Dried plum: A superfood with immense health benefits

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 24, 2017

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  • Eat dried plums daily for a healthy heart.
  • It is rich in phenolic compounds.
  • Plums are known to boost immunity.

Since oxidative stress and chronic inflammation play important roles in cancer development, dried plums with antioxidative and anti-inflammatory properties hold promise for cancer chemoprevention. The  antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive activities of dried fruits like plums are largely attributed to their  polyphenols and vitamins.


Dried plums


Over the past several decades, extensive efforts have  been made to find a cure for cancer. However, the number  of new cancer cases, which has been recorded as about 3 million in the year 2000, is expected to be 7.1 million by the year 2020.


Prunes are dried plums, fruits of Prunus domestica, L., which belongs to the Rosaceae family that originated in the Caucasus region of Western Asia. It was reported that the antioxidant capacity of prunes extracts was

the highest among dried fruits.


Regular consumption of dried plums may have beneficial health effects as they contain significant amounts of sorbitol, quinic acid, chlorogenic acids, vitamin K1, boron, copper, and potassium.


Anti cancer properties

Dried plums contain biologically active components that may provide effective interventions for loss of structural integrity caused by radiotherapy or unavoidable exposure to space radiation incurred over long-duration spaceflight. Many studies have revealed that dried plums are potentially active to alter the metabolism causing colon cancer. Actually the plum significantly increases the number of  good bacteria in the gut known as Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes leading to regularization of proper digestion.

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Prevents cardiovascular diseases

Phenolic compounds present in dried plum prevents the deposition of fat on walls of arteries.Additionally, high potassium content of prunes have shown beneficial effect on cardiovascular health.

Maintains blood sugar level

Snacking on dried plums may increase satiety and reduce the subsequent intake of food, helping to control obesity, diabetes, and related cardiovascular diseases. Despite their sweet taste, dried plums do not cause large postprandial rise in blood glucose and insulin.

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Prevents gastrointestinal infection

The characteristic phenolic compounds and their metabolites may also act as antibacterial agents in both gastrointestinal and urinary tracts.


Prevents osteoporosis

Dried plum significantly increases bone mineral density in comparison with dried apples. Dried plums significantly improves the bone mineral density in postmenopausal women in part due to suppressing the rate of of bone turnover and bone resorption.


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