Plums come in all colors—white, green, yellow, red, and purple—and they’re delicious. Yet, plums are more than colorful or delicious. They have numerous health benefits. For instance, plums will help you slim down, protect you against macular degeneration, regulate digestion, and give you gorgeous legs all at the same time. Here’s how:
Plums encourage weight loss because they’re acidic and because they are high in vitamin C. Both traits encourage bile production, and, bile production, in turn, helps your body to process dietary fat and speed it through the digestive tract before it can be absorbed.
Besides encouraging weight loss, plums protect you against macular degeneration. Studies have shown fruit is particularly important to good eye health and to prevent macular degeneration you need three servings of fruit a day. Plums are a great fruit to help you reach your goal of three fruit servings a day.
Digestion is helped by three important ingredients found in plums—insoluble fiber, known as hemicellulose; the natural laxative dihydrophenlisatin; and, sorbitol, which is a natural sugar alcohol. Together these ingredients reduce constipation, prevent bloating, and improve digestion.
If you want fabulous legs, you need to be eating plums. Plums not only contain antioxidants which help to strengthen venous walls but they also contain more vitamin K than any other fruit. Vitamin K is important because it stimulates the body’s production of thrombin, which helps prevent and treat spider and varicose veins.
Besides all the above benefits, plums also contain powerful antioxidants that efficiently fight a destructive and toxic by-product released by the immune system, known as superoxide anion radical. They’re also high in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B2, and potassium, and they increase the body’s ability to absorb iron. But that’s not all. Plums also contain loads of vitamin K, which is necessary for blood coagulation, bone metabolism, and vascular health. So, with all these health benefits and the delicious taste of plums, it seems there’s no way you can go wrong eating this fruit.