Hello! Iím Anju Kapoor and I welcome you to my article on the many benefits of prunes. Prunes are dried plums which can provide a number of vital nutrients for the proper functioning of the body systems. Prunes benefits and nutrition is one of the most widely discussed subjects in recent times among the health conscious population of the world. In most peopleís minds they are associated with constipation. But prunes have a lot of benefits from a nutritional point of view. Here are some of the many benefits of eating prunes.
1. Prunes contain high levels of vitamin A and beta-carotene [antioxidant]. These two vitamins have a vital part to play in sustaining healthy vision and are great for combating acne and other skin conditions. Antioxidants may help lower the risk of heart and lung diseases, some cancers, cataract formation and the effects of ageing.
2. Prunes are rich in Vitamin B6 which helps convert protein, fats, and carbohydrates into energy.
3. Prunes are rich in Vitamin E, an important antioxidant assisting with cell regeneration.
4. Prunes can help to fight cancer because of the high beta carotene content.
5. Prunes are rich in vitamin c which aids the body in healing damaged tissue and cells.
6. Prunes contain a lot of fiber so they can aid in weight loss, giving those who eat it a feeling of fullness.
7. Prunes are also a source of insoluble dietary fiber that aids in the production of particularly good bacteria within the intestinal tract, so it is known as an innately effective probiotic. Fiber is also an important component of prunes, though not a nutrient. Prunes are replete with insoluble fiber, which serves a few important functions. First, this fiber soaks up huge amounts of water. Water normally gathers in your intestines, causing waste to be passed easily and quickly through the eliminatory system.
8. The dietary fiber in prunes certainly does act as a form of natural laxative and colon maintenance provider, aiding in certain circumstances with constipation, hemorrhoids.
9. Prunes are a great source of iron and help with the process of respiration; they work at the cellular level to synthesize hemoglobin so it can carry the oxygen throughout our systems.
10. The health benefits of prunes may also extend to the heart. The antioxidants found in prunes may help to prevent oxidation of cholesterol in the blood stream which could lead to plaque formation in the arteries.
12. Prunes are different in that they have a low sodium quantity and a high potassium level meaning the fruit is a wonderful way to regulate blood pressure and reduce water retention within the body. Potassium also assists the muscles and nervous system to perform a peak levels.
13. Prunes also have a high amount of magnesium in them. It is already known that magnesium is quite useful to the aging body and helps us to achieve and maintain sufficient energy levels. Magnesium is a mineral important at working to relax the muscles, nerves and blood vessels in the body. It helps to alleviate sore muscles, effects of asthma and migraine headaches.
14. A lone cup of prunes, approximately one hundred seventy four grams, has roughly 0.5 mg. of copper. The copper also plays a role in maintaining elasticity in blood vessels, connective tissues and joints.
15. The continuous ingestion of the fruit lessens the chances of contracting inflammatory problems such as rheumatoid arthritis.
16. There are traces of the mineral manganese in prunes. Manganese is a vital co-factor in support of numerous enzymatic activities within the body.
17. Prunes are rich in Zinc which helps convert protein, fats, and carbohydrates into energy
18. The way prune juice can assist with weight loss is if the juice is used as a healthy substitute for unhealthy foods.
19. Pancreas help to produce insulin needed to maintain proper blood sugar levels. Evidence proves prune juice can help stabilize blood sugar levels.
20. There are particular phenolic elements found in prunes which contribute aid as antioxidants that work to eradicate free radicals from the body.
Though the benefits of prunes are many people with problems of gall bladder and kidney stones should avoid them. The fruit contains certain amount of oxalates, which when too concentrated in body fluids can become crystallized and cause health problems. Studies have indicated that oxalates interfere with the absorption of calcium from the body.
Also they are high in natural sugar and may not be good for people watching their carbohydrate diet.
So, the delicious, sweet and chewy prunes can be a truly healthy addition to your diet.
You can eat them directly or add them to desserts, cereal, smoothies, salads and many other sweet dishes. Prunes can also be excellent for including in cakes, and garnishing baked foods. So, you can incorporate this fruit in your diet in various ways to derive all the prunes benefits.
Authorís profile: The writer is a HR professional whose passion in life is to help others. She has been a Software professional and a Sales executive. She has also been a student counsellor where she found maximum satisfaction and decided to follow this field. She has been instrumental in getting aid for several underprivileged children and wishes to work for children in future especially the deprived ones.