Nature is all encompassing—it embraces all its creatures and provides all that we could ever need. There is a good reason why we all address nature as ‘mother nature’! There are numerous natural ingredients that can help us lead healthier lives. One of these ingredients is Victoria plum.
The Victoria plum is one of the rarest varieties of English plum that belongs to the egg plum group called ‘Prunus Domestica’. It is an oval-shaped fruit with a red blotchy skin and a rough light yellow flesh. The hard stone-like seed present inside the fruit cannot be separated from the flesh easily. However, you can pull the skin off without any trouble and enjoy the rich sweet taste as well as flavor of the ripe, mature fruit.
Named after the famous Queen Victoria (UK), Victoria plum was first found in a garden located in Alderton, Sussex. First launched in1844 in the commercial market of Sweden, it became extremely popular gradually.
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Top 10 Health Benefits Of Victoria Plum:
However, the best thing about Victoria plum fruit is its amazing health benefits. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is also significantly low in calories and has no saturated fat. All these make it a good choice for promoting health. Let us explore the top 10 health benefits of Victoria plum:
1. Speeds Up Metabolism:
Victoria plum holds a wide variety of Vitamin B complex including Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B6 and certain phenolic acid compounds. They work directly on the fat, protein and carbohydrate content of our foodstuff and break them down. As a result, the process of our bodily metabolism becomes faster.
2. Boosts Digestive Health:
Victoria plum is a rich resource of dietary fibers. Moreover, it also contains the sugar alcohol ‘sorbitol’ and the laxative chemical compound isatin. All these components work together to keep our digestive system well functioning. In short, our bowel movement is facilitated and our digestive health is boosted significantly with the help of Victoria plum.
3. Stops Premature Aging:
Victoria plum is loaded with flavonoid antioxidants like anthocyanins, lutein, zea xanthin, cryptoxanthin, and so on. These are known to provide protection to our body against destructive oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS). These properties avert cell damages, which eventually puts a stop to premature aging and other similar diseases.
4. Increases Immunity:
As said earlier, Victoria plum is high in poly phenolic antioxidants. It also contains Vitamin C, which acts as a powerful antioxidant. Eating the fruit regularly can help you fight harmful free radicals, making you more immune to fatal diseases.
5. Cuts Down Infections:
Since consumption of Victoria plum can make your immune system stronger, you can also avoid acute infections by including the fruit in your daily diet. Its antioxidant content will prevent infectious elements from attacking your body cells. So by eating Victorian plum, you can stay away from all sorts of microbial infections.
6. Keeps Heart Healthy:
Containing minerals like iron, potassium, fluoride, etc., Victoria plum plays a significant role to produce red blood cells in our bloodstream. It also regulates the fluid density in our body. The fruit also contains Vitamin K, which resists unnecessary blood clotting. All these help in maintaining constant blood pressure and heart rate to keep our heart remain healthy.
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7. Combats Bone Disorders:
The Vitamin K content of Victoria plum is capable of making our bones stronger, averting bone diseases caused by aging. It can improve bone metabolism to a great extent and prevent ailments like osteoporosis, arthritis, etc.
8. Maintains Healthy Eyes:
Rich in Vitamin A, beta-carotene and the antioxidant zea xanthin, Victoria plum can give you healthy eyes and sharp vision. Vitamin A is considered as the most vital element to enhance our eyesight, while beta-carotene can make its task easy through activation. On the other hand, zea xanthin takes care of the retina and provides protection to the eyes from the ultra-violet rays.
9. Reduces Alzheimer’s Disease:
Studies have revealed that Victoria plum comprises many B complex Vitamins, which reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease by enhancing bodily metabolism as well as facilitating the functionalities of vitamin K.
10. Keeps Cancers At Bay:
Scientists have also proved that regular consumption of Victoria plum can prevent the growth of cancerous cells and help keep cancer at bay.
While we run after taste, these natural wonders patiently wait for us to rediscover them. Junk food may taste great but does nothing for our body. Why not include something healthy in our diet? Incorporate Victoria plum in your diet and stay healthy.
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