Jackfruit - Kathal - Artocarpus Heterophyllus
One of the special superfoods that Mother Nature has given to humanity is jackfruit. It has a very amazing nutrient profile and offers a multitude of health advantages. Many people love this sweet yellow fruit, which is commonly accessible in the summer. It is distinctive since it may be used as a fruit, nut, vegetable, nutritious meat substitute, a rich source of carbohydrates, and more. It produces massive, hefty fruits that are rich in protein and have a tonne of vitamins and minerals. It is the largest tree fruit in the world. In recent years, jackfruit has become extremely popular as research has revealed ever-increasing health benefits.
Synonyms of Jackfruit
- Jackfruit tree
- Artocarpus heterophyllus
- Fruit tree
- Fenus Artocarpus
- Antiaris Toxicaria
Nutritional Facts of Jackfruit
One cup of sliced raw jackfruit has:
Phytochemical Constituents of Jackfruit
- Volatile acids sterols and tannins.
Therapeutic Uses of Jackfruit
- Heals Anemia
Anemia is brought on by iron deficiency. It becomes more challenging to make enough hemoglobin, which delivers oxygen to the body’s cells when iron levels decline. Along with manganese, copper, and magnesium, jackfruit also contains vitamins A, C, and E, all of which are valuable for the synthesis of blood.
- Cures Ulcers
Jackfruit is the finest way to cure ulcer disorder since it has potent anti-ulcerative, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant characteristics, unlike normal treatments for ulcer medication, which have several adverse effects.
- Improves Digestion
Jackfruit is rich in two kinds of fibers-soluble and insoluble. It is very important to eat a healthy amount of fiber in your daily meal for good digestion. The soluble fiber is quickly broken down by our body to produce energy and the insoluble fiber adds bulk to your stool thereby easing up your bowel movement.
- Strengthens Bones
Jackfruit is rich in potassium, which protects the kidneys from calcium damage, as well as calcium, which strengthens bones. Consuming jackfruit can help manage bone-related diseases like osteoporosis and arthritis.
- Prevents Asthma
By addressing the physical imbalances that asthma causes, jackfruit can stop asthma attacks from happening. The fruit can help regulate the symptoms by eliminating the free radicals created in the body as a result of pollution, especially when the symptoms are caused by pollution.
Home Remedies Jackfruit
- Skin Glow
Jackfruit is also very helpful to make your skin glow. For this, you can soak the seeds in milk and honey. The components should be ground to a paste. On your face, evenly distribute it. Leave it on so the paste may finish drying. Apply lukewarm water to rinse.
- Stimulates digestion
Constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, and other symptoms of indigestion can be effectively treated with jackfruit seeds. These seeds enhance digestion by boosting nutrient absorption and reducing the discharge of toxic gasses from the stomach. To prevent indigestion, dry the seeds, powder them, combine them with lukewarm water, and swallow.
- For Diabetes
Jackfruit seed powder or flour can be used in a variety of recipes, oatmeal, etc. since it lowers the glycaemic index and is beneficial for diabetic sufferers. The boiled seeds are even edible as-is as a nutritious snack.
- For wrinkles
Are you looking for approaches to prevent wrinkles without exposing your skin to damaging chemicals? Try jackfruit seeds instead of looking elsewhere. All you need to do is place a jackfruit seed in some cold milk and let it soak for a while. Remove it, then thoroughly ground it. Regularly apply this paste to the affected region to decrease wrinkles.
Ayurvedic Aspects of Jackfruit
It is known that the jack fruit’s therapeutic qualities change depending on the stage of growth. The ripened fruit is known to increase vata and pitta whereas the raw fruit is known to increase Kapha and vata. The fruit cools the body down and is sticky and difficult to digest. Additionally, it has a wealth of phytonutrients, antioxidants, flavonoids, and fatty acids, all of which are crucial for warding off cancer cells. Its abundant dietary fibers also remove all the toxins from the colon, lowering the risk of colon cancer. As a high source of potassium, jackfruit is also recognized for helping to maintain normal blood pressure levels and lowering the risk of hypertension, stroke, and other cardiovascular issues.
The anti-inflammatory characteristics of a jackfruit leaf decoction are used by Ayurveda to treat fevers, non-healing wounds, and skin conditions.
Daily Dose: one cup of sliced jackfruit has 22.6 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C.
Men should consume 90 mg of vitamin C daily, while women should ingest 75 mg. One serving of jackfruit will put you more than 20% of the way there.
Side Effects of Jackfruit - Latex allergy
Consumption of jackfruit and latex allergy have both been associated with negative outcomes. If you are allergic to latex, avoid consumption. An allergic reaction to latex may result in hives, itchy skin, or even anaphylaxis, a potentially fatal condition that can induce throat swelling and extremely trouble breathing.
- International Journal of Food Science: “Nutritional and Health Benefits of Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus Lam.)
Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist