Like many other delicious fruits we’ve been through, plums have massive anti-oxidant power, essential for encouraging good bodily functions. Some of the many benefits plums can provide include treating macular degeneration, osteoporosis, cancer, obesity, and diabetes. They also assist with reducing cholesterol levels, resulting in a healthier heart! Additionally, plums improve cognition, boost immunity, improve cellular health, maintain electrolyte balance, keep the nervous system healthy, and aid in skin care and blood clotting (Organic Facts, 2018). Phew! That’s quite a list, let’s delve deeper into a few of these benefits...
Plums have been the subject of repeated health research for their high content of unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid. For people who have no idea what those words mean (don’t worry you’re not alone), essentially these powerful antioxidants prevent free radical damage to fats found in membranes and brain cells. Thus, plums have a very positive impact on brain activity.
They also have an ability to increase iron absorption, which is due to the high level of vitamin C present. This also results in a strong immune system, protecting you against getting the flu!! 😍 (Elliott, 2017)
Plums can even assist with weight loss! Let us explain.. soluble fibre found in plums can help you feel full! Which in turn prevent you from overeating (WH Foods, 2018).
This high amount of fibre can also assist in relieving constipation!!
Let's get into the nitty-gritty stuff, check out the nutritional profile below:
Elliott, B. (2017, May 13). 7 Health Benefits of Plums and Prunes. Retrieved from Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-plums-prunes
Organic Facts. (2018, Feb 14). 21 Best Benefits Of Plums. Retrieved from Organic Facts: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-plums.html
WH Foods. (2018, 02 02). Plums & Prunes. Retrieved from World Healthiest Foods: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=35