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Lesser known health benefits of plum

Zee Media Bureau/Irengbam Jenny

New Delhi: Juicy and delicious fruit, plum belongs to the family of peaches, apricots and nectarines. The fruit comes in diverse colours and shapes with over 2000 different varieties. It's juicy pulp varies from creamy yellow to crimson red. Even the colour of the outer skin may vary considerably from yellow or dark red to purple or black.

Here are some of the health benefits of this juicy fruit:

Obesity: Plum extracts are good for health and especially valuable for treating obesity and related diseases. The flavonoids and phenolic components present in the fruit exert anti-obesity effects on the body fat cells which help in preventing obesity-related problems such as cholesterol disorders, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Diabetes: The extract of Plums are good for health and combating diabetes. Consumption of plum extracts helps in the reduction of blood glucose and levels of triglyceride in the body. The flavonoids present in the fruit helps to enhance insulin sensitivity in the body.

Digestion: Plums are a good source of dietary fiber which helps in regulating the digestive system. Dried plums or prunes are more effective in treating digestive disorders such as constipation.

Immune System: The presence of high vitamin C content in Plums helps in strengthening the immune defense of the body. The fruit promotes the body’s resistance against various infections and inflammations.

Anxiety: Eating of Plum regularly helps in reducing anxiety. It has been proved by studies that the anxiolytic effects and antioxidant properties of chlorogenic acids present in the fruit will help in curing anxiety-related behaviors and damage caused by oxidative stress.