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Plum Crazy! 8 Health Benefits and Fascinating Facts

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:21+00:00 December 6th, 2013|Nutrition, PowerFoods|

I love plums!  The best things about them are that plums are a low-calorie powerfood that won’t spike your blood sugar levels and are full of health benefits.

History:

  • Plums have been written about as early as 479 B.C.
  • The plum tree was significant in Chinese mythology.  It was often carved on jade and was associated with wisdom.
  • Japanese plums originated in China. Japanese plums were introduced to the U.S. in the late 19th century.
  • It is thought that plums were one of the first fruits domesticated by humans.
  • Pompey the Great in 65 B.C. introduced plums to Rome, and Alexander the Great eventually brought them to the Mediterranean.

“The branches of the aspen plum
To and fro they sway
How can I not think of her?
But home is far away”

Confucius

8 Plum Health Benefits:

1.  Protects your heart.
A medium fresh plum contains 113 mg of potassium that helps manage high blood pressure and reduce risk of stroke.

2.  Great for Relieving constipation and digestive problems.
Filled with dietary fiber.

3.  Protect against cancer and cell damage.
Cleans up harmful free radicals with the anthocyanins, reddish-blue pigment in some plums.

bone health Plums for bone health.

4. Improves bone health.
In a study one group ate prunes, the other group ate dried apples and both took calcium and vitamin D supplements. The prune group had substantially higher bone mineral density in the spine and forearms.  (Florida State and Oklahoma State universities Research.)

5.  Helps to Prevent diabetes.
Plums have a low glycaemic index so eating plums can help you control your blood sugar and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes according to the Dieticians of Canada.

6.  Low in Calories.
This is very beneficial when dieting. A small plum contains only 30 calories.

7.  Plums destroy breast cancer cells.
Plum extracts can kill breast cancer cells in their most aggressive forms; the surrounding healthy cells were not harmed by the treatment. (ScienceDaily.com)

8.  Improves brain memory.
Plums are full of antioxidants that have been shown to slow the development of Alzheimer’s. (The University of Harvard Health Research.)  They also contain anthocyanin and quercetin, beneficial for preventing brain cell-breakdown.

“You can’t evoke great spirits and eat plums at the same time.” – George William Russell Plum blossoms flower in winter when the snow is still on the ground, & represent strength and endurance. Plum blossoms flower in winter when the snow is still on the ground, & represent strength and endurance.

Plum Trivia:

  • Plums are the second most cultivated fruit in the world.
  • More than one hundred varieties of plum stones were found on Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose, which sank in 1545.
  • In Japan, February is the month for plums; there are plum blossoms everywhere.
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