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Health wonders of black berry

 

 

The Jamun is a purple coloured tropical berry with a uniquetaste, colour and flavour. It is acidic and astringent in nature, with a sweettaste. The jamun also popularly known as jambolan, kala jamun, jambas, rajaman,neredu, naval, nerale, java plum, jamali, black plum and black berry. Theanthocyanin a plant pigment present in the fruit renders purple colour to thetongue.

The fruit has loads of minerals, with glucose and fructosebeing the major sugars found in the ripe fruit. It offers lesser calories, incomparison to other fruits. The seed of the fruit is rich in proteincarbohydrates and calcium. The fruit is also a fair source of iron, folate andvitamin-B, carotene, potassium, magnesium, antioxidants and fibre.

Health benefits:

  1. Jamun is particularly used in treatment of diabetes.Extracts of the bark, leaves and seeds have been found to cause a markedprolonged decrease in blood sugar and glycouria. Studies have shown that jamunhas hypoglycaemic effects, wherein a 30percent reduction in blood sugar isreported. It has therefore been rightly named diabetic fighter, as recommendedby studies – Indian Journal of Pharmacology, Bhaba Atomic Research Centre andCentral Drug Research Institute. An effective remedy to control diabetes is tomix jamun seeds, bitter gourd (karela), Basil (tulsi) and Gurmar. This, whentaken regularly, controls diabetes in a better way.

  2. Unani and Ayurvedic system use it for treatment of digestivedisorders, including diarrohea.

  3. Studies have proven that Jamun could be protective in liverdisease, thereby playing a vital role in preventing liver damage.

  4. The Jamun fruit extract, due to the presence of bioactivephytochemicals including polyphenols has shown to have an anti-cancerpotential. The fruit consumption is also believed to have benefits duringchemotherapy and radiation.

  5. The polyphenolic compounds in the fruit have great healthbenefits including prevention of several chronic diseases like heart disease,cancer, ageing, diabetes and arthritis.

  6. The anti-bacterial property in the leaves of the jamun treemakes it an ideal medicine for strengthening of teeth and gums.

  7. The bark of the jamun tree is used for urinary disorders,de-worming, and to formulate herbal medicines by traditional healers.

  8. Extracts from the bark of the tree also has moderate levelof antibiotic activity, and high astringent properties.

  9. The bark and leaves of the tree are used in controlling highblood pressure.

  10. The powder of jamun is applied externally to stop bleeding

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