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They discover a new benefit of prunes as a superfood

 

Prunes are a type of dried fruit that has a specific nutritional value and is highly relevant at a healthy level. It is for this reason and for all the benefits that its regular consumption provides, that it is considered a superfood.

Thus, a new research work has found a new benefit for the health of the habitual consumption of this superfood. This study has been presented at the annual meeting of the American Physiological Society (APS) in the framework of Experimental Biology 2022.

Specifically, this study in postmenopausal women suggests that eating nutrient-rich prunes every day may be beneficial for bone health; helping to reduce the inflammatory factors that lead to osteoporosis.

New benefit of prunes as a superfood

Osteoporosis is a bone disease that is characterized by causing fragility and weakness in the bones, especially in older people. Although, the vitamin D deficiency is a key risk factor for the development of this pathology.

Prunes, superfood
Prunes, superfood

In the case of people who have menopause, they have lower levels of estrogen, causing an increase in the body that can lead to bone loss and development of osteoporosis. Thus, a superfood such as prunes could play a key role in this regard.

Previous studies have shown that the polyphenol extracts present in prunes help reduce the level of oxidative stress and inflammation in a type of bone cell called osteoclasts. Polyphenols are plant compounds that have action antioxidant and help reduce inflammation.

Results of the investigation

For its part, the new study has been led by researchers from the Comprehensive and Biomedical Physiology Program and the Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Kinesiology at Pennsylvania State University (United States).

The objective of this group of experts was based on exploring the effects of a superfood such as prunes on bone health after menopause.

In this sense, women postmenopausal with a bone mineral density defined as low were divided into three groups. Thus, in one of the groups they consumed 50 grams of prunes a day (about six plums) for 12 months.

A second group ate 100 grams (12 plums) a day for 12 months, and a third control group ate no prunes for the same period of time.

To analyze the effects of this superfood, the researchers analyzed the blood samples taken from all the participants before and after the trial. In this way, they observed considerable differences in inflammatory markers in both groups that ate prunes compared to the control group.

In conclusion, the lead author of the study, Janhavi Damani, notes that “our results suggest that consumption of six to twelve prunes per day may reduce pro-inflammatory mediators that may contribute to bone loss in postmenopausal women. Therefore, prunes could be a promising nutritional intervention to prevent the increase in inflammatory mediators that is often seen as part of the aging process.”

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