It has amazing medicinal qualities; it is good for the liver, intestines and has the ability to convert starch into energy. Thus, this black beauty is a well-known remedy for those suffering from diabetes. It is known to keep a check on urination which is a common problem among diabetics. Known as sugar-less chocolate it reduces stress levels, especially the stress and strain on the joints and feet.
Diabetics are advised to eat more of this fruit during summer to keep blood sugar levels in check, because of the fruit’s low glycemic index. The extract of bark, seeds, and leaves too are beneficial in the treatment of diabetes.
The decoction of the bark and powdered seed is good for treating diabetes. The extract of the bark, seeds and leaves are good in maintaining decreased level of sugar in urine (glycouria). The seeds of this fruit also have hypoglycemic effects.
The powder of these seeds can be taken as an adjuvant both for type II diabetes, either insulin dependent or non-insulin dependent. The regular intake of this fruit prevents or postpones the onset of diabetes. The real benefit is at the stage of IFG (Impaired fasting glucose) which can be well-controlled with this fruit, both with fruit as well as the seed powder. Regulation of IFG prevents the early onset of diabetes and further conditions. Each herb has its own mode of action in diabetes, at various stages. The cumulative and rational combination of these herbs certainly would help for safe diabetes control and prevention.
Plums are an important part of weight management diet. A cup of pitted plums has about 100 calories, more than 2 grams of fibre and almost as much potassium as in banana.
Other curative properties of this fruit are that it is known to relieve stomach pain, it is carminative, anti-scorbutic and diuretic. The nutrients present in this fruit also help to cure digestive disorders like flatulence, bowel spasm, stomach disorders and dysentery. The juice of this fruit also helps to overcome the problem of female sterility.
Black Plum has adequate amount of iron and vitamin C. The presence of iron in the black plum is good to increase the haemoglobin count. The fruit’s iron content acts as blood purifying agent. Since it is the medium of purifying your blood, it is good for maintaining skin texture and beauty. People suffering from anaemia and jaundice should eat Black Plums because of its high iron content.
Also, it is important to note that one should not eat more than 2 average-sized plums in one sitting to balance the high level of natural sugar in the fruit.
Black Plum – precautions and side effects
- Road- side plums should be avoided as it may be contaminated from lead and heavy metals.
- Pregnant as well as breast-feeding mother should avoid this fruit.
- Since this fruit lowers blood sugar; one should not eat it before and after two weeks of surgery.
- Eating this fruit on empty stomach should be avoided.
- Intake of milk should be avoided after eating this fruit.
- Excessive eating of this fruit should be avoided as it can lead to body ache and fever. Excessive eating is also not good for throat and chest.
- The fruit also enhances Vata dosha, so people with high Vata should avoid it.
Source: AHT Desk