Did you know the little jamun, sweet, sour and deeply purple, has profound connections to Hindu, Buddhist and Jain philosophies? Jambudvipa, or the island where the jambu tree grows, was considered the realm of humans. Ancient texts refer to it as a sort of middle earth – the centrepiece of the universe, made up of nine concentric circles.
The jamun is also believed to be the fruit of the gods as Lord Rama of Ayodhya is said to have consumed it during his exile in the forest.
The ancients certainly knew their fruits. Jamun is filled with nature’s goodness. Packed with nutrients and vitamins, the plum-like fruit is an excellent addition to your daily diet, either as a whole fruit or as jamun juice (with the latter you can have a lot more of its goodness)
Here are six reasons to add a deep shade of purple to your diet today:
- Keeps your sugar in check
One of the most quoted health benefits of Jamun is its ability to keep your sugar levels in check. An ingredient in the fruit called jamboline reportedly slows down the conversion of starch into sugar. Jamun is also said to improve insulin response. The fruit itself has a low glycemic index, making it an ideal addition to a diabetic diet.
- Boosts your immunity
Full of antioxidants, vitamin C and minerals like iron, potassium, magnesium and calcium, the jamun is a treat for your immune system and bones.
- Reduces the risk of cancer
The purple berry contains anthocyanin, the chemical that gives the fruit its deep colour, which reportedly has anti-carcinogenic properties. It is believed that the jamun induces apoptosis or ‘cell suicide’ of cancer cells.
- Keeps the heart healthy
Jamun is full of ingredients that are great for your heart. The berry has a high concentration of potassium – an element known for its benefits to the heart, including regulating the heartbeat, lowering cholesterol and improving blood pressure.
- Improves digestion
The fruit has a soothing effect on your digestive system and can help reduce acidity and indigestion. It is also used to treat digestive disorders and ulcers.
- Increases blood circulation
Jamun is a blood-purifying agent and increases haemoglobin counts, as it contains a significant amount of Vitamin C and Iron. It’s an excellent fruit for anaemics.
Is it any surprise then that the Jamun is considered a super berry?