Plums are not only a sweet and delicious treat-but a healthy one as well.  This stone fruit which comes in an array of colors-belongs to the Prunus domestica family, which also includes peaches, nectarine and almonds.  Plums are very low in cholesterol and sodium. They are also a good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and K. These delicious succulent fruits are quite low in calories- 100 grams contains just 46 calories and contains no saturated fats.

Fiber keeps your bowels moving; helping with weight management and preventing colon cancer.  It also helps with blood sugar control by slowing your body’s breakdown of carbohydrates and the absorption of sugar.  Fiber also reduces your risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.

Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that fights off free radical damage and prevents cancer.  It also keeps our immune system healthy and improves vision.  It also keeps our skin healthy by promoting new cell growth and keeps lines and wrinkles away by producing more collagen which is responsible for keeping the skin looking young.

Vitamin C is another powerful antioxidant that helps prevent cancer and also strengthens our immune system.  It also helps to prevent cataracts, protects against cardiovascular disease, helps us deal with stress, improves skin health, helps with wound healing, lowers cholesterol and reduces arthritis symptoms.

Vitamin K helps prevent blood clots which can lead to stroke.  It also improves memory, prevents heart disease, helps build and maintain strong bones, prevents cancer, fights off free radical damage, prevents cardiovascular disease and helps maintain healthy brain and nerve function.

Plums are also high in potassium which helps manage high blood pressure, reduces stroke risk and reduces risk of heart or kidney disorders.  It also helps us deal with anxiety and stress, as well as maintaining muscle strength, water balance, electrolytic functions, and nervous system.  It also enhances our metabolism which helps with weight management.

Plums also contain magnesium which is necessary for muscle contraction and nervous impulses.  It also helps with body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth.  It also helps with many body processes like delivering oxygen to tissues, proper digestion, regulating blood sugar levels and maintaining a healthy heart.

These sweet pitted fruits are a healthy snack option that provides a great dose of healthy boosting vitamins and minerals.  Do you need another reason to add them to your diet?

 

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