You may not know this but there is a pretty large fruit that grows on a tree. It’s called jackfruit and its specimens weigh up to 100 pounds! Jackfruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh. This interesting fruit is covered in thick and hard green skin with pale colored flesh inside. Its texture, versatility and nutrient content make it very popular among vegans.
It possesses an abundance of nutrients such as fiber, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, vitamin A, B6, C as well as protein. Only one cup of jackfruit will provide you with 25% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B6 and makes it excellent for vegans because the vegan diet doesn’t offer this vitamin in abundance.
Colorectal cancer is a difficult disease and is very hard to treat. The National Cancer Institute claims that it affects more than 1.17 million people in the USA annually. Jackfruit is one of the best natural options that can help you treat this type of cancer successfully and strengthen your organism, too!
Colon cancer prevention
Phytonutrients, isoflavones, lignans and saponins are only some of the most beneficial components that jackfruit possesses. They have powerful anti-cancer properties. These nutrients will help you fight free radicals in the body and have the ability to prevent cancer and other diseases.
Phytonutrients prevent the developmental stage of cancer cells and they can only be found in plant-based foods. Jackfruit contains enough quantities of them and they can surely help your body fight conditions such as stomach ulcers.
Saponins are very powerful anti-cancer agents and are particularly useful in fighting colon cancer. A study claims that saponins induce mycotic arrest in leukemia cells, which leads to remission in some cases. These phytonutrients bind to the outer layer of cancer cells and prevent their growth.
Lignans and isoflavones
Both of the phytonutrients bind to receptors in the same way estrogens do. Studies claim that they reduce the risk of endometrial cancer significantly. One study from 2006 which included 500 women showed that jackfruit can considerably reduce the risk of several types of cancer because of the presence of these phytonutrients.
Protection of cellular DNA
The antioxidants found in this fruit will prevent the action of free radicals and protect your body from oxidative damage. Jackfruit is also rich in fiber which cleans the colon, removes toxins from the digestive tract and reduces the risk of colon cancer.
Strengthens the immune system
Vitamin C and simple sugars that will reinforce your immune system are also a part of this magical fruit. An animal study found that the polysaccharides in jackfruit can improve phagocytic cell function and the function of the immune system.
Here are the main reasons why you should add jackfruit to your diet:
- Only one cup of this fruit contains 155 calories and only 4 grams of fat. The fruit is also low on saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium.
- Jackfruit is rich in vitamin A, but also niacin, riboflavin, thiamine and folate. Jackfruit is also rich in essential minerals.
- The simple sugars in jackfruit can improve your complete health. One cup of the magical jackfruit contains 11% of the daily recommended allowance of fiber which we know is very beneficial for our digestive system and will surely improve it!