Cancer is the cause of most deaths every year all around the world, and one of the worst types of cancer is colon cancer. However, a recent study has discovered that you can significantly reduce your risk of developing colon cancer if you eat dry plums.
A study conducted by prof. Nancy Turner at the Texas A&M University proved that dry plums reduce the risk of colon cancer by keeping the microflora and gut bacteria healthy.
There has been a study already that proved a direct link between diet and the content/metabolism of microflora in the gut and colon. Turner also added on a Boston conference that trillions bacteria are in the intestinal tract and 400 species of this kind have been named. This identification allowed the test to take effect of the dry plum toward the microflora of the colon.
How do plums affect the risk of colon cancer?
Colon cancer develops and spreads due to inflammation in the intestines. The inflammation can be caused by disruptions in the microbiota which can be prevented by eating plums. Plums have strong antioxidant properties that prevent oxidative stress and free radicals from damaging the DNA. Damaged DNA can cause recurrent inflammation which can turn into cancer.
According to experts, eating dry plums provides the following health benefits:
- Microbiota retention inside the gut
- Good maintenance of microbial metabolism in the colon
- Reduced aberrant crypt foci numbers and this is a big sign for cancer growth
Because dry plums are able to maintain the proper function of the metabolism, they can reduce the risk of colon cancer.
PRUNES OR PLUMS?
The question here is do we need dry plums or prunes? Experts say that prunes are also plums but not every plum is a prune. Dry plums are good for lowering the cancer risks, but this does not imply that fresh plums are just as healthy. Dry plums have both insoluble and soluble fibers and sorbitol too, lacking in the fresh plums. Sorbitol is the natural sugar that is not fermented and this raises the good microorganisms of the gut like phenolic items.