Dried plums are used for constipation, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Fresh and dried plums are eaten as fruit or made into juice. Dried plums are also made into jam or puree.
Uses & Effectiveness ?
Possibly Effective for
- Constipation. Some research shows that eating dried plums or taking a plum fiber supplement (SupraFiber, Sunsweet Growers Inc.) increases the number of bowel movements in adults with constipation. Early research also shows that drinking dried plum puree and plum juice improves constipation. Dried plum and plum juice seem to be as effective as psyllium (Metamucil).
Insufficient Evidence for
- High cholesterol. Early research suggests that drinking a dried plum product or eating dried plum might reduce cholesterol levels by a very small amount. But not all research agrees.
- Weak and brittle bones (osteoporosis). Early research shows that eating dried plum might help to prevent and treat bone loss in women who are also taking calcium and vitamin D. Eating 5-6 dried plums each day might be enough to see benefit. But not all research agrees.
- Liver health.
- Appetite control.
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
Allergy to plants in the Rosaceae family: People who are allergic to other plants in the Rosaceae family, including apricots, peaches, and cherries, might also be allergic to plum.
We currently have no information for PLUM overview.
- For constipation: 100 grams of dried plums daily for 3 weeks has been used. Drinks containing plum puree and plum juice, about one cup daily, for 2 weeks have been used. A fiber product (SupraFiber, Sunsweet Growers Inc.) made from plum 10 grams daily for 4 weeks has been used.
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