Wednesday, September 24, 2008
This came from the Sept. 2008 issue of First.
Just one cup of plums contains 248 grams of vitamin K---more than any other fruit. This nutrient reduces the appearance of spider and varicose veins by stimulation the body's production of thrombin. In a recent study, this clotting protein was shown to obstruct blood circulation to damaged veins, causing them to shrink and fade in as little as six weeks.
Eating plums prevents fat accumulation in the belly, hips and thighs. The reason: Plums are acidic and high in vitamin C, two factors that trigger bile production. This digestive fluid traps dietary fat molecules before they can be absorbed, speeding their elimination from the body. And acidic, C-rich fruit helps flush fat-packing toxins fro the lymphatic system.
Juicy plums are rich in chlorogenic acid and neochlorogenic acid. These antioxidants fight off superoxide anion radical (a toxic by-product of a normal immune response). Shutting down this free radical halts brain-cell damage, thus safeguarding memory, enhancing reasoning skills and supporting new neuronal growth.
Plums are a top source of the natural sugar alcohol sorbitol and are packed with the insoluble fiber hemicellulose. Research shows that this healthy duo improves the digestive tract's food shuttling efficiency, slashing heartburn and constipation risk by 36 percent. Bonus: Once consumed, gel-like hemicellulose fuels bloat-fighting probiotic bacteria in the large intestine, rapidly flattening the belly.
I thought this was a great article. I didn't know a lot of this. So I thought others would be interested in it too. So go out and eat a plum.