HEALING HERBS: Prunes good for lowering cholestrol
AFTER MY FAMILY, one of my next loves is silent doctor prunes.
I cannot tell you why, but from a little girl I always felt that when I arrive in Heaven, that the Creator would have various varieties of prunes for my arrival ceremony. I often wondered why I was so fascinated by that thought and later discovered that “to be in love with prunes is one of the healthiest habits of any human”.
Prune juice, on the other hand, is a very captivating beverage. This week let us truly investigate why you should incorporate more prunes and prune juice into your diet.
Prunes contain potassium and on the website www.medindia.net, it states: “Potassium is an important mineral as it helps to ensure proper function of the heart and nerve response throughout the body. Daily intake of potassium helps lower blood pressure and reduces the risk of problems such as dizziness, heart disease, heart attack and stroke.”
It is best to drink at least two tablespoons of prune juice each day or incorporate two prunes daily into the diet. Diabetics are also encouraged to use prune juice. Research shows that the soluble fibre in prunes is good for them. Further research on www.chatelaine.com indicates that “prunes and plums are high in soluble fibre, which helps to keep blood sugar levels stable. Soluble fibre slows the rate that food leaves the stomach and, as a result, delays the absorption of sugar into the blood stream. Soluble fibre also increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin”.
Prunes are also rated as excellent for persons who suffer from high cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol along with changing your diet and exercising vigorously, you can add prunes to your daily intake and drink the juice the last thing at night.
Prunes are loaded with vitamin K, which can repair free radical damage and assist with ageing. If you want to remain looking young with good skin, do intensive research on how to incorporate more prunes and the juice into your diet. I must also add that prunes are excellent for those who are constipated.
It is healthy for me to have at least two or three bowel movements a day. However, if you want more, it would be good to try using some prunes mixed with tamarind pulp and later consume boiled cassava or a slice of breadfruit.
Prunes can also assist with circulation and proper digestion, reduce bone loss, assist with weight loss and with healing other health challenges.
Go out there and get some prunes for good health and growing wealth.
• Annette Maynard-Watson, a teacher and herbal educator, may be contacted via [email protected] or by telephone 250-6450.
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