Wellness Pathway #122: Eat Prunes Daily

Every time I turn around, it seems there’s another study praising the health benefits of prunes. Let’s start with the well-known benefit of regularity. Twelve prunes provide 7 grams of dietary fiber, or one fifth the minimum daily requirement for optimum health. Fiber is nature’s broom for a clean and healthy gastrointestinal tract, plus it provides other health benefits such as controlling cholesterol, see Wellness Pathway #111. But this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to prunes.

Prunes are naturally high in antioxidants. Of the foods scoring highest for their Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) — a test measuring antioxidant ability — prunes top the list. Eating plenty of prunes and other high-ORAC fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of age-related diseases and senility, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A recent study out of Oklahoma State University shows that eating 12 prunes a day helps to prevent bone loss with no significant gastrointestinal side effects. You can’t get all these health benefits from a pill, so eat prunes daily. Start with two a day and work your way up to twelve.

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