Plum Benefits For the Bones


plumPlums are may be known for its benefits to overcome constipation, but in fact it has other benefits for human health. Scientists found that women who have undergone menopause will be avoided from attacks of osteoporosis and fractures by eating approximately 10 plums a day.

According to the Daily Mail, the University of Florida and Oklahoma have shown that dried plum are more beneficial than figs, dates, strawberries, apples, or dried raisins to increase bone density. Plum works to suppress bone loss that typically occurs when a person’s age increases.

“Throughout my career, I had tested a lot of fruits to see its effects on bone. But none had ever had an effect like plum,” said Bahram H. Arjmandi, Professor at the  University of Florida who is also Head of the American Department of Nutritional Sciences, Food, and Sports.

All fruits and vegetables, he says, contain nutrients that are good. But only some of them contain contents that gives benefits to the bone.

Arjmandi along with a group of researchers carried out tests for two groups of postmenopausal women. For one year, the first group consisted of 55 women, were asked to consume 100 grams of dried plums or at least 10 plums a day. Whereas the other group were asked to eat dried apples in the same dose.

Based on the research, it is seen that all participants got calcium and vitamin D from both fruits. But the group who ate dried plums have a mineral that makes their bones more dense in the ulna part compared with the other group. The ulna is one of the two long bones located in the forearm and spine.

“Within the first 5 to 7 years after menopause, women are at risk of bone loss around 3% – 5% per year,” said Arjmandi. “But this does not only occur in women, man aged about 65 years old will experience the same thing as a woman.”

He suggested not to wait until the bones fractures or have osteoporosis and needs physician help. “Do something meaningful and practical, like eating this fruit. Plums can be eaten in any form and can be served as a recipe.”