Canceris still one of the deadliest diseases for which there isn’t a cure. Colon cancer is as well as widely spread, for instance in USA alone is expected to cause 50,000 deaths this year. However, there is a recent study showing thatthe risk of colon cancer can be lowered simply by consuming dried plums.
More info regarding this study
This study was displayed at the Biology Conference in Massachusetts headed by Nancy Turner, a professor at the Texas A&M University. According to Turner and her colleagues,”dried plums have the ability to maintain the colon microbiota or the gut bacteria” which means that colon cancer risk is minimized.
Prior to this study other researches have already existed which claimed that there is a direct relationship between diet, composition and metabolism of the microbiota in the colon. Nancy Turner, in a conference in Boston, claimed that “there are trillions of bacteria found in the intestinal tract and 400 of the species have been identified”. When the bacteria were identified a test was performed on them to show the effect of dried plum on the colon and its microbiota.
The reason why colon cancer appears is because of recurrent inflammation in the intestines which is provoked by the disruptions that occur in the microbiota. The DNA is damaged thus leading to cancer. But, if you eat dried plums which contain phenolic compounds, the body will receive the necessary antioxidants for the fight against free radicals. Namely, antioxidants have the ability to reverse the negative effects of oxidative stress caused by free radicals that damage your DNA.
According to numerous scientists consuming dried plums can provide the colon with the following benefits:
- Preservation of microbial metabolism patterns in the colon.
- Decreased aberrant crypt foci numbers, common symptom for cancer development.
- Retention of microbiota in the gut.
Researchers have proven that dried plums can promote retention of metabolism and microbiota in the colon, by which cancer risk is significantly reduced and as well as prevented.
What should we eat plums or prunes?
You read everything about dried plums and their benefits, but the question pops up, should we eat only dried plums or we can as well as eat prunes? We asked the experts which claim“all prunes can be considered plums, but not all plums can be considered prunes”. Nonetheless, some countries outside of USA use both names as a substitute to each other.
However, be aware of the fact that fresh plums do not have the same effect as dried ones. The reason for this is in soluble and insoluble fiber contained in dried plums, and sorbitol, which is not found in the fresh version. Sorbitol is sugar that cannot be fermented, thus increasing beneficial microorganisms’ levels in the gut, including the crucial phenolic compounds.