1. Rich in antioxidants
Plums are packed with plant compounds which have antioxidant properties, this means they help prevent oxygen from reacting with other chemicals and causing damage to cells and tissues. They are especially rich in anthocyanins, the compounds also responsible for the plum’s dark coloured skin. In fact, studies suggest plums are richer in these protective compounds than other fruits including peaches and nectarines.
2. May have anti-inflammatory properties
The protective plant compounds in plums appear to have anti-inflammatory properties and may help prevent disease including cancer, diabetes and obesity.
3. May help manage blood sugar levels
Plums are especially rich in a polyphenol called chlorogenic acid, a compound also found in coffee, this appears to help balance blood sugar and regulate appetite. Consuming the whole fruit ensures you benefit from its rich fibre content, which helps slow the release of its natural sugars.
4. May support heart health
Plums are rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, including calcium, which ensures blood clots normally. They also supply potassium and vitamin C as well as being rich in protective polyphenols all of which are associated with reduced cardiovascular risk factors.
5. May enhance cognitive function
Animal studies suggest that the rich polyphenol content of plums may help mitigate age-related cognitive decline.