I seldom see prunes in Philippines and I think it’s rarely found here. Perhaps that’s the reason why I was not familiar with this fruit. Prune are dried plum specifically the European Plums which is sweet and sticky. It’s very nutritious and beneficial to our digestive system in fact it is consider as one of the healthiest food so including this food in your diet would be a luxury for your health.
The following are the health benefits we can get from eating dried prunes or drinking prune juice.
- Relieves Constipation. Prune is reach in soluble fiber which absorbs water in our body and softens the stool. I suffered from constipation when I was pregnant. My OB advised me to drink prune juice, and true enough, prune relieves the constipation.
- Powerful Antioxidant. Prune contains high levels of hydroxycinnamic acids and anthocyanins making it a number one antioxidant food.
- Reduces the risk of Osteoporosis. The high concentration of boron elements and the potassium found in prune can help develop a healthy bone which may reduce the risk of Osteoporosis.
- Reduces high blood pressure. The generous amount of potassium in prune may help lower high blood pressure. Potassium is essential in keeping low blood pressure.
To acquire the health benefits of prunes, eat aleast 100 gms or dried prunes or at least 2 glasses of prune juice a day. It is also advisable to consume freshly dried prune or plum as it contains higher nutrients compared to processed ones as it looses some of the nutrients during processing.