Monday, October 06, 2014

Black Plum

Black plums contain Vitamins C and A, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, choline, folic acid, malaic acid, sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc and iron.

Anthocyanins are present in appreciable quantities and the reason for the antioxidant activity of the fruit.  The phytonutrients in plums can help inhibit breast cancer.  Zeaxanthin, an important dietary carotenoid, is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions.  They also provide about 5% RDA levels of Vitamin K. Vitamin K is essential for many clotting factors function in the blood as well as in bone metabolism and helps reduce Alxheimer's disease in the elderly.  They are low in calories and helpful in treating diabetes.  There are actually more antioxidants in the dried plums, called prunes, than in the fresh ones, but drying them also increases their natural sugar content as well. The ability of plums and prunes to increase absorption of iron into the body has also been documented in published research. This ability of plums and prunes to make iron more available may be related to the vitamin C content of this fruit. Our food ranking system qualified plums as a very good so urce of Vitamin C.  

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