Indian plum, it’s no second guessing where it’s from, as the name suggests it is native to India. There are thousands of varieties of plums that are available throughout the world, ranging in colours like red, blue-black, purple, yellow, green or amber. The fruit is a drupe belonging to the genus: Prunus, plums are enriched with numerous health benefits and plentiful in minerals like potassium, fluoride and iron. Iron is required for red blood cell formation. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. When underripe, the taste of an Indian plum is sour and astringent, a bit like a wild apple.
The fruit has been used to treat haemoptysis, vaginal and menstrual problems, rheumatoid problems, and has been issued as a purgative and demulcent. Green fruits have been used as a diuretic, laxative, and stomachic. Plums are an excellent source of vitamin C, a natural antioxidant, which not only improves immunity of the body against diseases but also counters inflammation and prevents cholesterol from getting oxidized by the free radicals.
Besides, plums are also known to be beneficial for people suffering from atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease. Ingredients such as dietary fiber, sorbitol and isatin in plums regulate a proper functioning of the digestive system and are considered remedial when used by people who suffer from constipation.
Consumption of plums helps in the production and absorption of iron in the body, thus leading to better blood circulation, which further leads to the growth of healthy tissues. Regular consumption of plums also prevents macular degeneration and any other infection of the eye. Your eyes will be healthy and strong for long time and you can also retain a sharp eye-sight. Conventional anti-oxidant compounds and some anti-oxidant phytonutrients are responsible for making Indian plum a great fruit for preventing oxidative stress of cells. Therefore, it’s a good natural medicine to prevent cancer.