About Aloo Bukhara/Plum/Prune
Aloo Bukhara is very famous, nutritious and summer season fruit looks very nice and attractive. It is very sweet and juicy fruit found in abundant amount during season and most loved by the people to keep their health strong and powerful.
It is well known with many names such as plum, prune, damson (dried plum) and etc however, it is most famous by the name Aloo Bukhara. Approximately 140 varieties of the Aloo Bukhara are found during the season in the market. It is a fruit of very old origin having no any particular country of origin. However it has been estimated that it was first originated in the Asia. Some of the leading cultivators of the plum are China, USA, Serbia, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Romania, France and etc all over the world. It belongs to the same family of cherries and peaches and found in many colors such as purple, red, bluish black, green and yellow.
Benefits of Aloo Bukhara (Plum)
Aloo Bukhara is very attractive, healthy, tasty and antioxidants rich fruit packed with the vitamins (especially vitamin A), minerals, iron and etc. it boosts the mental and emotional health of the people as it contains all the essential properties of boosting the health if consumed on daily basis. It can be used as a wonderful vitamins capsule of boosting the health. It has been used for years for both health and beauty benefits by the people. Some of its benefits from both aspects are discussed below:
Benefits of Aloo Bukhara to Prevent Cancer
- Since I have mentioned already that it is rich source of antioxidants and vitamins thus it is very effective fruit which boosts the body immunity to get prevented from the cancer.
Prevents from Cancer
- Plum contains beta carotene in sufficient amount which is very essential phytonutrients required to fight against various types of cancer.
Benefits of Aloo Bukhara for Aging
Improves Brain Capacity
- Aloo Bukhara is an anti-aging fruit boots the power of both body and mind thus enhances the brain capacity to function actively for long time.
- Plum also enhances the level of vitality among people if eaten on regular basis.
- Prune fights with aging by slowing down the process of aging such as lack of attention and focus, declining memory, problem to remember things and so many.
Benefits of Aloo Bukhara for Heart
Promotes Heart Health
- It is the healthiest fruit having capacity to keep heart healthy by reducing the bad blood cholesterol level, increasing good cholesterol level, boosting blood health, keeping arteries healthy and etc if consumed regularly.
Removes Unnecessary Bile
- Plum helps in removing unnecessary bile from liver so that extra cholesterol can be used for addressing the bile deficiency. In this way it reduces the bad cholesterol level and prevents heart from the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Normalizes Blood Pressure
- Its high level potassium and low level sodium minerals plays vital role in normalizing the blood pressure level and lowering down the water retention in body.
Protects from Blood Clotting
- It is the good source of vitamin K which helps in protecting from the unnecessary blood clotting thus prevents from high blood pressure and stroke.
Benefits of Aloo Bukhara for Diabetes
Maintains Normal Blood Sugar Level
- It contains proper amount of soluble dietary fibers which helps in maintaining the normal blood sugar level by regularizing the absorption of glucose in blood.
Reduces Risk of Type-2 Diabetes
- Plum prevents from type-2 diabetes by boosting the insulin sensitivity in the body.
Benefits of Aloo Bukhara for Skin
Provides Proper Nourishment
- Aloo Bukhara is the rich source of vitamin A and beta-carotene which are the most essential elements for the skin health thus it helps in nourishing the proper skin health if eaten on regular basis.
Prevents from Skin Problems
- It prevents skin from various skin problems like blemishes, eczema, acne and etc.
Makes Skin Soft and Glowing
- It provides skin a radiant glow, soft and supple touch.
Prevents Skin from Dryness
- Prune prevents skin from the dryness and roughness including other facial skin problems by providing it a natural freshness.
Solves Dark and Black Lips Problem
- It also provides relief from the dark and black lips problem if fresh peeled plum is rubbed on the lips and gives lip a soft and pink look.
Protects Skin from UV Rays
- Plum prevents skin cells damage by protecting it from the harmful UV sun rays.
Keeps away from Seasonal Infections
- Vitamin C found in it protects skin from various seasonal infections.
Benefits of Aloo Bukhara for Women
Reduces Risk of Bone Problems
- It reduces the risk of osteoporosis, bone demineralization and other problems among women after the menopause.
Keeps Bones and Joints Healthy
- Plum boosts the proper growth and development of the bones and joints (by enhancing the secretion of enzymes and growth factors for bone growth) among menopausal women if consumed in adequate amount.
Reduces Risk of Early Menopause
- It is the rich source of iron and folic acid thus reduces the chance of early menopause by maintaining the proper flow of blood and hemoglobin count among women.
Benefits of Aloo Bukhara for Men
Treats Semen Leakage Problem
- It provides relief from the semen leakage problem among men if the mixed water of soaked plum and 1 tsf aniseed (saunf) is taken regularly.
Other Health Benefits of Aloo Bukhara
Improves Blood Haemoglobin Count
- It is the richest source of iron and folates which are most required elements to enhance the blood haemoglobin count thus it is most beneficial to get prevented from the anemia.
Boosts Nerves and Muscles Functioning
- Aloo Bukhara contains high level of potassium which boosts the functioning of nerves and muscles thus prevents from many health problems related to the nerves and muscles during old age.
Manages Normal Weight
- Its high level of insoluble dietary fibers provides stomach the sense of fullness for longer period of time thus prevents from overeating and involves in the weight management.
- It contains vitamin A and beta carotene which helps in improving eye sight and preventing from the various eye disorders.
Normalizes Digestive System
- It also helps in improving the appetite and normalizing the digestive system functioning as it is the best natural home remedy for all.
- It provides instant relief from the weakness and fatigue if taken on daily basis on empty stomach in the morning after routine walk.
Provides Relief from Enlarged Spleen
- Its regular consumption is very effective home remedy to get relief from the problem of enlarged spleen and get normal sized spleen.
- It provides relief from the foot inflammations if plum is rubbed on the foot palm for around 15 mins.
Treats Sleeping Disorders
- It helps in treating the sleeping disorders among people if it (6-8) is taken regularly before sleep time.
Boosts Memory Power
- Its antioxidants richness makes it able to boost weak memory power during old age.
Provides Relief from many Problems
- Plum also provides relief from the problems of throat swelling, soreness, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, scanty urination and prostate gland problem.
- It enhances metabolism by promoting the enzymatic actions in body.
Destroys Free Radicals
- Its high level of antioxidants, carotenoids and phytonutrients helps in getting prevented from the diseases caused by free radicals.
Good Source of Magnesium
- It contains good level of magnesium mineral which has ability to promote muscles, nerves and blood vessels relaxation. It also protects from the asthma, muscle soreness, migraine, headaches and etc.
Treats Digestive Tract Disorders
- It naturally assists in treating the problem of constipation, irregular bowel movements and etc disorders of digestive tract due to the availability of insoluble dietary fibers.
Prevents from Old age Problems
- Its regular consumption prevents from the age-related macular degeneration, infections as well as enhances the iron synthesis and absorption in the body.
Fights Early Ageing
- Prune contains lutein, beta carotene, cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin and etc which actively help in fighting against the free radicals and early ageing problem.
Benefits of Aloo Bukhara Leaves
Provides Relief from Intestinal Worm
- It provides relief from the intestinal worm problem if paste of the plum leaves is applied to the lower abdominal area means below the belly point.
Relieves Running Nose
- Drinking water or tea prepared by boiling some plum or Aloo Bukhara leaves provides instant relief from the excessive running nose problem.
Nutritional Benefits of Dried Aloo Bukhara per 100 g
(Source: USDA Nutrient Database)
Energy: 240 kcal
Carbohydrate: 63.88 g
Sugar: 38.13 g
Dietary fibers: 7.1 g
Fat: 0.38 g
Protein: 2.18 g
Vitamin A: 148 μg
Thiamine: 0.051 mg
Riboflavin: 0.186 mg
Niacin: 1.882 mg
Pantothenic acid: 0.422 mg
Vitamin B6: 0.205 mg
Folate: 4 μg
Choline: 10.1 mg
Vitamin C: 0.6 mg
Vitamin E: 0.43 mg
Vitamin K: 59.5 μg
Potassium: 732 mg
Sodium: 2 mg
Calcium: 43 mg
Iron: 0.93 mg
Magnesium: 41 mg
Manganese: 0.299 mg
Phosphorus: 69 mg
Zinc: 0.44 mg
Selenium: 0.66 mcg
Copper: 150 mcg
Fluoride: 4 µg
Beta-carotene: 39 μg
Beta-crypto-xanthin: 35 μg
Lutein zeaxanthin: 394 μg
How to Select and Store
It is widely found in the summer season at every place in the market. Always select bright colored, reddish dark and deep colored, medium sized, even skinned, fresh, firm, juicy, well ripe and in small amount from the market. Avoid buying green or unripe, wrinkled, bruised, spotted, uneven size and large amount.
Unripe aloo bukhara can be stored at room temperature to get well ripe. However, well ripe aloo bukhara is stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days in air tight poly bags after well wash under running water. Dried plums can also be purchased, used and stored at room temperature according to the need and requirement.
How to Enjoy
Aloo Bukhara can be enjoyed in many ways such as chatni, sharbat, jam, juice, dried, fresh and etc. It can be enjoyed as a fruit salad, added in ice-cream, fruit chat, mixed fruit cream, dessert, fruit soup, cake and etc.
Precautions, Side Effects and Disadvantages of Aloo Bukhara
In spite of its lots of health benefits, it is very necessary for the health that everyone must know it’s all the pros and cons before adding it to their daily diet plan. Some of its precautions, side effects and disadvantages are mentioned below:
- It should be avoided by the person already suffering kidney or gall bladder stone problems as it contains high oxalates content which may worsen the condition.
- Higher amount consumption of it should be avoided as it may lead to the stomach bloating, gas formation and etc digestive system problems.
- Generally, eating dried prunes or plums should be avoided as it contains a carcinogenic chemical called acrylamide (neurotoxin) which causes some toxic effects to the health like neuropathy, fertility and etc.
How Much Aloo Bukhara to Eat a Day
Aloo Bukhara should be eaten within limit and requirement of the body as I have already mentioned it’s all the disadvantages above. Its daily need to the individual body depends on the age, sex and health conditions of the person however; approximately 200-250 g of it can be eaten by the normal healthy person.
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