Tryptophan is the building block of serotonin, which is our body’s feel-good chemical. It is a natural antidepressant that also helps to regulate our appetites. Getting enough serotonin in the brain, therefore, not only keeps you feeling positive about your weight loss efforts, it makes it easier to avoid overeating.
While not directly tied to weight loss, phytoalexin is another substance found in bananas that can serve as a natural antibiotic. It may therefore protect against food borne illness. It is also an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound and can help to prevent premature aging, which can do wonders for overall comfort with your appearance. Phytoalexin has also been credited with reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, often brought on by a poor diet.