Plum can assist in a holistic cancer treatment. Plum will not cure cancer alone but in combination with other herbs, juices and therapies, plum will boost cancer treatment effectiveness. The sweet and juicy taste of the plums belong to the Prunus genus of the plants where the peaches and apricot belongs. Plums are a good source of nutrients and has an antioxidant that can cure cancer.
Plum Historical Medicinal Uses
Plums belong to the Prunus genus of plants and are relatives of the peach, nectarine and almond. They are all considered “drupes,” fruits that have a hard stone pit surrounding their seeds. When plums are dried, they are known as prunes. The vitamin C in plums is good for the body tissue and for the immune system. Plums can prevent flu and colds and can even prevent the cholesterol from getting oxidized. Plums were used as a laxative and a remedy for cramps, bloating, indigestion, and diarrhea.
Plum Health Benefits
The ability of plum and prune (dried plum) to increase absorption of iron into the body has also been documented in published research. This ability of plum and prune to make iron more available may be related to the vitamin C content of this fruit. Plums stimulate the bowel movement. Their function is that of an antioxidant and is of much benefit to the body. Since plums are rich in antioxidants, they provide protection from superoxide anion radical and also prevent damage to our neurons and fats that form a part of our cell membranes. Consumption of plums helps in the production and absorption of iron in the body, thus leading to better blood circulation, which further leads to the growth of healthy tissues. Regular consumption of plums can prevent macular degeneration and any other infection of the eye, in the long run. Your eyes will be healthy and strong for long time and you can also retain a sharp eye-sight.
Plums Anti-Cancer Agents
Plums, even their dried form known as ‘prunes’ are high in unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid. These phenolic compounds are the ones that caught the attention of scientists at Texas AgriLife Research. In their lab studies, when the phenols from plums got together with breast cancer cells, the malignant cells were killed. Researchers were happy with those results, but even more pleased about the response from healthy cells. “These extracts killed the cancer cells but not the normal cells,” said Dr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, who worked on the study. Plums’ extract are chosen because of their particularly high phenolic content. Chlorogenic and neochlorogenic phenols from these peaches and plums were found to kill breast cancer cells, without harming healthy cells nearby.
Even when scientists tested these fruit phenols on the most aggressive types of breast cancer cells, the cancer died and the healthy cells were unaffected. That’s a dream come true for breast cancer patients that may require chemotherapy – a systemic treatment that affects every cell in the body.
Preparation and Uses of Plums
Plums and prunes are often washed and eaten as a snack. Use baby food jars of prunes. They can be sliced and used in salads, ice cream or slaws. Plums can be sliced and frozen or sliced and frozen in syrup. Plums can be juiced and made as wine.
Plum juice can be bought online. Search plum products in Google.
Plum Research Links
Several studies show that prunes are for osteoporosis prevention.
Effect of dried plums on colon cancer risk factors in rats.