The Super Powers of the Humble Prune

The Super Powers of the Humble Prune

To paraphrase the great Jane Austin, it is a truth universally acknowledged that prunes are incredibly good for us (at least we are certain that is what she meant to write!) but exactly how and why can seem like a mass of complicated scientific phrasing you need a PhD to decipher! So, to help us all out, we at California prunes have produced this handy bite size breakdown of all the goodness of prunes.

Prunes – Nutrition information and health benefits

Fat
Prunes are naturally fat and saturated fat free. Reducing consumption of saturated fat helps maintain normal blood cholesterol levels.

Sugar
Prunes taste sweet, yet are free from any added sugar; containing only naturally occurring sugars.

Salt/Sodium
Prunes are naturally salt/sodium-free. Reducing intake of sodium (salt) helps maintain normal blood pressure

Vitamin K
Prunes are a high source of vitamin K which:

  • supports the maintenance of normal bones
  • plays a role in normal blood clotting

Vitamin B6
Prunes are a source of vitamin B6, which:

  • supports a healthy nervous system
  • contributes to normal mental health
  • helps make healthy blood cells
  • supports a healthy immune system
  • helps you feel less tired
  • helps maintain normal hormone levels
  • supports the normal release of energy from foods

Potassium
Prunes are a high source of potassium which:

  • helps your muscle work normally
  • supports normal blood pressure
  • supports a healthy nervous system

Copper
Prunes are a source of copper which:

  • supports a healthy nervous system
  • helps maintain healthy looking hair
  • supports normal iron transport in the body
  • helps maintain healthy looking skin
  • supports a healthy immune system
  • is an antioxidant that plays a role in protecting cells within the body from oxidative damage
  • supports the normal release of energy from foods

Bowel function
Prunes contribute to normal bowel function. The beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 100g of prunes

Manganese
Prunes are a source of manganese, which:

  • supports the maintenance of normal bones
  • is an antioxidant that plays a role in protecting cells within the body from oxidative damage
  • supports the normal release of energy from foods

It’s true what they say; great things come in small packages. The health advantages of these small fruits are numerous, so let’s eat our way to a happier, healthier us!

California Prunes