Plums are used all over the world. Plums are used for the preparation of various dishes, beauty masks, traditional medicines. But what is the use of plums?
- Chemical composition and useful components
- Use in traditional medicine
- Features of collection and preparation for use
Chemical composition and useful components
Plum has a unique composition. It is saturated with B vitamins, it contains vitamins A, E, C, P, organic acids, tannins, various micro and macro elements, as well as other components that a person needs.
If we compare the plum with other fruits, then it is worth noting that it contains the greatest amount of vitamin E. Even if the plum is processed, its beneficial properties will not disappear.
You can highlight a lot of useful properties of plums. Namely:
- If you regularly consume this berry, which contains dietary fiber, then cholesterol levels will decrease. In this way, a person will protect himself from diabetes, hypertension and other diseases.
- Plum contains phenolic substances that fight severe stages of breast cancer without affecting healthy cells.
- Plum contains a lot of carbohydrates and sugars. But, despite this, the berry is used for dietary nutrition. Various phenolic components and flavonoids protect a person from obesity.
This berry contains a lot of vitamin C as well as iron, which makes it an ideal helper in strengthening the immune system. It will protect the body from a variety of viruses and infections. Many people experience macular degeneration of the eyes as they age, which impairs vision. But if you regularly consume plums, you can protect yourself from such age-related changes.
This fruit, especially in dried form, is saturated with dietary fiber, so it is able to normalize the functioning of the stomach and intestines. It is especially useful to eat plums for those people who often experience constipation. The berry contains antioxidants that help eliminate toxins.
They also prevent the development of stomach cancer and various inflammatory processes.
Plum protects against cancer, stroke, and heart attack. Studies have been carried out, which have revealed that plum is very beneficial for the nervous system.
If you regularly eat this berry, you can improve memory, protect yourself from stress and depression, add energy, and normalize sleep. Plum juice is also useful. It is saturated with vitamins, microelements, soluble fibers, which are necessary for the expectant mother and her child. After all, with the help of vitamin A, bones develop normally. But you should not abuse plums during the period of gestation.
Use in traditional medicine
Plum is used in folk medicine for the preparation of various medicines. Means are prepared from it, which are intended for the treatment of kidney and liver diseases. The bark of this tree is considered very useful. It has a diaphoretic effect and can reduce fever.
If a person has intestinal lethargy, then it is recommended that he add plums to his diet. She will not allow putrefactive processes to appear. Berry seeds are also used. An infusion is prepared from them. To do this, you need to add the bones, which are pre-ground, into vodka or alcohol. This infusion will help with pain in the lumbar region. This remedy is rubbed into painful areas.
The foliage of the plant is saturated with coumarins, which are able to protect against the appearance of blood clots in the vessels. And a laxative is prepared from the flowers. Plum is used for prophylactic purposes against cancer, protection of the nervous system.
It should be understood that a plum can benefit one person, but it can also harm another. It is better not to use this berry in such cases:
- If there is an individual intolerance
- With gastritis, when acidity rises
- With diabetes or gout
- If a person has urolithiasis
Children under the age of 3 and women who are breastfeeding their baby should be careful when consuming plums.
Features of collection and preparation for use
Plum will be able to maximize its properties if it is fully ripe. This should be taken into account at the time of harvest. If you pluck it while still immature, then it will never ripen on its own. It is better to put plums in the refrigerator in a plastic bag, so they can lie for almost a month. This berry will be useful both fresh and after processing.
For example, to obtain prunes, they must be dried. Some people freeze plums. After such manipulation, they will not lose their beneficial properties. You can also prepare compotes, preserves, tinctures from berries. Regular consumption of plums will bring considerable benefits to the human body. After all, it has a number of useful properties.
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