Prunes - Learn More About Nutritious Dried Plums

Date: 04/10/2020


Health Stream | Food Facts

By, K Patel, MD, MPH

Prunes are dried wrinkled plums loaded with healthy nutrients. Prunes may help in relieving constipation, improve bone health and may provide other health benefits.

 

Prunes are rich in following nutrients:

 

Dietary Fiber – 48% Daily Value

Functions of Dietary fiber:

Makes you feel full faster and helps in weight control

Helps in digestion

Prevents constipation

 

Potassium – 36% Daily Value

Functions of Potassium:

Helps in nerve and muscle function

Helps in lowering blood pressure by countering effect of sodium

Moves nutrients into the cells and waste products out of the cells

Keeps heartbeat steady

 

Vitamin A – 27% Daily Value

Functions of Vitamin A:

Vital for Vision

Helps with Bone growth

Helps with Reproduction

Important for our immune system

 

Vitamin B6 – 20% Daily Value

Functions of Vitamin B6:

Make antibodies to boost up immunity

Make hemoglobin

Maintains normal nerve function

Helps in controlling blood sugar

 

Magnesium – 17% Daily Value

Functions of Magnesium:

Maintains normal nerve and muscle function

Keeps heartbeat steady

Supports immune system

Keeps bones strong

May help in preventing Migraines

 

Based on 1 serving of Prunes: 1 cup pitted (174g)

Percentage daily values are based on 2,000 Cal diet.

Sources: USDA, Medlineplus.gov

 

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