USA – New research underscores the health benefits of prunes, highlighting their potential in reducing belly fat, improving gut health, and bolstering cardiovascular health among postmenopausal women.

The findings from The Prune Study, a 12-month randomized controlled trial involving 183 postmenopausal women aged 55 to 75, reinforce the nutritional prowess of prunes.

Published in the Journal of Nutrition, one study showcased the potential of consuming 100 grams of prunes daily in preventing changes in fat distribution around the central region of the body, a common issue among postmenopausal women that can elevate the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Further investigation, detailed in Frontiers in Nutrition, revealed intriguing connections between prune consumption and gut microbiota diversity.

The study observed differences in the gut bacteria of women who experienced positive changes in bone density after incorporating 50 to 100 grams of prunes daily compared to those who did not.

Those who exhibited increased bone density also demonstrated a higher abundance of beneficial gut bacteria, which aids in the efficient breakdown of nutrients and bioactive components of prunes, leading to reduced inflammation throughout the body.

Principal investigator Dr. Mary Jane De Souza, professor at the Department of Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University, emphasized the significance of prunes’ nutrient profile, stating, “As a nutrient-rich fruit, prunes have a combination of minerals, vitamin K, phenolic compounds, and fiber that is unique among foods and is important for bone integrity.”

Dr. De Souza’s remarks underscore the evolving landscape of precision nutrition research. The findings highlight the potential for prunes to positively impact health outcomes through personalized dietary recommendations.

The ability to tailor dietary advice based on individual needs represents a promising avenue for optimizing health and well-being.

These recent findings build upon previous research from 2021, which demonstrated the cardiovascular benefits of prune consumption among postmenopausal women.

In a six-month study, participants who consumed 50 to 100 grams of prunes daily experienced reductions in total cholesterol, oxidative stress, and inflammatory markers compared to those who did not include prunes in their diet.

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