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Wonderful health benefits of prunes

BY: Deena David | Category: Food and Drinks | Post Date: 2009-09-25

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Prunes are fruits that are dried plums. They are very much liked by many people. It is eaten for its health benefits. The number of health benefits related to prunes is increasing each day. As a fruit, it has many benefits as scientists are telling the people to eat fruits and vegetables more than any other kind of foods. This is because fruits contain many essential foods that help to get the body's defense mechanism to be ready to fight against all kinds of diseases.

The various health benefits of prunes are listed in this article.

1. Antioxidants:
The prunes that are died into plums have antioxidants that are six times more than in the fresh state. The antioxidants present in this fruit help to prevent cancer. Prunes should be in the diet of every person. This is because increased intake of prunes in the diet will help to prevent cancer. The presence of beta-carotene in prunes also help to prevent cancer. So prunes can be said to prevent cancer in more than one way.

2. Constipation: Prunes can be eaten to prevent constipation. This is because there is a large amount of fiber present in prunes. Along with the fiber, prunes also have sorbitol that is a stool loosening substance. This helps to prevent constipation.

3. Anemia: Prunes help to prevent anemia because of the increased iron content present. So this health benefit of prunes can be used when a person needs to reduce the risk of anemia.

4. Ageing: Prunes help to maintain and even increase the brains capacity and the vitality of a person. Thus it can be said of prunes that they help in curbing the ageing process. It helps to maintain the brain function. This is an important reason that it is used to prevent Alzheimer's disease. People who are getting old should eat prunes to keep their memory intact for a longer period of time.

5. Diabetes: Prunes help in preventing a person from getting diabetes. The exact mechanism of this has not been identified, but it has been seen that people who have been on a regular diet of prunes have had a lesser incidence of diabetes than those who have not been on a regular diet of prunes.

6. Cholesterol and cardio vascular diseases: Regular intake of prunes has been identified to reduce the levels of cholesterol in people. This effect is so great that people who are on a regular diet of prunes have lesser risk of cardio vascular disease. In this age where the lifestyles have changed and more people are identified with high cholesterol levels that are leading to increased cardio vascular problems, the effect of prunes in reducing these risks are a great health benefit that has to be utilized fully.

The various health benefits of prunes listed above are due to the presence of various essential nutrients and minerals that are present in prunes. These include adequate amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin B and Vitamin C. Along with the vitamins; there are also minerals such as Calcium, Iron and Phosphorous.

These are the various health benefits of prunes.

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About Author / Additional Info: I have completed my Masters Degree in Paediatric Nursing. I am a writer with a passion for writing. I have been writing for some blogs and other sites. Comments are welcome at the following e mail address: deenaanddavid@gmail.com

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