Prunes are a variety of plums grown using selective breeding. Eating them whole or simply taking a glass of prune juice will ensure you get all the nutritional benefits attributed to them.
Prunes are well known for aiding digestion. It is actually believed to be safe for infants and babies. The juice is high in fiber that helps in relieving constipation and preventing hemorrhoids. Insoluble fiber present in the juice triggers the production of “good” bacteria in the intestines. The presence of potassium in prunes regulates blood pressure and eliminates hypertension risk. Iron in prunes is responsible for preventing anemia. Prunes contain boron, which contributes greatly to strengthen bones and teeth. Sorbitol, a type of sugar alcohol that is present in prunes enables the passing of softer stool. People with oily skins can use a prune facemask.
Phenolic compounds are chemicals found in very high quantity in prunes that prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol that causes heart problems. There are vitamins like vitamin B, C and K in prunes. Vitamin C acts as an anti-oxidant that enables the formation of a strong network of connective tissue, and even boosts immunity. The presence of Manganese in prunes also greatly aids metabolism and the formation of bones. The ability of prunes to satiate is a great advantage for people with overeating problems.
The juice can be purchased from local stores, but due to the presence of additives in store-bought juice, you are advised to make your own natural juice in order to obtain the full health benefits. You can make prune juice from both dried and fresh prunes. For juicing a cup of dried prunes, you need at least four cups of water, a saucepan and a blender. Heat the water in the pan, then in a separate container, put your prunes and cover with the hot water. Leave it to soak for 24 hours. Put the soaked prunes and fluid into a blender and blend it into a puree. Pass the puree through a strainer and serve.