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Prunes

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General information

The plum tree (Rosaceae family, Prunoideae species, genus Prunus), currently represented by numerous botanic species, some from Europe and others from the Americas, actually originated in Asia from just one species. Nowadays the plum is cultivated worldwide, but the only variety grown specifically for drying originates from France and is now also grown for this purpose in California, Chile and the Balkans. With fruit designated for drying, it is harvested late and all collected at the same time.

Health Benefits

Today the inclusion of dried prunes in the daily diet is recommended to prevent osteoporosis; this is based on the result of a recent study conducted at the Oklahoma State University in the USA. Including dried prunes in the diet leads to a statistically significant increase in incidences of bone formation (in particular, IGF-I, alkaline bone phosphates), while the indicators of bone loss were unchanged. The reason for this exceptional effect of prunes has a name: isoflavonoids, a group of non steroidal vegetable hormones in which prunes are particularly rich. According to these studies it is the isoflavonoids that protect bones from free radicals and oxidation. In addition, dried prunes contain minerals essential to bone health such as calcium and selenium.

Varieties

  • Agen (France)
  • Santa Clara (USA)

Available:

PITTED, UNPITTED, CUBES, CHOCOLATE COATED OR DIPPED.

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