The Jackfruit belongs to the Mulberry family that is native to parts of Southern and Southeast Asia. It can also be found in East African and Brazil. The fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world.
The Jackfruit has an abundance of vitamin C which helps to protect against viral and bacterial infection. It helps in strengthening the immune system as it supports white blood cell function. Vitamin C is widely known for its ability to prevent colds and flu.
Being rich in phytonutrients like Lignans, Isoflavones, and Saponins that are all known for their anti-cancer and anti-aging properties, the Jackfruit helps in destroying cancer-causing free radicals and slows down the degeneration of cells that lead to degenerative diseases. These phytonutrients protect the skin and help to keep it supple and smooth.
The potassium in the Jackfruit is found to help in lowering blood pressure and reverses the effects of sodium that causes a rise in blood pressure that affects the heart and blood vessels. This helps in preventing heart disease and strokes. Potassium also helps in preventing bone loss and improves muscle and nerve function. Another heart friendly property found in the Jackfruit is due to vitamin B6 that helps reduce homocysteine levels in the blood thus lowering the risk of heart disease.
The high fiber content of jackfruit prevents constipation as it bulks up food consumed which then passes more easily through the gut. The fiber also offers protection against colon mucous membrane by mopping up carcinogenic chemicals in the large intestine and preventing colon cancer. The anti-ulcer properties help cure ulcers and other digestive disorders. Certain extracts from the root of the Jackfruit plant are said to help cure diarrhea and found to be beneficial for those suffering from asthma.
With a small amount of Vitamin A available, it helps maintain good vision and smooth skin. Vitamin A is instrumental in preventing age-related macular degeneration and night blindness.
The Jackfruit contains iron that helps prevent anemia and aids in proper circulation, magnesium that is important in the absorption of calcium. Calcium is important in the development of strong teeth and bones and helps prevent bone related disorders like osteoporosis.
It has copper that helps maintain a healthy thyroid and plays an important part in hormone production and absorption. The calcium contained in the fruit also helps in the clotting of blood.
With a large number of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose, it boosts energy and as it contains no fat or cholesterol, it is perfect as a diet food.
This exotic fruit is a great fruit and can be served raw or cooked but, either way, it has many health benefits.
Amna Sheikh is a medical doctor with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), Bachelors in Economics and Statistics. She is also a medical writer working as a freelancer for 10+ years and she is specialized in medical, health, and pharmaceutical writing, regulatory writing & clinical research. All her work is supported by a strong academic and professional experience.