Ever Heard Of Banana Tea???

By: Pallavi Vathiar. Practicing Clinical Nutritionist, Mumbai.

Email: fihealthie@gmail.com

For most of us tea is not just a beverage rather it is an emotion.It helps make you feel relaxed during your stressful schedule. Interestingly, most of us love tea, but after so many herbs and flowers infusions there’s a tea which has the goodness of banana infused with its magical aroma of sweet tea-kind beverage.

Bananas are loaded with ample nutrients, which can prevent and cure several health related ailments. Its a great source of protein and helps managing blood pressure, preventing lung disorders and several forms of cancers, adding bananas to a daily diet can be a great step towards a healthy diet.

The Best Remedy For Insomnia

Many experts advise taking banana tea to sleep at night, Specifically, one hour before bedtime to help in getting calm sleep. Banana tea simply adds on to the goodness and make your tea even better as it has ample mineral that induce sleep such as magnesium, potassium and tryptophan, etc.

Studies show that the role of banana in enhancing healthy sleep returns to its high content of magnesium, while there are many studies that linked between the low level of magnesium in blood and the poor quality sleep (1).

Hence, drinking banana tea before bedtime also helps greatly in getting rid of unhealthy sleep at night.

Helps With Depression

Experts consider banana tea is a vital and natural anti-depressant remedy.

The dopamine and serotonin found in banana tea also help regulate hormone levels and boost mood, since they are the feel-good neurotransmitters. Adding banana tea to your diet might be an effective natural, healthy remedy for boosting your mood (2).

Banana fruit pulp and peel has also shown to have anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects while invigorate memory performance (3).

Rich In Anti-Oxidants

Bananas are naturally high in water-soluble antioxidants.

Flavanoids including dopamine and gallocatechin, which may help fight free radicals and prevent chronic conditions like heart disease (4,5). It is known that the peel has much higher antioxidant levels than the flesh. Therefore, adding the peel to your tea during brewing may increase your intake of these molecules (4,6).

Potassium Content Is Beneficial

Blood Pressure – Banana tea is high in potassium, a mineral and electrolyte that’s important for regulating fluid balance, healthy blood pressure, and muscle contractions (7,8).

Reduces Bloating – Potassium works closely with sodium, another mineral and electrolyte, to regulate fluid balance in your cells. Yet, when they contain more sodium than potassium, you may experience water retention and bloating (7).

The potassium and water content of banana tea can help counterbalance bloating due to a high-salt diet by signaling your kidneys to excrete more sodium into your urine (7).

Low In Sugar

Banana tea may be a good replacement for sugary beverages.

Only a small amount of the sugar in bananas is released into the water during brewing, acting as a natural sweetener for your tea. People consume too much sugar associated with an increased risk of obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes (9). Therefore, opting beverages such as banana tea, can be an easy way to reduce the sugar intake.

Support Heart Health

The nutrients in banana tea may support heart health. A study in 90,137 women found that a potassium-rich diet was linked to a 27% decreased risk of stroke (9). A diet rich in catechins in banana tea reduces your risk of heart disease (5).

Other Health Benefits Also Includes:

  • Easy Digestion.
  • Enhancing Immunity.
  • Improving Bone Health.
  • Weight Loss

How To Make Banana Tea? (10)

Banana tea is very easy to prepare and can be made with or without the peel.

Banana Tea Without Peel

  • Fill a pot with 2–3 cups (500–750 ml) of water and bring it to a boil.
  • Peel one banana and slice off both ends.
  • Add the banana to the boiling water.
  • Reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 5–10 minutes.
  • Add cinnamon or honey (optional).
  • Remove the banana and divide the remaining liquid into 2–3 cups.

Banana Peel Tea

  • Fill a pot with 2–3 cups (500–750 ml) of water and bring it to a boil.
  • Gently rinse a whole banana under running water to remove dirt and debris.
  • Leaving the peel on, slice off both ends.
  • Add the banana to the boiling water.
  • Reduce the heat and allow it to simmer for 15–20 minutes.
  • Add cinnamon or honey (optional).
  • Remove the banana and divide the remaining liquid into 2–3 cups.
  • To avoid waste, use the leftover banana in other recipes, such as for smoothies, oatmeal, or banana bread.

Reference

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21199787/
  2. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1472-8206.2004.00287.x
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28655697/
  4. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0037479
  5. https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-nutrition/article/flavonoid-intake-and-risk-of-cvd-a-systematic-review-and-metaanalysis-of-prospective-cohort-studies/954A324D3C1B8EE5B2BE2FD07C60112F
  6. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0037479
  7. https://www.anaesthesiajournal.co.uk/article/S1472-0299(09)00221-5/fulltext
  8. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091302283710010?via%3Dihub
  9. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25190445/
  10. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/banana-tea#recipe

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