Banana fruit is high in carbs, potassium, and vitamins C and B. The peel also boasts an impressive health profile

Here’s a breakdown of the nutrients: – Potassium – Calcium – Iron – Manganese – Bromine – Phenolic compounds – Carotenoids like beta-carotene and lutein

Germ-Fighting Banana Peels Like elderberry syrup, oregano, and other plants, banana peels are high in antioxidant phenols. Not only that, banana peels have potent germ-fighting properties.

Antioxidants in Banana Peel In 2011, researchers looked at the antioxidant capacities of different banana peels. They found unripe, green banana peels have more antioxidants than riper peels.

Liver and Prostate Support The carotenoids and antioxidants in bananas can also help other organ systems. In a 2016 study in Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, researchers looked at banana peels for liver protection.

A Yummy Way to Detox Scientists are exploring banana peels as a way to purify water. They’re thought to act as an adsorbent and bind to heavy metals and pesticides, like charcoal.

Banana Peel for Better Sleep Both the banana and the peel contain amino acids that our body needs to make melatonin, the sleep hormone.

The big question of course is how do we harness the benefits of banana peels? Fortunately, you don’t have to chow down on raw, unpeeled bananas to see results. You can even use banana peels in an organic garden or for pets.