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Red bananas are less popular yet very nutritious and healthy. They can help promote your immune system, improve your heart health, and benefit your kidney.

The world has more than 1,000 types of bananas, and red bananas are just one of these numerous types. As the name suggests, they are red in color, especially when still ripe. Although some people think that they are like regular yellow bananas, red bananas are actually slightly different. They have a fairly richer nutritional profile and are also more aromatic. Besides, they have a unique raspberry taste. Here are the incredible health benefits of red bananas that should move you to eat them.

i.                    They are effective for weight loss

Are you struggling with weight loss? Make your dream come true by featuring red bananas in your diet today. These bananas are low in calories, making them good for shaking off extra pounds. Imagine that a regular-sized red banana has only 90 calories, which is much lower than what the yellow bananas have! Moreover, they are also rich in good fibers, making them more filling when you eat them. Remember, the more filling food is, the less you will eat, and the more weight you will lose.

ii.                 They are good for your kidneys

The kidneys are important organs for excretion. To perform well, they need to be kept healthy. One way you can take care of your kidneys is by boosting your red bananas intake. They are rich in potassium ions, which are quite useful electrolytes. Besides, red bananas are also rich in calcium which promotes bone health. Still, you need to eat regular yellow bananas to keep your cancer risks lower and take care of the heart.

iii.               They may be good for reducing blood pressure

Blood pressure is an indicator and a risk factor for heart disease, and when it falls or rises excessively, the heart condition is jeopardized. Studies now show that increasing your red bananas can be a good tactic to lowering your risk for blood pressure. The explanation for this is that a single red banana provides as much as 9% of the RDI potassium and 8% of the RDI magnesium. These are two minerals that would synergistically keep blood pressure just where it’s needed. Research has confirmed this, even stating that including one red banana in your diet daily lowers systolic blood pressure by 7 mmHg.

iv.               They may be helpful when quitting smoking

Are you trying to give up smoking but keep relapsing? You can experiment with red bananas and see how much rejuvenated you will be to quit this addictive practice. This may sound a bit off and quite surprising, but yes, taking red bananas can help you quit smoking. They are rich in potassium and magnesium, two minerals that help absorb nicotine. Besides, they are quite fulfilling and will give you the energy to give up the craving.

v.                  They are good for your eye health

Red bananas are good for your eye health, believe it or not. The red color they have on their skin is courtesy of carotenoids, mainly lutein and beta carotene. The body converts carotenes to vitamin A, which the eyes need to remain healthy. Studies have also shown that focusing on lutein-rich foods helps reduce eye problems, including age-related macular generation. Of course, other bananas also have these compounds, but red bananas have them in higher concentrations because of the red pigmentation on their peels. Why not increase your intake of red bananas and just witness how your eye condition betters with time!

vi.               They may help boost your skin condition

If your skin is losing its elasticity, dries, and keeps peeling off, you can try including red bananas in your diet and see the change that takes place. As you eat more of these fruits, you clear of the black spots that could be all over your skin. Besides, you can choose to apply ripe red bananas as a skin mask and see how your skin elasticity improves. Moreover, studies show that more than 75% of the red banana weight is water, meaning that these fruits are good hydrators, even bettering skin condition. All this adds to your confidence, boosting your self-esteem. After all, who doesn’t want glowing skin?

vii.             They may help purify blood and add hemoglobin count

Red blood cells and hemoglobin are important in the body, and lacking them results in anemia. Studies have shown that taking red bananas helps purify blood in the body and boost hemoglobin count. As such, doctors now recommend that anemic patients should take 2 to 3 red bananas to keep their blood purified and add on to red blood cells. Moreover, these fruits help transform tryptophan into serotonin hormone, which also promotes blood quality.

viii.          They are rich in antioxidants

Red bananas are crazily rich in antioxidants like other fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants are compounds that help the body find free radicals. The latter are spontaneous dangerous chemicals originating from the environment, pollution, metabolism, and other sources, which in small amounts, can be comfortably contained by the body. However, when left unattended, they accumulate and result in oxidative stress. This condition is linked to many health problems, including diabetes type 2, heart disease, and some forms of cancer. Red bananas are rich in several antioxidants, including dopamine, vitamin C, anthocyanins, and carotenoids. As stated previously, the body uses carotenoids to manufacture vitamin A, which helps keep the eyes safe. On the other hand, anthocyanins help fight coronary artery, a risk factor for heart disease.

ix.                They may boost the immune system

The immune system is the body’s defense system, and anything that affects it affects the entire body’s defense mechanism. Red bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and C, two vitamins useful in promoting the body’s immunity. As such, you can boost your red bananas intake to improve your body’s ability to fight infections.


Red bananas are one of the 1,000+ types of bananas found globally. They are sweet, have a raspberry aroma, and possess a rich nutritional profile. They also have several health benefits to the body, including promoting skin condition and eye health and boosting the immune system.

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Ksenia Sobchak, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication: Fashion Journalism, Central Saint Martins Ksenia Sobchak enjoys blogging on fashion, style, lifestyle, love and CBD areas. Prior to becoming a blogger, Ksenia worked for a renowned fashion brand. Ksenia is a contributing author to leading fashion, lifestyle and CBD magazines and blogs. You can bump into Ksenia at her favourite cafe in South Kensington where she has written most blogs. Ksenia is a staunch advocate of CBD and its benefits to people. Ksenia is also on the panel of CBD reviewers at CBD Life Mag and Chill Hempire. Her favourite form of CBD are CBD gummies and CBD tinctures. Ksenia is a regular contributor at leading fashion, lifestyle as well as CBD magazines and blogs.

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