As one of the richest natural food sources of potassium, bananas can help protect you against heart diseases as well as stroke.
Besides potassium, bananas are also great sources of vitamin B6 and C, riboflavin, magnesium, biotin, silicon, and phosphorus. Bananas also contain trace amounts of minerals such as copper, chromium, iron, fluoride, manganese, selenium and zinc.
Some people have used bananas to improve their children’s bowel movements and prevent constipation, while others have used bananas to help their children recover from diarrhea.
 Collins, Elise Marie. An A-Z Guide to Healing Foods: A Shopper’s Companion. San Francisco, California: Conari Press, 2009. Print.
Cindy L. TJOL is trained in Psychology, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has several years of experience writing on natural health on the internet. Follow her on her blog and read her other articles at Insights On Health.com.