generally more restful and uninterrupted sleep.
🍌 Relieves Depression
The dopamine and serotonin found in banana tea also help regulate stress hormone levels and boost mood, since they are the “good feeling” neurotransmitters. If you regularly suffer from anxiety or depression, adding banana tea to your daily diet might be exactly what you need.
🍌 Aids in Digestion
Potassium and magnesium are both known to optimize smooth muscle function, which is important in the digestive tracts. This can help stimulate peristaltic motion, which regulates bowel movements, thereby preventing constipation, bloating and cramping, while also improving nutrient uptake.
🍌 Improves Bone Density
There is a good variety of minerals in banana tea including manganese and magnesium, both of which contribute to bone mineral density and can help to slow or completely prevent osteoporosis as we age.
🍌 Boosts Immune System
The vitamin C and vitamin A in bananas help boost the immune system. Both of these vitamins act as antioxidants, while ascorbic acid stimulates the production of white blood cells, and vitamin A, directly linked to preventing oxidative stress in the retina, preventing macular degeneration, and the development of cataracts.
SWEET BANANA TEA RECIPE
You can make banana tea at home in a matter of minutes, and all you need is an organic banana, hot water, and a sweetener like honey or cinnamon to improve the taste. You always want to use organic bananas, as there won’t be pesticide residue on the peel.
- 1 organic banana (ends sliced off)
- 6 cups of water (filtered)
- Cinnamon or honey, to taste
Step 1 – Bring the water up to a boil in a stainless steel pot.
Step 2 – Add the banana to the boiling water.
Step 3 – Allow the banana to steep for 10 minutes.
Step 4 – Remove from heat and strain the tea.
Step 5 – Add the cinnamon or honey, and enjoy!