What is prune juice?
Prunes are dried plums. They are loaded with fiber and various nutrients. Generally, it is advised to have the fruit instead of the juice. However, prune juice is emerging as a popular remedy for relieving constipation and promoting gut health. The juice also contains various minerals and antioxidants including vitamins present in prunes. Since prune juice is made from dried plums, it is not obtained by squeezing the fruit. The juice is generally prepared by boiling the prunes in water for up to 12 hours. This allows the beneficial components to seep into the water. The solid material is then strained off.
You can make prune juice at home by soaking prunes in some water for around 20 minutes. Put the soaked prunes in a blender and add some more water. You can also add some lemon juice to enhance the taste. Strain the pulp or leave it to get some fiber in the juice.
How does prune juice help relieve constipation?
Prune juice helps promote bowel movement in various ways. The juice is rich in a type of sugar-alcohol called “sorbitol.” Sorbitol is not fully absorbed or digested in the gut. It creates an “osmotic effect,” which means that it pulls more water into the gut. This helps to loosen up the stools and promotes bowel movements. Some manufacturers add fiber-rich prune puree to the juice. The fiber also has laxative effects and promotes bowel movements. Prune juice also contains magnesium, potassium, and a compound called diphenyl isatin. All of these improve gut function.