Raise your hand if you’re still eating prunes.
I bet hardly any hands went up. Because these much-maligned treats have fallen out of favor over the years.
Prunes are sticky. They serve as the punchline for countless jokes. And perhaps the most fatal blow to their popularity of all is that putting prunes into your shopping cart is practically announcing to the world, “I’ve got poop problems.”
Well, my friend, it’s time to put those prunes back into the cart with pride. Because new research shows how a couple of sticky and perfectly sweet prunes can deliver far more than just relief from toilet troubles.
Prunes could help protect you from major chronic diseases and maybe even death itself.
Cut your disease risk with this daily habit
It’s high time prunes got a makeover. So if it makes you feel better, you can start calling them dried plums.
But no matter what you call them, you’re likely going to want to start eating them again. And that’s rare advice from me because I typically tell folks to avoid eating too many dried fruits.
But not this time. Because in a new study munching on five or six prunes a day was linked to three critical health improvements in the volunteers:
- HIGHER antioxidant levels
- LOWER inflammation
- BETTER cholesterol
And make no mistake, those are some pretty vital benefits.
Fighting off oxidative stress is the key to slowing cellular aging. And, of course, inflammation is a key driver behind ALL major chronic diseases, including heart disease.
And while regular old LDL cholesterol is often overblown as a health marker, drug-free cholesterol improvements are always welcome. And the prunes led to just what you want to see, which is a gentle dip in LDL along with an increase in HDL.
The study also found something else a little surprising. Like most dried fruits, prunes are pretty dense in calories. Yet, no one in the study gained any weight.
Pick prunes for bunches of health benefits
But those aren’t the only benefits a regular prune habit can bring to the table.
Prunes are also a great source of potassium which can help control blood pressure. (Click here to discover 5 surprising signs you’re low in potassium.) Plus, they’re a good source of vitamins A, B6, C, and K.
That means they pack a whole lot of nutrition into a tiny space. One study even found that the same number of prunes—five or six a day—may slow bone loss, especially in older women at risk of osteoporosis.
But, of course, prunes are really most famous for their fiber content, which is essential to more than just digestion. Fiber can also help regulate blood sugar, for example.
Now everyone with diabetes already knows how vital blood sugar regulation is, of course. But the truth is better glucose control is crucial for continued good health even if you DON’T have the disease.
For example, earlier this year I wrote about how high blood sugar, even in non-diabetics, can have a disastrous effect on your brain.
That same fiber is also linked to a lower risk of colorectal cancer. Plus, emerging research finds fiber, as you’ll find in those prunes, may help reduce your risk for other forms of cancer as well, including some forms of breast cancer.
One study even found that fiber will help you sleep better. Which I have to admit is NOT a benefit I ever expected to be tied to prun… I mean, dried plums.
With all those health benefits, you shouldn’t be ashamed to put some prunes in your shopping cart on your next grocery store run. But don’t worry, if you’re still feeling a little shy, you can also order them online these days.