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Vitamins in Prunes

author image Amy Long Carrera
Amy Long Carrera is a registered dietitian in Los Angeles who has been writing since 2007 for such publications as The Insider, On the Other Side and Arthritis Today. She is a certified nutrition support clinician and her writing employs current research to provide evidence-based nutrition information. Carrera holds a master of science degree in nutrition from California State University, Northridge.
Vitamins in Prunes
Prunes are an excellent source of vitamin K. Photo Credit: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Prunes are known for their contribution to healthy bowel habits. This benefit was outlined by a 2011 article in "Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics," in which the authors concluded that prunes were more effective than psyllium fiber at relieving constipation. The dried plums are also a good source of vitamins essential to your health.

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A 100-gram serving of prunes, which is almost a one-half-cup, contains nearly 60 micrograms of vitamin K. That provides 74 percent of the daily vitamin K requirement for a 2,000-calorie diet. This nutrient is important for normal blood clotting and cellular activity, and optimal bone density, according to the Linus Pauling Micronutrient Information Center. The same amount of prunes provides at least 9 percent of your daily needs for the B vitamins, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B-6. B vitamins are necessary for your body to turn the food you eat into a source of energy, states Medline Plus. Prunes contain less than 4 percent of your daily needs for folate, vitamin A and vitamin C.

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