Dried prunes are rich in fiber, vitamin A, K, C, and Potassium, and are even more packed with antioxidants than their alter ego, fresh plums.
The fiber in dried prunes helps reduce bad cholesterol in the blood and reduces the absorption of sugars. It can add bulk without calories to a diet, increasing a sense of fullness. As fiber rich foods require more chewing time, they can allow you to register when you're no longer hungry, so you're less likely to overeat.
Vitamin A contains Beta Carotene, essential for healthy sight. But it's also important for a healthy immune system, as it keeps skin and mucous membrane cells healthy. Vit A fights cancer by inhibiting the production of DNA in cancerous cells.
Dried prunes contain Vitamin K, which protects cells from oxidative stress, therefore helping keep the mind and body young. It's also known to be essential for the synthesis of sphingolipids, and therefore proper brain and nervous function. It's an anti-inflammatory that helps prevent cardiovascular disease.
Vitamin C, another powerful antioxidant found in dried prunes, has been shown to help lower blood pressure and combat cardiovascular disease. It protects the body from infection, and helps the detoxification process.
Potassium, considered an essential health nutrient, plays a key role in maintaining the electrical conductivity of brain and affect the brain function. It is also involved in higher brain function like memory and learning.
This "magical" nutrient helps regulate blood sugar, water levels in the body, and lower blood pressure. It assists in the metabolic process of various nutrients like fats, proteins and carbohydrates, and it helps the kidneys with waster removal.
Dried prunes help reduce the level of glucose absorption from the body, contributing to the normalization of blood sugar levels and therefore helping you lose weight.
Just 1 a day will keep your body and brain happy, just make sure it's organic!
Anna Aparicio is a Mind Coach and Weight Loss Expert at http://www.annaaparicio.com