Nutrition & Health

Superfood status

There are a number of very good reasons why prunes have earned the prestigious accolade of ‘superfood’ leading to them being regularly recommended by diet and nutrition experts.

Digestive Health

For starters, after six years of scientific study, independent experts at the European Commission have confirmed the wise words that have been handed down from generation to generation, that prunes which are high in fibre, are beneficial for digestive health. In fact, prunes are currently the only natural whole and dried fruit to achieve an authorised health claim in the whole of Europe asserting them as a pretty powerful player in the health and nutrition stakes. The European Commission health claim verifies that eating 100g California Prunes (roughly 8-12) daily contributes to normal bowel function as part of a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle.

Bone Health

There is also a mounting body of research conducted in post menopausal women to suggest that a simple daily helping of California Prunes may be useful for bone health by acting to slow down bone loss. More scientific research in this area is needed to confirm these exciting findings and California Prunes is working with researchers to specifically explore the mechanisms by which prunes may benefit bone health. We already know that prunes are high in vitamin K and provide a source of manganese, both of which are known to support the maintenance of normal bones.

Heart Health

Prunes are naturally fat-free (which includes saturated fat-free) and medical advice suggests that reducing the consumption of saturated fat contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels essential for heart health. They are also salt and sodium free and we know that reducing the consumption of sodium contributes to the maintenance of normal blood pressure.

As if the above isn’t reason enough to perk up your prune consumption, California Prunes contain a number of nutrients that have been authorised by the EU to carry specific health claims, see below:

PRUNES ARE A SOURCE OF COPPER
contributes to normal iron transport in the body

PRUNES ARE HIGH IN POTASSIUM
contributes to normal muscle function and helps maintain normal blood pressure

PRUNES ARE A SOURCE OF MANGANESE AND COPPER
contributes to normal connective tissue and the protection of cells from oxidative stress

PRUNES ARE HIGH IN VITAMIN K
contributes to normal blood clotting

PRUNES ARE A SOURCE OF VITAMIN B6
contributes to normal red blood cell formation

Prunes contain copper and vitamin B6 which contribute to the normal function of the body’s immune system. The copper, vitamin B6 and potassium contained in prunes also contribute to the normal functioning of our nervous system. Additionally, vitamin B6 can help reduce tiredness and fatigue while copper can contribute to normal skin and hair.

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