Cherry plums are fruits with extraordinary qualities. They are extremely rich in dietary fibers and they also have plenty of vitamin C and potassium, while being a very poor source of calories. All these properties make cherry plums an excellent choice for those who want to lose some weight, and also for persons with diabetes and high blood pressure. They are very good at restoring one’s vitality and enthusiasm, but they can also enhance the function of the immune system, fight infections and prevent lots of diseases.
Nutritional value of cherry plums
Cherry plums are very good for losing weight. If you want to get rid of those extra pounds, you can drink one glass of cherry plum juice, 3 times a day, before a meal, for 2 weeks. Cherry plums have a very high content of water and very few calories (only 40 calories / 100 g); moreover, they have almost no sodium, but quite a lot of potassium (200 mg / 100 g – 6%DV), which makes them a very efficient diuretic and thus a cure for water retention, which is responsible for a considerable part of that extra weight. They also have a high content of dietary fiber (5 mg / 100 g – 20%DV), which has the ability to increase bulk, soften stool, and shorten transit time through the intestinal tract, thus lowering the absorption of sugars through the intestinal mucosa and making cherry plums a good choice not only for overweight persons, but also for people with diabetes (which will also benefit from the low content of sugars). The high content of potassium is also beneficial for those who suffer from high blood pressure and heart arrhythmias, as a potassium deficiency is known to be one of the major causes of these health disorders.
Cherry plums are also a good source of vitamin A (5%DV in 100 g), vitamin C (13%DV in 100 g), calcium (5%DV in 100 g) and iron (5%DV in 100 g), all these nutrients having a major role in the maintaining of an overall physical and mental equilibrium and vitality, which will make it easier to sustain the low calorie diet and the high exercise lifestyle required in cases of overweight and obesity.
Cherry plums are best consumed raw or as a fresh juice, but if you dislike their sometimes too sour taste you can make them into a sauce or jam.
The health benefits of cherry plums
- Chronic fatigue and stress, anxiety, nervousness
- Oxidative stress
- Weak immune system
- Respiratory disorders
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Weak bones
- Water retention
- Inappetence, slow digestion, constipation