Prune Juice Benefits

Prune Juice Benefits

by: William B., staff writer

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Rich in both vitamin K and fiber, prune juice benefits extend far beyond its well-known laxative reputation. Although prune juice laxative effects may be the most important health benefit for many people, there is so much more to this amazing juice. The naturally occurring phenols in prune juice, a rich form of antioxidants, can prevent oxygen damage to cell membranes, brain cells, and other areas of the body that contain a large quantity of natural (healthy) fat.

When it comes to weight loss, prune juice is considered essential by many dieticians and nutritionists. The type of fiber that naturally occurs in prunes helps to slow down how quickly food is emptied from your stomach, helping you to feel fuller for longer on less food. This fiber can also slow down how quickly your body uses up the natural sugars in the foods you eat, helping you to maintain your energy levels as well as increase insulin sensitivity, which can be beneficial to those suffering from or at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

As with many fruits and vegetables, the benefits of prune juice extend far beyond aiding in weight loss. The effects that prune juice has on the digestive tract (helping to clear out food and toxins) are relatively well-known among the general public. However, in addition to this, when prunes are introduced to the digestive tract, the prunes themselves help to prompt the body to create beneficial bacteria that are responsible for keeping the digestive tract healthy. These two prune juice benefits can, together, potentially reduce a person’s risk of colon cancer rather significantly.

The combination of vitamins and fiber found in this dry fruit may also potentially aid in lowering cholesterol, reducing one’s risk of heart-related health issues. From digestive issues to anti-aging, prune juice benefits are varied and extensive.

Because of the many benefits of prunes in both the dried, ready to eat versions, as well as with prune juice you may want to try various ways of consuming this super food.  If you are of the mind to make fresh prune juice from home, they are more suited to your blender or food process than to your juicer.  You need to re-hydrate the prunes then blend them to create a puree of sorts. You can pour this puree through a sieve to create a more juice type liquid which you can water down  further to the consistency you want.  This is why prune juice is so high in fiber as you are consuming a higher percentage of the fiber than with other fruits.

 

Sources:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/407659-what-are-the-benefits-of-drinking-prune-juice/
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=103





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