Scientists may have found a natural cure to help stop the effects of ionized radiation.

It is actually so surprising that dried plums, commonly known as prunes, fell out of favor as an important and beneficial gastronomy just because it was widely presumed to be a diet only associated with relieving constipation. Even after the California Prune Board pressurized the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to change the name from prunes to the more appealing dried plums, many people particularly young adults still reacted negatively to the idea of consuming dried plums for the fear of getting ridiculed for being in constipation mode.

Fast forward to today, the people who felt ashamed to consume dried plums may now have no otherwise but to seriously incorporate the tasty fruit in their diets. This is after researchers and clinicians found that dried plums can promote bone density, prevent fractures and most importantly; restore bone loss caused by ionizing radiation.

Speaking of bone loss being caused by ionizing radiation, many of us are still oblivious to the increased anxiety about the effects of getting exposed to ionizing radiation. These fears are rightly founded considering that radiation cannot just be detected by any average person. The truth is, humans live in a sea of ionizing radiation and too much of it can certainly cause death, let alone bone loss. For those in the dark, ionizing radiation is an electromagnetic wave or any kind of particle that holds sufficient energy that can remove electrons from an atom.

For that matter, astronauts who spend most of their time on space stations, radiation workers, cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy, people living near nuclear plants and victims of nuclear accidents are just some of the people likely to be exposed to death-causing ionized radiation. But even if they do not die, getting exposed to ionizing radiation will most certainly lead to tragic bone and muscle loss, which in essence, brings us back to the importance of incorporating dried plums into our daily diets.

It is irrefutable that reduced bone density and osteoporosis in general, are definitely among key health conditions that are affecting millions of people across the world. Even though many osteoporotic patients are within the aging generation, numerous studies have rightly pointed out that being exposed to ionizing radiation will cause bone loss, age notwithstanding. Fact of the matter is, being exposed to ionizing radiation will disrupt anabolic and catabolic events in the body. This will in turn compromise the body’s skeletal quality, hence increasing the risks of getting numerous bone fractures.

Before the research that dexterously confirmed that incorporating dried plums into your diet can somehow suppress bone loss, there were only two treatment options approved by FDA. They either involved increasing the formation of bone tissues or decreasing bone loss using agents such intermittent parathyroid hormone and bisphosphonates respectively, albeit with mixed results. Better still; the research has now confirmed that a dried plum, or prunes for that matter, is the most bone-friendly fruit. It contains nutrients such as copper, vitamin K, boron and potassium, which are healthy bone-promoting nutrients.

Additionally, the researchers also found that dried plums contains an assortment of polyphenols such as coumaric acid, gallic acid, rutin and caffeoyl-quinic acids that gives it incredible radio-protective effects. The radio-protective effects of dried plums are as a result of these polyphenols having anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help in remodeling and inhibiting bone loss caused by being exposed to ionizing radiation, as well as in improving bone formation.