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Jamun (Syzygium Cumini)

 

Jamun is indigenous to India. The fruit is consumed like a health snack in many parts of the world. It’s loaded with antioxidants and flavonoids essential for a healthy body and mind. Jamun contains glucose and fructose. Its seed contains carbohydrates, protein and calcium in large amount and also consists of iron, vitamins and fiber.

Seeds of Jamun are used by Ayurveda practitioners, herbalists and traditional healers in various formulations. The seeds are usually dried and powdered. Jamun powder is mixed with different herbs and spices to prepare medicinal mixes which are beneficial for various ailments. Bark powder of Jamun tree is mixed with Jamun juice and used as a medicine to cure cough and cold. In several Asian cultures, leaves of Jamun are grounded into a fine paste and given to individuals suffering from dysentery. Leaves of this fruit are also used to treat frequent urine discharge, excessive sweating, and healing wounds.

 

History

History of jamun fruit goes a long way. It is believed this exotic fruit has its origins in Neolithic times, when man consumed wild berries, wild plums, and nuts as a staple. In India, Jamun is referred to as the ‘Fruit of Gods’. The fruit is of significant importance in Hindu mythology. During his 14-year exile from Ayodhya, Lord Rama is believed to have eaten several berries and plums including jamun.

Benefits

  • Jamun is known to be an effective treatment for diabetes as it has hypoglycemic properties effective in reducing high blood sugar. Jamun juice should be included in a diabetic’s nutritional diet.
  • It helps in strengthening the digestive system in the body
  • Help in treating urinary disorders
  • Consumption of Jamun minimizes the risk of cancer. This fruit has several bioactive phytochemicals that include polyphenols, which contain anthocyanin known to fight cancer cells.
  • Jamun juice is excellent for natural bowel movement.
  • It is a natural astringent used as a mouthwash as it eliminates bad breath.
  • Used as a treatment for gingivitis (bleeding gums).
  • Jamun seed powder and turmeric is mixed with jamun juice and applied on skin to get rid of blemishes and light scars.
  • Jamun juice with powder of its leaves is an excellent treatment for ulcerative colitis.
  • Regular consumption of jamun for 2 to 4 months helps individuals with problems of bleeding hemorrhoids significantly.
  • Protect from liver damage.
  • Have antioxidants and flavonoids that play a huge role in purification of blood. Natural acids present in this fruit play a pivotal role in digestive enzyme secretion.
  • Relieve fatigue and strain.
  • Jamun juice is excellent for immune system.
  • Used for asthma and chronic cough.