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    Asian Plum, Black Splendor Plum, Bullace Plum, California Plum, Damson Plum, Dried Plum, European Plum, French Plum, French Plum cv d'Agen, French Prune, Gage, Gardalu, Garden Plum, Greengage, Italian Prune Plum cv President, Italian Prune Plum ...
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    PLUM Overview
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    PLUM Side Effects
    PLUM Interactions
    PLUM Dosing
    PLUM Overview Information

    The plum is a fruit. There are over 40 species of plum. The most common are Prunus domestica and Prunus salicina. Dried plums are called prunes.

    Fresh and dried plums contain fiber and other chemicals that might help with constipation. Dried plum also contains chemicals that seem to reduce bone loss and improve joint health.

    People use dried plums for constipation, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support most of these uses.

    Don't confuse plum with Japanese Apricot. These are not the same.

    PLUM Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

    Possibly Effective for:

    • Constipation. Consuming dried plums, plum juice, or plum puree seems to improve constipation. It seems to work as well as psyllium.
    There is interest in using plum for a number of other purposes, but there isn't enough reliable information to say whether it might be helpful.

    PLUM Side Effects & Safety

    When taken by mouth: Plums are commonly consumed in food. Plum is possibly safe when used as medicine for up to 12 months. Plum might cause stomach issues like gas and diarrhea. If dried plums or pits are swallowed whole, they might block the intestines.

    Special Precautions & Warnings:

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Plums are commonly consumed in food. There isn't enough reliable information to know if plum is safe to use in larger amounts as medicine when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.

    Allergy to plants in the Rosaceae family: People who are allergic to other plants in the Rosaceae family, including apricots, peaches, and cherries, might also be allergic to plum.

    PLUM Interactions What is this?

    Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination

    • Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs) interacts with PLUM

      Plum might slow blood clotting. Taking plus along with medications that also slow blood clotting might increase the risk of bruising and bleeding.

    PLUM Dosing

    Whole plums, dried plums, and plum juice are commonly consumed in foods.

    As medicine, dried plums have most often been used by adults in doses of 50-100 grams by mouth daily for up to 12 months. Speak with a healthcare provider to find out what dose might be best for a specific condition.

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