Health benefits – the humble prune

Health benefits – the humble prune

Prunes’ Unique Antioxidant Phytonutrients

The fresh version (plums) and the dried version (prunes) of the plant scientifically known as Prunus domestica have been the subject of repeated health research for their high content of unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid.prune

These substances found in prunes and plums are classified as phenols, and their function as antioxidants has been well documented. These damage-preventing substances are particularly effective in neutralizing a particularly dangerous oxygen radical called superoxide anion radical, and they have also been shown to help prevent oxygen-based damage to fats.

Since our cell membranes, brain cells and molecules such as cholesterol are largely composed of fats, preventing free radical damage to fats is no small benefit.

Normalizing Blood Sugar Levels and Helping with Weight Loss

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

And, prunes’ soluble fiber promotes a sense of satisfied fullness after a meal by slowing the rate at which food leaves the stomach, so prunes can also help prevent overeating and weight gain.

Prunes’ Fibre for Regularity, Lower Cholesterol, & Intestinal Protection

Prunes are well known for their ability to prevent constipation.

In addition to providing bulk and decreasing the transit time of fecal matter, thus decreasing the risk of colon cancer and hemorrhoids, prunes’ insoluble fibre also provides food for the “friendly” bacteria in the large intestine.

When these helpful bacteria ferment prunes’ insoluble fibre, they produce a short-chain fatty acid called butyric acid, which serves as the primary fuel for the cells of the large intestine and helps maintain a healthy colon.

These helpful bacteria also create two other short-chain fatty acids, propionic and acetic acid, which are used as fuel by the cells of the liver and muscles.

The propionic acid produced from prunes’ insoluble fibre may also be partly responsible for the cholesterol-lowering properties of fiber.

In animal studies, propionic acid has been shown to inhibit HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme involved in the production of cholesterol by the liver.

By lowering the activity of this enzyme, propionic acid helps lower blood cholesterol levels.

In addition, prunes’ soluble fibres help to lower cholesterol by binding to bile acids and removing them from the body via the feces.

Bile acids are compounds used to digest fat that are manufactured by the liver from cholesterol. When they are excreted along with prunes’ fibre, the liver must manufacture new bile acids and uses up more cholesterol, thus lowering the amount of cholesterol in circulation.

Soluble fibre may also reduce the amount of cholesterol manufactured by the liver.     –  –  –  –  –  –

Lastly, the insoluble fibre provided by prunes feed friendly bacteria in the digestive tract, which helps to maintain larger populations of friendly bacteria.

In addition to producing the helpful short-chain fatty acids described above, friendly bacteria play an important protective role by crowding out pathogenic (disease-causing) bacteria and preventing them from surviving in the intestinal tract. – — – – – –  :

Iron Absorption

The ability of plum and prune to increase absorption of iron into the body has also been documented in published research. exerpts from” whfoods.org”

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