Is Prune Juice Good For You?

Is Prune Juice Good For You?

Prune juice is made from plums and offers numerous health benefits, among them improved digestion. Drinking prune juice also aids in the prevention of chronic illness because it is rich in antioxidants.

In addition, the sweet fiber-packed juice also contains beneficial vitamins and minerals which are essential to maintaining optimum health.

So, is prune juice good for you?

Let’s take a closer look at the drink…

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Improved Digestion

Most people basically use prune juice as an essential part of their diet to normalize digestion. It is quite helpful to people suffering from constipation.

Drinking prune juice is also effective in regulating digestion if you are frequently using laxatives.

Prunes contain natural sorbitol as well as dietary fiber, which are the key components that power the prevention and treatment of constipation.

The Korean Journal of Community Nutrition published a scientific study on prune juice in June of 2008, which found out that people eating and drinking prune juice on a daily basis have an increased number of bowel movements, need a shorter time for a bowel movement and experience less pain while having a bowel movement.


Improved Immunity

Eating plant-based foods is vital to achieving a healthy diet because they are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

In 2004, a research article published by the BioFactors Journal cited prunes as a perfect source of antioxidants, especially phenols.

These bio-chemicals assist in preventing your body cells from severe damage caused by free radicals.

Therefore, drinking prune juice is a major step in achieving your basic intake of fruit servings.

In fact, having a diet rich in these bio-chemicals is extremely helpful in empowering immunity against specific chronic diseases like cancer and the coronary heart disease.


A Rich Source of Vitamins

Prune juice is popular because it contains essential vitamins namely Vitamin B, B-6 C and K. Therefore, daily intake of prune juice helps in meeting your body’s need for vitamins.

These vitamins are critical to the proper functioning of your body.

  • Firstly, vitamin C acts as an antioxidant which serves as a key component in the synthesis of strong connective tissues to boost the performance of the immune system.
  • Secondly, vitamin K supports the blood’s ability to clot.
  • Thirdly, B vitamins support energy metabolism processes in the body and help in the maintenance of healthy erythrocytes and regulation of the nervous system.

Contains Trace Minerals

Prune juice is known to be a rich source of minerals such as, potassium, manganese, and iron. Drinking prune juice will give your body all these minerals and their consequent benefits.

For instance, iron is essential to the hemoglobin component of the red blood cells, which supports the transportation of oxygen to your body cells.

The potassium level in prune juice

The potassium available in prune juice is vital in balancing body fluids and maintaining a healthy heart rate.

It also controls nerve impulses as well muscle movements. Lastly, manganese traces in prune juice are necessary for boosting bone formation and metabolic processes.


Conclusion

At this point, the question: ‘Is prune juice good for you?’ has been answered by the aforementioned benefits associated with prune juice.

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24 thoughts on “Is Prune Juice Good For You?

  1. Didn’t know there are many benefits of prune juice. The one that I like the most is its ability to help with constipation. I may try this when one of the kids have constipation. They normally have it when they don’t drink lots of water especially on a scorching hot day. Now, I have an alternative to help them with constipation. And aside from that, they get all the added benefits mentioned. So, that’s great!

    1. My toddler’s the same at the moment Snow White – If he does not drink enough water he goes through terrible constipation. The only problem is getting youngsters to try the juice – some will not take to it at all!

  2. Personally I really don’t like prune juice. But I do always keep some in the fridge because as an athlete, I know how important it is.
    As you stated, it’s so rich in vitamins and minerals and I don’t eat enough fruit so it kinda makes up for it.
    I do have a question though. Do you have any tips and tricks of making it taste better?

    1. Hi Nick,

      Whenever I take prune juice I mix it (generously) with cranberry juice – usually the Ocean Spray brand. Try and get it so that you can only just taste the prune juice in the mix. I have also heard that mixing it with pure apple juice can help – but I haven’t tried this personally!

      Hope this helps mate! 🙂

  3. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for this information on prune juice, it looks like a very healthy drink indeed with several great benefits.  Question though, for those that have problems with their potassium levels, is this something they should be consuming?  Is it possible to consume too much of this stuff and cause adverse reactions?

    1. That’s a good question Kris and I’m really not sure about the answer – I like licorice but my GP told me to cut down due to potassium levels. I would advise asking your GP before going any further. 

  4. Thanks for this article! I have always known the digestive benefits of prune juice, but didn’t actually know the sheer amount of other vitamins and nutrients that it contains. When my son and daughter were starting to eat solid foods, we made sure prunes were a part of their diet just to avoid the constipation. I am wondering if prune juice is like other juices where people say it is better to eat the whole fruit instead of the juice. Thoughts?

  5. Thank you for sharing with us this great on Prune Juice.There are many fruits which bring benefits to our body but I didn’t think that Prune is so rich like this.

    My kid doesn’t like taking water too and most of the time he suffers from constipation but I am going to try Prune Juice despite its taste to fight this constipation.

  6. I never knew there were so many benefits to drinking prune juice. I’ve never personally tasted the juice. I’ve just always imagined it not to have a pleasant taste. I only eat the fruit sometimes. Would eating the fruit have the same effect with regards to constipation as the juice? 

  7. Prune juice seems like a very beneficial drink if your article is anything to go by. From bolstering immunity, improving digestion and supplying vitamins and trace elements, I think it’s a good one that I should be utilizing in my diet. Many thanks for sharing this information, I have enjoyed reading and I will share widely. Best regards

    1. Well cheers for taking the time to share our article mate – much appreciated! 

      Thanks for stopping by and giving our work a chance. 🙂

  8. Thanks so much for this wonderful post, I never knew about the benefits of prune juice but your post has really provided a great insight into this, I love the fact that it help with digestion and constipation, I sometimes have constipation because I don’t take enough water, I will try taking the juice and I will surely share how it works for me here. Thanks. 

    1. Oh constipation is no fun whatsoever Clement, and very painful at times! A couple of years ago I was unlucky enough to be hit by it after using painkillers! 

  9. Hello there!

    Very interesting post! I used to have serious problems with my digestion many years ago. Now I’m ok, but I prefer to maintain my health and your prune juice seem to be perfect for this. A normal digestion is very important.

    Is there any type or brand of prune juice you recommend? And if I make my own juice, I have to use dried prunes or fresh prunes? Which ones are the best?

    1. Hi Anna, 

      Well the organic, more expensive varieties will always give you the good stuff, in my experience. I suppose if you want to blend your own, you should use fresh prunes. 

  10. Hi! Thank you for pointing us in this direction. I have read a bit about prune juice, but hadn’t ever stopped to research about it. But, one of the great things about following your blog is that you’re constantly uploading very useful articles. I appreciate all the research you do, because that saves us so much time.

    I had certainly heard about prone juice’s benefits concerning digestion. But there are so many other benefits. Learning about prunes being a good source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals has made me realize how good prone juice is for all of us. Thank you very much!

  11. Thank you Chris, I really like the fact that prune juice helps with digestion and reduces constipation. Prune juice is also rich in antioxidants which means it will also be an anti aging drink! Being over 50 years old I love that. Will eating plums have the same effect as drinking prune juice?

  12. Constipation is concerning issue at all age. I personally consume magnesium to control my digestion flow. I am glad I read you article because I had the opportunity to learn the benefits of Prune Juice. The most interesting aspect was to discover that prune contains Sorbitol, and ingredient effective for the improvement of bowl movements.

    In addition the antioxidant, the vitamins, and minerals benefits are certainly important for the human body wellness. This article is very instructive. Thank you for the enlightenment. 

    Antoinette song

    1. Hi Antoinette,

      Well it’s great to hear that you enjoyed the article’s topic so much – thanks for reading and for leaving your opinion with us. 

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