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Prunes Health Benefits

Prunes are nutritious fruits that are extremely fun to eat since they have a sweet, deep taste and a sticky, chewy texture. Prunes are actually dried plums, more specifically the dried version of European plums, including the Agen variety.

 

Prunes and plums contain high levels of phytonutrients called phenols. They are particularly high in two unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid.

 

Numerous studies show that these phytonutrients help to prevent damage to cells particularly when it comes to the oxidation of fat molecules in the body.

 

Since all of our cell membranes, as well as our brain cells, are largely made up of fat, these are important phytonutrients to have in the diet.

 

Prunes soluble fiber helps normalize blood sugar levels by slowing the rate at which food leaves the stomach and by delaying the absorption of glucose (the form in which sugar is transported in the blood) following a meal.

 

Soluble fiber also increases insulin sensitivity and can therefore play a helpful role in the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes.

 

Potassium is another unexpected benefit you get from eating prunes, which is beneficial for blood pressure and regulating your heartbeat. Prunes contain the same phenols that plums have, protecting the fats in our system from damage.

 

They also have significant amounts of beta-carotene, whose antioxidant function helps prevent cataracts, cancer, and heart disease.

 

These health benefits of prunes may be linked to their high concentration of the trace element boron which is postulated to play a role in prevention of osteoporosis and osteopenia. A single serving of prunes (100 grams) fulfils the daily requirement for boron.

 

Constipation is a common bowel movement that many people experience. If you have difficulty passing bowels and your bowel movements only occur about two to three times a week then you are probably constipated.

 

Constipation is also accompanied with other symptoms such as bloating, stomach cramps, headaches and appetite loss. This fruit is a good choice to relieve constipation. Prunes are also extraordinarily rich in vitamin A.

 

In fact, two servings of prunes a day already make up half of the daily requirement for this vitamin. As you probably know, vitamin A plays an important role in skin health among other health aspects.

 

As an antioxidant, vitamin A clears your system of certain toxins that can cause skin problems such as acne, wrinkles and fine lines. Getting plenty of vitamin A from your diet also helps your skin stay moisturized.

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