Jamun is the Hindi name for Indian blackberry which is also known as java plum or black plum in English. This colorful summer-rainy fruit is very popular and has several health benefits due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting properties. This deep purple fruit with big seeds inside is not only attractive to look but is loaded with health benefits that many of us are not aware of.
Medicinal benefits of Jamun (Indian blackberry) -
Anemia: Jamun increases hemoglobin levels due to the presence of high vitamin C and iron in it. Iron helps to purify the blood and carries more oxygen to the organs for better functioning.
Diabetes: Ayurveda highly recommends jamun to diabetics due to its low glycemic index and other impressive benefits of controlling high blood sugar levels. In research, it is observed that apart from the fruit pulp, jamun leaves, bark or seeds in the form of powder also help to control hyperglycemia, excessive thirst, and frequent urination among diabetics.
Bones: The healthy amount of calcium and magnesium present in jamun support bones and teeth. Jamun also has anti-bacterial properties that help in treating oral health problems. Jamun seeds are rich in protein, so instead of throwing them away, they can be sun-dried and used in the form of powder with milk to strengthen bone health.
Heart: In this modern era, people are prone to get chronic diseases owing to their sedentary lifestyle. Jamun is one of the highly beneficial fruits to keep such diseases at bay due to the presence of high-quality antioxidants, vitamins and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and A in them. They help to reduce the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, atherosclerosis and other heart disorders.
Digestion: Jamun is great in taste and has so many health benefits. It is loaded with fiber, essential minerals, and antioxidants which detoxify the body and help in treating digestive disorders such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating and IBS.
Skin: Jamun contains high amount of iron, vitamin C, and A which help to improve hemoglobin levels and also purify the blood. Consuming this fruit regularly helps to keep the skin free from wrinkles, acne and spots. Jamun can either be enjoyed raw or in the form of shots, juice, smoothie, and jelly to hydrate the body and get a glowing beautiful skin.
Kidney: Jamun aids in treating kidney stones naturally and the diuretic effects of jamun flushes out toxins from both the kidneys through urine. Jamun contains alkaloids which are effective in maintaining blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of diabetic nephropathy (diabetic kidney disease).
Cancer: Consuming fresh jamun or jamun juice helps in curing cancer due to its carcinogenic properties. The presence of bioactive phytochemicals, flavonoid, ellagic acid, and other compounds with antioxidant effects minimize the risk of cancer.
Teeth and gums- Powder of dried jamun leaves have anti-bacterial properties that help to treat oral problems, eliminate bad breath, and prevent throat infections.
Infertility - Diabetes, obesity, thyroid and PCOS are the main causes of infertility. In Ayurveda, doctors suggest jamun leaves’ or seeds’ powder and bark churna in the form of tablets as the best remedy to treat male and female infertility.
Since ancient times in Ayurveda, jamun pulp, jamun leaves, bark, and seeds are considered to be the most effective medicine. Unfortunately, this fruit isn’t available throughout the year. So, make sure to take all the benefits during its season only. Consuming it sometimes in the form of tetra pack juice or frozen fruit is also good, but it should be noted that nutritional values will be less as compared to the fresh fruits.
Eat fresh and be healthy!