I would like to start this article with a simple question – did you know that Jackfruit is the largest fruit that grows on a tree? Well yes, of course, and some have grown up to 100 lbs. That’s really amazing, right? Jackfruits are covered in a bumpy, hard green skin, with a pale-colored flesh on the inside.
Because of its texture, versatility, and vitamin content, jackfruit has been gaining popularity as a meat replacement for vegans. Yes, and you should also know that this amazing and super healthy fruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh!
Jackfruit – Health Benefits:
First, you should know that this super healthy fruit is contains high amounts of potassium, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and magnesium. It’s also got a decent amount of calcium, vitamin A, iron, and even a little bit of protein. One cup of jackfruit offers 25 percent of your daily B6, and as some of you know, B complex vitamins are hard to come by in a vegan diet.
The National Cancer Institute reports show that more than 1.17 million people had colorectal cancer in the United States in 2013. A complicated type of cancer, it is difficult to treat and can develop many other types of complications. But, don’t worry, because the experts say that there is a natural way to fight and improve colon cancer. Jackfruit, something of a delicacy fruit, grows widely in the tropical parts of the world. in South East Asia it is also used for making recipes.
- Colon Cancer Prevention
The health benefits of jackfruit are due to its powerful compounds: isoflavones, phytonutrients, lignans and saponins. Yes, and the experts say that all these nutrients have very powerful anti-cancer benefits. These nutrients in jackfruit can help prevent the harmful free radicals that have been known to develop cancer and many other chronic diseases.
You should also know that the phytonutrients prevent the very initial stage of cancer cell formation. If you already have stomach ulcers, jackfruit can help in fighting them and improving the condition. And, you’ll be amazed when we tell you that phytonutrients can be sourced only from plants-based foods.
Researchers have identified tens of thousands of phytonutrients and all of them provide lots of health benefits. Researchers are still conducting studies worldwide in order to learn how these 3 phytonutrients help in preventing and fighting cancer.
Saponins are also potent anti-cancer agents. A recent study, published in the Journal of Nutrition 1995, has discovered that saponins show colon cancer preventative properties.
There is one more study where these phytonutrients have been found to induce mitotic arrest in the case of leukemia cells. The study also found that it helped in some cases to cause remission. And, you should also know that saponins were found to react to the outer layers of cancer cells. They bound the cells and prevented their further growth.
- Lignans & Isoflavones
The experts say that both these nutrients are phytoestrogens, which means that these phytonutrients bind to the receptors the estrogens do. A recent study has discovered that these nutrients help in reducing the risk of endometrial cancer. One such study was published by the National Cancer Institute in its journal in 2006.
This study covered 500 women who were chosen on a random basis. The group that took the highest levels of isoflavones and lignans from jackfruit and other fruits were found to reduce their cancer rates compared to the control group.
- Protection of Cellular DNA
As we said, jackfruit is loaded with antioxidants, which means that it can help you in protecting your cellular DNA against direct damage from free oxygen radicals. It also helps in preventing induced mutations.
- The anti-cancer properties of jackfruit don’t just stop there.
This super healthy and amazing fruit is loaded with fiber. It also has a unique sticky form. Both these properties combine together to work as a great colon cleanser. It helps in removing toxins from your digestive tract. This further helps in reducing the risk of colon cancer.
- Strengthens Immune System
As we mentioned before, this super healthy fruit is packed with not just vitamin C, but also simple sugars which are considered to help strengthen your immunity. A recent study, conducted on mice, involving the analysis of the immune-boosting properties of the sugars present in jackfruit pulp, the researchers found that jackfruit has polysaccharides that helped in improving phagocytic cell function. These are cells in the immune system.
Nutritional Value of Jackfruit
Yes, and as we mentioned before – if you want to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer (significantly) and improve your digestive system, you should start adding this fruit to your diet.
There are many more reasons why you should eat more jackfruit:
- You’ll be amazed when we tell you that just 1 cup of the fruit has 155 calories with only 4 calories from fat.
- You should also know that the fruit has very low amount of saturated fats, cholesterol, and sodium.
- This super healthy fruit is packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, niacin, folate, thiamine, and riboflavin.
- You should also know that the Jackfruit has so many crucial minerals including potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, calcium, zinc, selenium, copper, and phosphorus.
- Yes, and it also has simple sugars which are great for your health.
- Just 1 cup of jackfruit can supply you over 11% of you daily fiber allowance. But you can never stop yourself at just a cup of this delicious, pulpy fruit.
- Jackfruit has also been used in Chinese medicine for eliminating the effects of alcohol. So you have one more reason to eat more of it.
Well, there you have it guys! This means that you should consume jackfruit every day! We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank You and have a nice day!