WEB DESK: Plums are widely cultivated at commercial scale in the United States, Europe, Japan and China. Several cultivars of plums are grown all over the world, which differ in their color, size and growth characteristics.
Generally, each variety of the plum tree bears numerous, almost uniform sized berries in the months of May and September.
Reduce risk of Stroke
Potassium help in reducing the risk of stroke and helps in controlling blood pressure. One medium-sized fresh plum contains 113 mg of potassium.
The reddish-blue pigment in some plums, called anthocyanins, may protect against cancer by mopping up harmful free radicals.
Dried plums – prunes – are a tried-and-true way to help your bowel do its work. Each prune has one gram of fiber.
Eat them as it is, or make a batch of softened prunes to keep in the fridge to have with granola and yogurt: Soak a few handfuls of prunes in freshly boiled water, cool and store in a covered jar in the fridge.
Control Blood sugar Level
In accordance with research of Dietitians of Canada, plums rank low on the glycemic index that helps in controlling blood sugar level and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Improve Bones Health
Researchers from Florida State and Oklahoma State universities tested two groups of postmenopausal women over the span of 12 months for bone density.
One group ate 100 grams of prunes per day (about 10 prunes); the other ate 100 grams of dried apples. Both groups took calcium and vitamin D supplements.
The findings indicated that the prune group had substantially higher bone mineral density in the spine and forearms.
Rich in Antioxidants
Plums are rich in antioxidants. Eating three to four antioxidant rich plums a day can neutralize cell damaging free radicals that affect your memory.