Referred to as the fruit of the Gods, Jamun has its origins deeply rooted in India. Jamun is mainly grown in Asian countries such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. The dark purple skinned fruit grows on 20 feet long evergreen trees in the tropical and subtropical regions. Jamuns are botanically called Syzygium Cumunii. Like many of our Indian deities, jamuns too have multiple names, jambul and jaam to name a few. Apart from its exotic taste, jambul rejuvenates and refreshes a tired soul on a hot summer noon! The tangy black tropical plum has a sweet aftertaste that lingers hours after its consumption.
Here are some of the little-known health benefits of jambul that may surprise you:
1. Keeps skin fresh
Tip- For a fair and glowing skin, have a glass full of Jamun pulp and notice the change within weeks! Black plum contains high levels of iron along with vitamin C. Not only does the Iron acts as a purifying agent by increasing the absorption of oxygen in your bloodstream but also increases the hemoglobin count. Further, jamun is highly recommended to anemic patients and people suffering from jaundice.
2. Treats ulcers
Practitioners of Ayurveda have been using jambul leaves to cure diarrhea and stomach ulcers. For treating ulcers, you could either grind the leaves to make a thick paste and apply it onto problem areas or you could chew the leaves.
3. For your daily oral hygiene needs
Natural astringents present in jambul make it an effective substitute for mouthwash. Its medical properties eliminate bad breath. Meanwhile, the pulp is used as a treatment for bleeding gums (gingivitis) Another age-old practice followed by many Asian cultures is to burn the jamun tree leaves and rub the residual ash on one’s teeth to strengthen gums
4. Helps prevent cancer
Yes, you read it right! Research proves that a glass of Jamun daily minimizes the risk of cancer. The bioactive phytochemicals present in the fruit such as polyphenols contain anthocyanin. Carcinogenesis in organs is effectively combated by Anthocyanins, gallic acid, flavonoids and ellagic acid.
5. Good for diabetics
Type II diabetes generally affects people who lead a sedentary lifestyle. People consuming high-calorie food, hogging on deep fried junk food or gorging on cakes and patisseries, become vulnerable to type II diabetes.
Now here is how jambul would help a person with an unhealthy lifestyle. Jamun is known to be rich in Oleanolic acid and many doctors can vouch for the acid’s its anti-diabetic properties. Further, the low glycemic Index makes it a perfect snack and a delicious replacement to sugary products. Black plum not only balances your blood sugar level but also supplements your body with essential vitamins for daily functioning. It controls the blood sugar level by converting excess glucose in the blood to energy. Black plum also combats symptoms of diabetes such as excessive thrusting and urination.
6. Jamun for healthy heart
Black plum contains approximately 55% potassium which is essential to keep your heart healthy. It keeps heart diseases such as strokes, cardiovascular blocks, blood pressure and hypertension at bay! Regular eaters would not face an issue of hardening of arteries.