Meet the delicious dried plum – the prune. Although relatively low key in some places till now, we are rapidly waking up to the glorious health benefits that are exclusive only to this particular dry fruit…
1. Helps you see better
Prunes are rich in retinol, the vitamin that is responsible for healthy vision. Deficiency of Vitamin A can cause dry eyes, night blindness and even cataract. But thanks to prunes, your family can enjoy healthy vision.
2. Antioxidants galore
Did you know prunes are even higher up on the antioxidant scale than blueberries? Yes, prunes are packed with iron and manganese that work as antioxidants. The plant phenolics in prunes help protect the cell membranes that save it from everyday wear and tear. This keeps your body fit and protected from free radical damage.
3. Keeps your heart stronger
A recommended amount of potassium daily can significantly lower blood pressure, thus keeping problems like heart disease, dizziness, heart attacks and strokes at bay. Prunes can play a major role in fulfilling your body’s requirement of potassium.
4. Constipation relief
Prunes help the body digest food properly and that’s why they are a great laxative as well. They regulate bowel movement due to their high fibre content and sorbitol (natural sugar contained in prunes). Prunes pull moisture into the digestive tracts and that is what regulates stuck bowel movements. Thanks to these yummy dry fruits, your tummy is happy!
5. Increases hair lustre
What if we tell you prunes can also keep your mane lustrous? The rationale is that prunes are high in iron and this combats the effects of iron deficiency like dryness, discoloration and hair loss. This in turn, gives you the shiniest, silkiest hair after regular consumption of prunes.
6. Glowing skin tonic
Prune juice if taken regularly can load your body with essential vitamins and minerals. And naturally, your skin, or the largest organ in your body, will benefit from this. Your skin soaks up all the goodness from the prunes and thanks you by giving you glow and radiance in return. Not a bad deal at all!
7. Promotes weight loss
Juicing prunes will give you a concoction that keeps you feeling full and energetic, thus curbing any unhealthy cravings or in-between snacking. This is especially beneficial for people struggling with weight loss on account of diabetes. Prunes help control sudden spikes in blood sugar levels as they are digested slowly. This means you will be less tempted to consume fattening snacks!