Plums and Prunes May Benefit Heart Health

Plums and Prunes May Benefit Heart Health

Consuming plums and prunes on a regular basis may have a protective effect on heart health.

They have been studied for their potential to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which are major risk factors for heart disease.

In one study, subjects who drank prune juice and ate three or six prunes each morning for eight weeks were compared to a group that drank only a glass of water on an empty stomach (30Trusted Source).

Those who consumed the prunes and prune juice had significantly lower blood pressure levels, total cholesterol and “bad” LDL cholesterol than the group that drank water (30Trusted Source).

Another study found that men who had been diagnosed with high cholesterol had lower LDL cholesterol levels after consuming 12 prunes daily for eight weeks (31Trusted Source).

Several animal studies have produced similar results.

Generally, mice fed dried plum powder and plum juice appear to have lower cholesterol levels and increased “good” HDL cholesterol. However, these results cannot be generalized to humans (32Trusted Source, 33Trusted Source).

The positive effects plums and prunes appear to have on heart disease risk factors are likely due to their high content of fiber, potassium and antioxidants (34Trusted Source, 35Trusted Source).

While the results of these studies are promising, keep in mind that more human research is needed to support the heart-protective effects of plums and prunes.

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