Unlocking the Power of Dried Plums: A Natural Remedy for Osteoporosis

Editor’s Note: This article is a reprint. It was originally published March 27, 2017.

If you know anyone with osteoporosis, you may be familiar with some of the more overt signs, such as broken bones, weak grip strength or back pain. People with this condition may develop a “stooped” posture or even become shorter because their bones are literally being compressed.

There’s good news, though, as a study revealed dramatic and positive effects from dried plums. Scientists found that “dried plum not only protects against but more importantly reverses bone loss in two separate models of osteopenia,” another name for bone loss and the forerunner of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis affects both males and females, although more women than men. One study describes it as a “debilitating disorder” exacerbated by age:

Unlocking the Power of Dried Plums

Aside from existing drug therapies, certain lifestyle and nutritional factors are known to reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

“Our [three]-month clinical trial indicated that the consumption of dried plum daily by postmenopausal women significantly increased serum markers of bone formation, total alkaline phosphatase, bone-specific alkaline phosphatase and insulin-like growth factor-I by 12, 6, and 17%, respectively.”1

Ironically, several drugs taken for osteoporosis taken for five years or more have been shown to actually cause esophageal cancer. In exploring non-pharmacological alternative therapies, researchers discovered dried plums may not only protect against but reverse the condition.

Researcher Bahram H. Arjmandi, Ph.D., from Florida State University, said that over his entire career, he’d examined many fruits, including figs, dates, strawberries and raisins, but none of them come close to having the effect on bone density that dried plums or prunes have. In terms of bone health, this particular food is exceptional.

Plum History and Description

Closely related to apricots, peaches, and almonds, plums are an ancient fruit that experts believe may have originated in China. Prunes, the dried version of plums, are packed with nutrients.

A Comparison of Nutritional Attributes Between Plums and Prunes

Prunes are significantly higher in antioxidants than many other dried or fresh fruits or vegetables. Consuming prunes regularly can improve your overall health and well-being.

Fiber: Good for Gut Health and Colorectal Cancer Prevention

In addition to improving bone health, prunes can lower your risk of colon cancer. The high fiber content in prunes also helps maintain a healthy gut microbiome.

More Benefits From Plums and Prunes

Eating plums and prunes regularly can help prevent constipation, stomach pain, and hemorrhoids. They are also beneficial in reducing the risk of colorectal cancer.

The Role of Fructose in Plums and Prunes

While plums and prunes offer numerous health benefits, it’s important to consume them in moderation due to their natural sugar content. Be mindful of portion sizes to reap the nutritional rewards without overloading on sugar.

For more information on the benefits of prunes and plums, you can read the original article by Dr. Mercola here.

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