Plum is a popular fruit plant with a large number of cultivated varieties. It is grown almost everywhere and is valued not only for the taste of the fruit, but also for its useful properties, which will be discussed in the article.
What is the use of plums
Fruits, tree bark, leaves and flowers are used as medicinal raw materials. Decoctions of leaves and bark are used by folk medicine as an external remedy for skin diseases (lotions, rinsing), oral cavity and throat (rinsing). Decoction of flowers is used for digestive disorders, accompanied by flatulence, nausea, constipation, intestinal spasms. But still, fruits are used more often for medicinal and dietary purposes — fresh or dried — as well as juice from them.
Fresh plums are characterized by a high content of sugars, pectins and organic acids. In addition, they contain a lot of vitamins (C, E, B vitamins), carotene, compounds of iron, potassium, copper, and other macro- and microelements.
The mild laxative effect of fruits is widely known and allows you to include plum in dietary nutrition for intestinal atony, constipation (including in children and the elderly). Also, fresh fruits contribute to the elimination of toxic substances from the body and help normalize metabolic processes, so that they are actively used in nutrition by those who want to lose weight or cleanse the body of toxins. Plum juice has similar properties.
Plums and plum juice are useful for hypertension and atherosclerosis (as well as for the prevention of the disease); the high content of potassium salts in fruits strengthens heart health, and iron helps maintain the necessary level of hemoglobin and helps prevent anemia.
In home cosmetics, plums are an ingredient in whitening and rejuvenating face masks. The vitamins, antioxidants and organic acids contained in the pulp help to cleanse and tone the skin, reduce its pigmentation. Lotions and lotions based on decoction of plum leaves are also useful for problem skin.
Contraindications to the use of plums
The laxative effect of fruits can aggravate the patient’s condition with diarrhea, and excessive consumption of plums can provoke flatulence, bloating, even in a healthy person. Nursing women should include these fruits in the diet carefully and in moderation, since their excess can lead to digestive disorders in the baby.
In general, moderate consumption of plum fruits in food will only benefit you. Use the gifts of your garden and be healthy!