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The Surprising Benefits of Dates, Figs and Prunes

Written By: 
Woolven & Ted 


Dates, figs and prunes have several things in common. They are all 
fruits we often eat dried. They all likely originate in the Middle 
East or Mediterranean. And they all have surprising secret health benefits


Dates have been eaten for over 4,000 years. In the Qur'an, 
is counselled to eat dates to ease the birth of Jesus. Today, science 
is giving the same advice.

Why? What effect does eating dates have on delivery?

Sixty-nine pregnant women ate six dates a day for four weeks before 
their estimated delivery date. Another group of 45 women ate none. 
The women who ate the dates had significantly greater cervical 
dilation: 3.52 cm versus 2.02 cm. Spontaneous, or natural, labour 
occurred in 79% of the women who ate no dates but in a full 96% of 
the women who did. The women who ate the 
<>dates also needed 
significantly less drugs: 47% of women who did not eat dates had to 
be administered prostin/oxytocin while only 28% of women who ate 
dates did. The women who ate dates also had shorter labours: latent 
phase of the first stage of labour was 906 minutes in the no date 
group but a significantly shorter 510 minutes in the date group.

study suggests that eating six dates a day during the last four weeks 
before labour encourages easier, faster deliveries.

And, it's not the first study to find this benefit for pregnant 
women. <>Other studies have 
also found greater cervical dilation from eating dates. And a new 
controlled <>study, while 
not finding that dates bring about faster labour, did find that 
eating dates late in a pregnancy "positively affect[s] the outcome of 
delivery and labour" by significantly reducing the need for labour 
augmentation with drugs (oxytocin). The study found that dates 
produced this important benefit without any adverse effect on the 
mother or the child.

So, eating six dates a day during the final month of pregnancy could 
safely bring about huge relief for pregnant women.


Though prunes may be the dried fruit famous for treating 
constipation, modern research also supports the 
<>fig for this too commonly 
needed relief.

Our diet and lifestyle are so messed up that chronic 
<>constipation has 
become an incredibly common problem. There are a number of effective 
herbs for constipation, but now science adds an easy, tasty solution.

Forty people suffering from constipation were given figs that had 
been turned into a paste while another forty were given a placebo 
paste in a double-blind 
<>study. You could just 
eat figs, but the study used a fig paste because giving you a fig 
would make using a placebo impossible.

The people in the study were all experiencing reduced stool 
frequency, hard stools and difficulty passing stools. The paste they 
were given was equal to eating about 3 figs. They ate the fig paste 
or the placebo paste every day for eight weeks.

The people who got the fig paste improved significantly more. Their 
Transit time went down significantly more: it was reduced from 63 
hours to 38 hours. Their stools were significantly softer, and they 
experienced significantly less abdominal discomfort than people in 
the placebo group.

So, science says that figs are an easy, safe, affordable remedy for 
the common problem of constipation.

Dried Plums

You know them as prunes, but the official name is now dried plums. 
Dried plums are best known for relieving constipation, but they have 
been hiding a secret and surprising benefit. Recent research has 
discovered that dried plum is the most beneficial fruit for building bone.

The <>first clue came in 
2002 when 58 postmenopausal women ate either 100g or dried prunes or 
75g of dried apples each day for 3 months. Only the prune group had 
significantly increased markers of bone formation (insulin-like 
growth factor-I and bone-specific alkaline phosphatase activity). 
This study provided the first suggestion that eating dried plums 
could be good for bones in postmenopausal women.

Almost a decade would pass before researchers put that suggestion to 
the test. The new <>study 
included 160 
women with low bone density 
(<>osteopenia). The 
women were given either 100g of dried plums or a placebo of dried 
apple. That's about 10 prunes a day. All of the women also took 500mg 
of calcium and 400IU of 
<>vitamin D. At the 
end of the one year study, eating prunes had significantly increased 
bone mineral density compared to apple.

The effect of the prunes may be even greater than the study suggests 
because it is not totally clear that apple is a true placebo. Apples 
include nutrients, including boron, that are good for bones.

A more recent 
set out to see if a lower dose of plums would work just as well. If 
100g of plums was "highly effective," how would half as much do? 48 
postmenopausal women between the ages of 65 and 79 who had osteopenia 
were given either 50g of dried plums, 100g of dried plums or no dried 
plums. As in the earlier study, they each also took 500mg of calcium 
and 400IU of vitamin D.

At the end of the 6 month study, both doses of prunes had 
significantly increased bone mineral density. The lower dose was as 
effective as the higher dose, suggesting that 5-6 dried plums a day 
should be enough to build bone.

So, modern science has revealed secret benefits to these three ancient fruits.


Linda Woolven and Ted Snider are the authors of a monthly newsletter, 
"The Natural Path: Your Guide to Good Health & Vitality: Cutting Edge 
Research Made Easy." If you want to subscribe to it (for a fee), 
s<>ubscribe here.