It is this time of the year when we can enjoy the sweet and juicy taste of plums. While snacking on this fruit this afternoon, I thought of talking a bit about its many health benefits.
Plum is related to the family of peaches, and can be found in many colors ranging from red, blue-black, purple or yellow.
Like many other fruits, plums are rich in dietary fiber, which helps in digestion, and is also great in treating chronic constipation problems.
Plums, also called prunes have unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid, which act as antioxidants, preventing damage to your neurons in the cell membranes. Antioxidants also prevent the growth of cancerous cells and tumors in the body. Due to the presence of antioxidants, plums can help with anxiety.
They also increase iron absorption in the body leading to better blood circulation, which causes healthy tissues and fresh skin. Plums also work as a cleansing agent that purifies the blood and prevents heart complications. Meanwhile, the potassium in plums can be helpful to manage your blood pressure by getting rid of extra sodium, and reducing tension in the walls of your blood vessels. By maintaining a low blood pressure, your odds of a stroke are lessened.
Plums have high vitamin C content which means that they help protect the body against health conditions like asthma, influenza and arthritis. The vitamin C in plums also is well-regarded for assisting in your body’s healing, building muscle, and is great for your eyes, too.
To get more vitamin C, it is advisable to take plums in the juice form where Vitamin C is more concentrated. I have had now four small plums. These are considered as 1 exchange of fruit, and so have 60 calories. If they are medium in size, you should consider 3 as 1 exchange.
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