Have you heard that the jackfruit is the biggest tree growing fruit? It can even reach 100 lbs! on the look, it is bumpy with hard skin, green color and the inside flesh is pale. This fruit has become more and more popular lately and especially for vegans, as meat substitute due to the nutrients. And this fruit is the national one of Bangladesh!
The health benefits
This fruit has too much fiber, potassium, vitamin C, B6 and magnesium too. it also has vitamin A, calcium, protein and iron. In 1 cup of it, you get 25% B6 daily dose (vegans have lack of B complex vitamins). National Cancer Institute stated that over 1.17 million people had the colorectal cancer back in 2013. This cancer is really complicated and develops further problems. But, there is a natural cure for this too. The jackfruit.
This fruit originally is found in South Asia and mostly is used for cooking.
But, it can fight cancer too and even prevent some types.
The benefits of this fruit are due to the phytonutrients, isoflavones, saponins and lignans. Experts say that all these fight the cancer cells and free radicals too.
These compounds stop cancer in first stages in the cells. For belly ulcer, this fruit helps a lot. And this compound is mainly in vegetables and plants/fruits. Experts pinpointed more than thousand such benefits about the phytonutrients.
Another anti-cancer item. In the Journal of Nutrition, 1995 in a study was said that saponin prevents colon cancer. Another one proved that these compounds also kill leukemia cells or even cause remission. And the saponin reacts with the outside layer in cancer cells.; they bond and stop growth.
Experts claim that these 2 are phytoestrogens and lower the risk of endometrial cancer. In one study of the National Cancer Institute 2006 was claimed this theory. And in the study were included 500 women, randomly. Those with more such jackfruit compounds reduced the cancer risk much more.
Protected cellular DNA
The jackfruit has many antioxidants and this means the DNA is safe against harmful free radical influence. Also, you will be less prone to mutations in those cells.
Cancer benefits- since this fruit has fiber it is also sticky and with strange structure. This means by eating this, the colon will be perfectly cleansed from all digestive toxins. Thus, colon cancer risk is lowered.
We have said already about the vitamins and nutrients in this fruit but it also has simple sugars inside too. in amice study was claimed that the cells work better with the jackfruit simple sugars, polysaccharides, and those cells are consisted in the immunity we have.
Jackfruit nutrition values
To have less risk of colorectal cancer and have better digestion too, buy this fruit.
Other reasons why you need it:
- 1 cup = 155 calories and just 4 cal. Fat
- Low in saturated fats, sodium and cholesterol
- Loads of vitamin C, A, folate, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine
- Minerals: magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron, zinc, calcium, copper, selenium, phosphorus
- Simple sugars – healthy ones
- 1 cup of it offers 11% daily fibers.
- It was used in China as medicine for alcohol problems.
Now that you know the benefits, head to the health store or markets and try to find this amazing fruit!
Source and image source: holisticlivingtips.com