14th October 2021


California Prune Board highlights benefits of eating prunes in menopause and beyond

The California Prune Board (CPB) is using this year’s World Menopause Day (Monday 18th October) to raise awareness of the benefits of eating prunes as part of a healthy lifestyle. The annual event seeks to increase the public’s understanding of menopause, and the support available for those looking to improve health and wellbeing during and beyond the transition.

This year, the focus of World Menopause Day is bone health. As prunes are high in vitamin K and a source of manganese, which contribute to the maintenance of normal bones, it’s an area the CPB has dedicated years of research into.

Esther Ritson-Elliott, Director of International Marketing and Communications for the CPB, explains: “With statistics showing women can lose up to 20% of their bone density 5-7 years after menopause[1], maintaining bone health and improving bone strength with a nutrient-rich diet and exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle.”

The CPB has actively supported research into understanding how prune consumption can positively benefit musculoskeletal health, with studies revealing the beneficial effects prunes may exert on bone mineral density[2]. Research also suggests that eating five to six prunes (50g) per day may help reduce bone loss in postmenopausal women.[3]

The Journal of Medicinal Food[4] also recently published research suggesting that eating a daily portion of prunes may benefit the heart, including raising antioxidant capacity and reducing inflammation in healthy, postmenopausal women.

Esther adds: “As well as bone-friendly vitamin K and manganese, California Prunes are also a good source of other nutrients like fibre, which aids digestive health, and potassium, which contributes to normal muscle function. As a delicious snack and versatile ingredient, prunes make an easy and tasty addition to the daily diet.”

To find out more about the benefits of eating California Prunes, visit www.californiaprunes.net





Kathryn Swinglehurst, Apple Tree Communications (ATC) Ltd  / E:  kath@appletreecomms.co.uk / T: +44 (0) 7775 814156


[1] www.nof.org/prevention/general-facts/

[2] https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/9/4/401/htm

[3] https://www.californiaprunes.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Nutrition-Handbook-updated-07Jan21.pdf

[4] https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33978491/