When it comes to the amount of antioxidants, one plum is like one handful of blueberries. The “queen” of marmalade gives one another “royal sash”: it should be the first remedy for constipation.
The plum is every housewife’s choice in the preparation of the winter store foods, and besides being usually used for plum dumplings and marmalade, it is also very useful to eat this fruit fresh because it is so rich in vitamin C (5 to 8 mg per 100 g fruit), copper, vitamin B6, vitamin B3, vitamin B2, magnesium, vitamin K, iron, and potassium – 240 mg per 100 g. The plums are very rich in fiber – 2 g of fiber per 100 g of plums and it is a low calorie food.
Some previous researches showed that this fruit lowers the risk of colon cancer, strengthen the bones, and the consumption of 12 average size plums every day during 2 months lowers the level of LDL and “bad” cholesterol.
But there are also other benefits of this fruit. According to one study, if you consume about 12 dry plums every day, i.e. 100 g for 3 months will importantly increase the blood markers that show an increase in bone density.
Dihydroxyphenyl isatin, an ingredient found in the plums, is responsible for the laxative effects. Also, it is helped by phenols, sorbitol and vegetable fibers. 25 g of dry plums is an equivalent of 3 fruits, and it will ensure you the 5% of needed daily intake of fiber for women from 19 to 50 the needed intake is 7%, and for men of the same age group 25%.