Bananas are rich in the mineral Potassium. A medium size banana has 422 milligrams of potassium. Potassium has been show to help reduce the effects of sodium on blood pressure, reduce the risk of kidney stones forming and support heart health.

Bananas are high in Vitamin B which wards off depression. They contain a high level of Tryptophan which your body converts into serotonin which helps you to sleep, put you in good mood, keep your eyes healthy and studies suggest holds a role in preserving memory.

Bananas are high in fiber (soluble and insoluble) and will help you maintain regularity by helping both constipation and diarrhea. They are easy to digest and can act as a natural antacid and reduce acidity of the stomach.

And did you know that mashed bananas can replace sugar, butter and fats in many recipes. Just remember to cut down on your water or milk in the recipe so that you end up with the correct texture of your baked goods.