California Prunes can help women maintain critical aspects of their physical health as they gracefully age. Eating 50 to 100 grams of prunes every day has been shown to have positive effects on both bone health and heart health in postmenopausal women. For perspective, these amounts equate to about six to twelve prunes.
As women age, changes in their hormones lead to decreases in bone density, resulting in weakened, more fragile bones. However, research has shown that eating prunes can mitigate the impact that menopause and aging have on bone health. To date, existing studies have suggested that eating 50 to 100 grams of prunes every day could lead to increased bone mass and decreased bone breakdown (Arimandi et al., 2002; Hooshmand et al., 2011, 2014, 2016; Strock et al., 2021). In other words, California Prunes can help aging women maintain their bone mass and bone strength.
Additionally, California Prunes are beneficial in combating the increased risk of heart disease that develops with hormonal changes in menopause. Researchers recently conducted a six-month clinical study with postmenopausal women and found that women who ate 50 to 100 grams of prunes daily for six months saw improvements in cholesterol levels, decreases in inflammation, and increases in antioxidant capacity (Hong et al., 2021). With this, prunes can play a role in supporting and maintaining overall heart health in women over the age of 50.
Researchers continue to investigate the health benefits of California Prunes, but so far, current research makes clear an important point: A handful or two of California Prunes every day can help women live healthily as they age.
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