Prune Juice is a drink that is produced from dried plums or prunes and contains a variety of nutrients that are beneficial for human health. Many people tend to associate this drink only to the elderly, but that is wrong. Below are 8 surprising health benefits of prune juice that will convince anyone to become a consumer.
1. To regulate body function.
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Prunes contain potassium (an electrolyte that helps in a variety of essential functions of the body). This mineral aids with nerve impulses, heart rhythm, contraction of muscles, digestion and blood pressure.
Given that our bodies do not serve as a natural source of potassium, it becomes a reasonable thing for us to consume this juice in order not to fall short of the mineral (potassium).
Prunes are very rich in fibre and most of it is soluble. The soluble fibre, (like cellulose, pectin, lignins etc) is capable of increasing stool size which in turn increases bowel movement.
Apart from potassium, prunes also contain sorbitol – a special kind of sugar – which serves as a laxative. This type of sugar stays in the human bowel and sucks water into the stool which leads to consistent and frequent bowel movements.
Extracts of prune juice have been tested on some individuals and found to be able to repress cancer growth (by causing cancer cells to die).
Additionally, research suggests that the protocatechuic acid in prunes can help to prevent malignancy (a characterization of cancer) in different tissues.
4. Reduces plaque build-up.
Researchers have found that prune juice can help to slow down the development of a condition known as atherosclerosis (plaque build up in the arteries). If atherosclerosis is not treated, it can lead to health problems like heart attack, stroke, or even heart failure.
5. Balances blood sugar.
Prune juice is different from other sweet drinks because it doesn’t cause a substantial rise in blood sugar. Instead, the soluble fibre that it contains slows the absorption of sugar from other foods.
Soluble fibre also increases the sensitivity of insulin, which can play an important role in treating and preventing type 2 diabetes.
6. Serves as a good source of iron.
Iron deficiency can cause a shortage of healthy red blood cells in the body which in turn can lead to Anemia. Therefore consuming prune juice which is a good source of iron, can help to prevent anemia.
an average adult person requires 10 mg of iron a day, a menstruating woman will need 15mg and a pregnant woman requires as much as 30mg of iron daily.
7. For the building of bones and muscles.
Since dried prunes are a good source of the mineral boron, consuming prune juice will, therefore, help in the coordination of muscle and the building of strong bones.
More so, prunes can also be used to combat the loss of bone density which is a day to day side effect of radiation.
8 To control the intake of food.
Consumption of prune juice can help in weight management because it has the potential to keep an individual feeling full for a reasonable length of time. For example, it has the ability to overcome hunger much longer than a low-fat cookie.