Like most fruits, beach plums are very rich in vitamin C. Other bioactive compounds found in sizeable amounts are neochlorogenic, chlorogenic acid, cryptoxanthin, zeaxanthin, lutein and other phytonutrients. Most of these compounds have an antioxidant action and protect tissues and cells from the destructive action of free radicals. An important benefit of beach plums consumption is that essential fats, especially the ones found in brain cells, are no longer damaged by oxidation. Extracts from the beach plum are known to combat obesity and various related problems. It has been known for a long time that eating any type of stone fruit provides the body with a number of bioactive compounds that can regulate the metabolism. It is believed that the most powerful of these substances are chlorogenic acids, quercetin, anthocyanins and catechins. These phenolic compounds and flavonoids have an anti-inflammatory action and fight obesity by acting at a cellular level. In addition, many of the issues caused by obesity are decreased, like heart diseases, diabetes or very high levels of cholesterol in the blood. Besides being a strong antioxidant, vitamin C also boost the body's immune reaction. This can counter common cold, flu and make the organism more resilient against a wide range of infections. Modern studies have investigated some of the compounds found in beach plums. The flavonoids in the juice were found to have an effect on the cognitive problems caused by aging. They combat the inflammation of the neural areas, which preserves the memory and logical thoughts. For the same reason, eating beach plums constantly protects from Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and can improve the condition of people who already suffer from such neurodegenerative issues.
The original range of the beach plum consists of the dunes at the edge of coastal areas. It enjoys similar environments, with sandy ground and full sun exposure. It doesn't like soils with a high amount of clay but grows well in any other soil with proper drainage, from fertile to acidic or loamy...h_menulimestone.htm In cultivation, loamy soils are a great choice, as well as limestone-based ones. However, if the lime composition is too high, the plant can become chlorotic. It is well adapted to marine conditions, like strong sun exposure, salty waters or powerful winds. Beach plum is cultivated commercially for the value of its edible fruit. Like many related plants, beach plum is vulnerable to honey fungus. Damage to the roots will result in suckers, since the system is not very deep. Seeds are viable and can be used for propagation. After cold stratification for 2 or 3 months, the seed can be placed in a cold frame. This should be done as closer to the start of the year as possible and the seeds must be protected from rodents. Germination is sometimes a very slow process, in some cases the seedling emerges after one year and a half. As soon as they can be handled, the young shoots have to be moved to individual pots. Keep them inside or in a cold frame during the first winter and move them to the final location during the spring. Cuttings of semi ripe wood can be placed in a frame during the summer, with layering in the spring.