The secret ingredient in prunes is…Prunes! Amazing but true, research has shown that prunes can improve heart health, bone health, and digestive health. Learn more about amazing prune nutrition benefits.

1. Digestive Health

Given their palatability, tolerability and availability, dried plums should be considered the initial approach to the management of mild to moderate constipation in the general population, according to results of a randomized clinical trial recently published in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

2. Bone Health

A 12-month study with postmenopausal women assessed both bone biomarkers and bone mineral density. Compared to the control food/fruit, 10-12 dried plums significantly increased bone mineral density in the spine and forearm. In addition, research has also discovered that dried plums prevent age-related bone loss in a mouse model. (Dr. Bahram Arjmandi, PhD, RD)

3. Heart Health

Research at the University of California, Davis, demonstrated that men with moderately elevated cholesterol levels experienced a reduction in both total and LDL cholesterol after eating 100 grams (10–12) dried plums daily (about 6-7 grams of dietary fiber). An animal study subsequently showed that isolated dried plum fiber significantly lowered cholesterol and helped establish dried plums’ potential to lower serum cholesterol and the risk for heart disease.