Sacramento, Calif. (February 11, 2016) —Exciting new animal research, published in Scientific Reports today, suggests that dried plums may help to prevent bone loss in those exposed to radiation, such as astronauts in space. This research is timely as a year-long space mission to help scientists better understand the effects of space on the human body is about to conclude in March
Prunes, which are dried plums, are commonly associated with digestive health, but they “have a magical power in terms of bone,” says Shirin Hooshmand, a San Diego State University assistant professor whose extensive research in animals and humans shows that eating the fruit can reverse and prevent bone loss. According to her latest, yet-to-be-published study, all it takes is five or six medium prunes a day to get this bone-preserving effect.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) announced a 2015 California dried plum crop estimate of 100,000 short tons.