Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Plum way to health

Prunus domestica - Prune
The colorful juicy plums are a sweet way to stay fit. Plum is a special fruit that contains high amount of disease-fighting antioxidants. Antioxidants have grabbed the attention of the medical world in recent times owing to their anti-cancer and anti-aging properties. Plums are a rich source of dietary fiber and vitamin C. These oval shaped drupes are pleasing to the palate and contain certain unique phytonutrients. The dried version of plums called prunes is ideal for bone fortification. Women are more vulnerable to bone disorders and eating prunes regularly will buttress their bones. Prunes are also natural sources of boron, potassium and vitamin K which are vital for bone health. Consuming fresh plums on a regular basis can prevent macular degeneration, heart diseases, arthritis and osteoporosis. Prune juice is a handy home remedy for constipation. Plums are also known to promote sharp vision and prevent bone loss. Plums have oxalates and so people suffering from kidney or gall stones must abstain from eating them. Plums can be eaten raw, tossed with cereal and grains or made into stew along with onions, garlic and carrots.


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