Colon cancer is among the deadliest types of cancer in the USA. This year, doctors expect about 50 000 deaths from this aggressive type of cancer, and more than half could be prevented by introducing plums and other foods in the daily diet of the patients.
According to findings from a study presented at the Massachusetts Biology Conference, dry plums can keep the intestinal flora healthy and significantly reduce the risk of colon cancer. The study was conducted by Dr. Nancy Turner from the A&M University of Texas, and has proven a link between our diet and the metabolism of microflora in the digestive system.
According to Dr. Turner, trillions of bacteria live in the intestinal tract, with over 400 species being specifically named. The scientists then used dry plums on the known bacteria and recorded the effects.
Colon cancer thrives due to inflammation in the digestive tract, which is often triggered by disruptions in the microflora. Dry plums contain rare phenols which are actually powerful antioxidants that can reduce oxidative stress and fight free radicals in the body that are often the main cause for cancer.
According to experts, dry plums can reduce the aberrant crypt foci numbers which are often identified as the main trigger for cancer development, while also increasing the amount of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
However, there’s a debate going on if plums or prunes are better against colon cancer.
Dry plums contain both soluble and insoluble fiber as well as sorbitol, which fresh plums lack.
Sorbitol is a natural sugar that doesn’t ferment in the body and won’t harm the intestinal microflora, which makes them a better choice for the prevention of the deadly colon cancer.