By Kejal Shah, Nutrivityindia
The monsoon is slowly breezing in and we are happy for the respite from the summer heat. This also heralds the arrival of the juicy Java Plum or Jamun as it is commonly known.
This rich purple colored berry is native to India and has a myriad of health benefits. Jamun is quite juicy with a tart and sweet taste depending on the ripeness and leaves a sharp astringent aftertaste in the mouth. They are a great source of proteins, vitamins, antioxidants, flavonoids, potassium, manganese, phosphorous and calcium. They are high in glucose and water content while being low on calories, making it the perfect snack.
Benefits of Jamun
- Keeps diabetes in check
Jamun has a low glycemic index (GI) and is great for diabetics. It converts starch in the body into energy keeping blood sugar levels low.
- Helps in digestion
The diuretic properties of this fruit keep the digestive system cool. It also contains fibre, which provides relief from constipation, diarrhea, etc. Jamun with roasted cumin seeds and black salt helps to treat acidity.
- Boosts immunity
It is an excellent source of Vitamin C and boosts the immune system. It prevents respiratory infections like common cough, cold, asthma, etc. The antioxidant properties help in healing wounds and strengthen teeth, bone and cartilage.
- Boosts haemoglobin production
Loaded with iron, jamun is highly beneficial for people suffering from anaemia. It purifies blood, increases red blood cells and haemoglobin count of blood. Jamuns keep you energized and help to recover from weakness and fatigue, and are highly recommended for menstruating women.
- Promotes heart health
The high potassium content keeps the arteries clear, prevents their hardening to maintain heart health, reduces symptoms of high blood pressure, controls hypertension and reduces the risk of a stroke.
- Good for the liver and kidney
The phytochemicals in jamun juice reduces the risk of liver disease. Its diuretic properties flush toxins out of the kidneys.
- Good for oral health
Jamun juice is a great natural mouthwash to get rid of bad breath. The pulp can help treat bleeding gums.
- Great for the skin
Jamun juice gives healthy, glowing skin. It detoxifies the blood and makes the skin glow from inside. The Vitamin C helps to get blemish-free radiant skin. Applying fresh jamun juice on your face after cleansing is a great toner. A mixture of jamun pulp, curd and rose water is a great face pack to get rid of pimples.
Jamuns can be enjoyed raw or used in salads, juices, smoothies, sorbets, pies and jam. Even the leaves and pulp can be consumed in powder, pulp or capsule form. Pregnant women and breast-feeding mothers must consult their doctor before consuming it.