Plums are the inevitable choice of every houswife preparing food for the winter, but it is beneficial to eat them fresh as well.

One plum is equivalent to a handful of blueberies… At least when it comes to the amount of antioxidants it contains.

This indespensible queen of jams and marmelades holds another “royal title” – it is the first choice for dealing with constipation. It is the inevitable choice of every housewife preparing food for the winter and, besides being most commonly used for producing jams and dumplings, it is also recommended to eat it fresh because it contains vitamin C (5 to 8 mg per 100 g, depending on the type of plum), vitamin B6, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin K, magnesium, iron, calcium, and even 240 mg of potassium per 100 g. Plum also abounds in fiber, 2 g per 100 g, and on top of it all, it is a low-calorie fruit.

A previous research has shown that plum strengthens bone structure and reduces the risk of suffering colon cancer; in addition, it has shown that eating 12 average-sized plums a day for two months reduces the level of the so called “bad cholesterol”, the LDL.

And this is not where the benefits of this “queen” come to an end. One of the studies has shown that by eating about 12 prunes per day, i.e. 100 grams, you will significantly increase the blood markers that show an increase in bone density, in three months time.

Dihydroxyphenyl isatin is one of the components of plum that is, among others, responsible for this fruit’s laxative effect. It is helped by sorbitol and phenols, as well as vegetable fibers. 25 grams of prunes, which is equivalent to an average of three fruits, provide us with 5 percent of the required daily intake of fiber.