Prunes provide a valuable nutritional benefit for individuals of all ages but especially for aging adults suffering from diagnosis of osteoporosis. Considered a “functional food”, prunes, a specific form of dried plum, not only provide valuable nutrition but also work to improve bone diseases such as bone density loss, known as osteoporosis. For aging men and women, understanding the impact prunes may play in improving bone density and reversing the signs of aging, especially for women after menopause, may work to improve the risk of fractures associated with osteoporosis.
Prunes, specialized plums which are grown and harvested to contain an easy to remove inner stone, provide a significant nutritional benefit to individuals of all ages, especially for those seeking additional nutritional value through food intake. Prunes are believed to contain antioxidants important to reverse the signs of aging, including improving bone density for osteoporosis patients.
In addition to antioxidant nutritional benefits, prunes also contain potassium and iron, crucial to bone health after menopause and also contain magnesium which will improve mental health through scientific evidence which supports individuals suffering from depression may be suffering from a deficiency in magnesium levels. With an intake of prunes, aging adults, especially women post-menopausal will experience significant improvement in aging and deteriorated related conditions. So, how many prunes should be consumed daily?
Through medical research, it is believed that 100 milligrams of prunes, approximately nine to 10 prunes per day, is sufficient to reverse the aging process of osteoporosis. While prunes have long been shunned for the laxative affects, healthcare professionals and nutritionists commonly suggest prunes for the overwhelming age defying health benefits which far outweigh the gastrointestinal side effects.
Of important note is the use of prunes, in the improvement of bone density and osteoporosis, over the use of plums. Because prunes contain more water, the nutritional benefits are not as condensed and readily digested as the health benefits found in prunes. Additionally, prunes are harvested from a specific type of plum which is designed to be dried into the final prune product. As a result, plums found in the local grocery will not provide the same level of nutritional value, although valuable none the less.
When diagnosed with osteoporosis, and in an effort to improve bone density, consult a healthcare professional regarding the various nutritional benefit of produce consumption especially take consideration in the use of prunes to reverse the signs of aging.