May 10, 2017
A comprehensive review was conducted to summarize the potential mechanisms and effects of dried plums on bone health. The review was published on April in the journal Nutrients. PubMed database was used to search all cell, animal and clinical studies that examined the effects of dried plums and/or extracts of the former on markers of bone health. A total of 24 studies were included in the review.
Animal and cell studies suggested that dried plums and/or their extracts enhance bone formation and inhibit bone resorption, and clinical studies showed that dried plums may exert beneficial effects on bone mineral density (BMD).
The study concluded that postmenopausal women who consume dried plums as part of their fruit intake recommendations may have protective effects on bone loss.