Plums, apricots, nectarines and peaches all belong to the same family (prunos rosaceae). You can tell that they are related by the stone inside the fruit with a characteristic crease along one side. America is the number two world producer of plums, with the largest number being grown and harvested in the state of California. They come in a variety of colors ranging from yellow to dark purple.
The plum is a tasty way to get many of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to function well. Plums contain vitamins A, B, C and E. They also contain important minerals such as calcium, fluoride, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc. Even in small amounts, these key nutrients support wellness in large ways.
The plum is a natural remedy for indigestion. Plums contain fiber along with trace ingredients that support healthy digestive function. Many people are already aware of how dried plums (prunes) are effective in dealing with constipation issues.
The B6 vitamins found in plums help support your nervous system as well as the production of mood-affecting hormones. Some research even suggests that plums could help reduce stress and the after effects of anxiety. What a tasty way to feel brighter!
But did you know that stone fruits, like the plum, are medically recommended in the treatment of obesity and obesity-connected health problems such as cholesterol, diabetes and cardiovascular disease? It’s true. They are a sweet and juicy way to maintain a healthy metabolism.
Plums are so vitamin-rich they are superb dietary additions during pregnancy! So whether young or old, wanting to promote wellness or address certain health concerns, consider adding a few of our Fruit Friday plums to your next shopping basket. For great ideas on how to incorporate healthy foods in your diet, make an appointment with our Integrative and Functional Nutritionist at Mosaic Life Care Journey’s Healthy Living Clinic today.