Jackfruit is a fruit that grows in hot climates and is the national fruit of Bangladesh. Jackfruit has a hard shell, pale flesh and is very rich in nutrients. Vegans are particularly fond of this fruit because of its high vitamin content.
Health benefits of jackfruit
The jackfruit is rich in various nutrients such as vitamins A, B6, C as well as fiber, protein, iron and magnesium. It contains many compounds which have the ability to help in the treatment of colorectal cancer. This disease is very hard to treat but with the help of jackfruit you can reduce the symptoms.
Preventing colon cancer with jackfruit
Experts claim that the substances in jackfruit can help in cases of colon cancer. These substances are called lignans, saponins and phytonutrients and they have the ability to prevent the damage of free radicals which are the main cause of development of cancer.
These compounds are particularly beneficial for reducing the risk of endometrial cancer. Studies have even shown that the fruit can reduce the overall risk of any type of cancer.
Saponins can prevent, slow down and even totally stop cancer from spreading in the body. This compound can prevent the growth of cancer cells by binding with them and destroying them.
Scientists are still studying the properties of this substance when it comes to its ability to treat cancer. However, it has already been discovered that phytonutrients provide numerous health benefits including the ability to prevent the stages of the formation of cancer cells.
Stronger immune system
Since jackfruit is rich in many beneficial nutrients it is also very excellent for giving your immune system a boost. Sugar is another compound in jackfruit that improves the immunity, particularly polysaccharides which are carbohydrates that improve the function of the phagocytic cells.
Jackfruit can also protect the cellular DNA from damage caused by free radicals because it is rich in antioxidants. Besides, it can also prevent further mutations.
Other facts about jackfruit:
- It is rich in vitamins A, C, folate, niacin, riboflavin and thiamine.
- It contains iron, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium, copper, zinc, calcium and potassium.
- It eliminates the effects of alcohol consumption.
- 1 cup of this fruit contains only 150 calories.
- 1 cup of jackfruit provides 11% of the recommended daily intake of fiber.
- It contains low levels of fat, cholesterol and sodium.