A quintessential summer-monsoon berry, jamun, is a nutritious seasonal fruit rich in vitamin and minerals. This beautiful purple skinned berry with a contrasting pink flesh is rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and flavonoids. All parts of the jamun plant including the fruit, seeds, leaves and bark have medicinal properties, which is why it is used extensively in traditional medicines. As compared to other fruits, it has lesser calories making it the perfect choice of ingredient to be added in a healthy diet. Earlier we shared with you some beauty benefits of jamun and different ways to incorporate it in your skincare routine, here are some reasons to add more jamun this monsoon in your daily diet.
1. Jamun is the best fruit recommended for diabetic patients. It helps maintain blood sugar level the low-glycemic index of the berry maintains optimum blood sugar. Whole of the plant is known to be beneficial for the treatment of diabetes. One spoon of dried jamun seed powder every day is supposed to help diabetic patients keep the sugar level in control.
2. An iron powerhouse, jamun helps in increasing the haemoglobin count, a boon for people with anemia and women with menstrual problems. You can have it as a fruit or get creative and make jamun jam, jamun tarts or a sauce.
3. Drinking jamun juice improves digestion, it is known to relieve stomach pain, chronic diarrhea and detoxifies the body. You can make a huge glass of fresh jamun juice or make a smoothie using a handful of other ingredients as well.
4. Not just the fruit, but also jamun vinegar is used to treat enlarged spleen and also to reduce issues with urine retention. You can have it with half a glass of water on an empty stomach or include it in your favourite vinaigrette.
5. Similarly, jamun juice, when mixed with honey and amla (Indian gooseberry) and consumed daily, is an excellent immunity booster. Consumption of jamun also minimises the risk of cancer, as the fruit contains bioactive phytochemicals known to fight cancer cells.
6. Bad breath can often turn into an embarrassing problem, jamun is also good for oral health. You can use the juice of this fruit as a mouthwash to eliminate bad breath.
With inputs from Naavnidhi K Wadhwa, Coach for Psychology of Eating, Wellness and Healing Expert and Dr. Apratim Goel, laser surgeon and cosmetic dermatologist, Cutis Skin Studio.
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