Jamun is a small dark purple fruit that can colour your tongue purple! The Jamun tree grows in tropical regions such as Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa. The Jamun tree belongs to the flowering plant family, Myrtaceae. In India, Jamun tree grows in Gangetic plains and the Cauvery belt in Tamil Nadu. The fruits which ripen in June or July are 70 % edible and contain glucose and fructose as main sugars. The Jamun fruit is used to treat digestive disorders. It also treats thirst, diarrhoea and heals wounds. However, Jamun is most effective in the treatment of diabetes. Read on to know more about this nutritious seasonal fruit’s benefits in treating diabetes.
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Jamun Benefits For Diabetes
The seeds of Jamun are popular for their anti-diabetic potency. This is due to the presence of Jamboline (a chemical) in the seeds. The bark, leaves, and seeds extracts are said to have a sustained effect in decreasing blood sugar and sugar in urine.
The polyphenolic compounds present in Jamun help in the prevention of chronic disease like diabetes.
Have Hypoglycemic Effects
Jamun has hypoglycemic effects with about 30 percent reduction in blood sugar as per some studies. The alkaloids contained in seeds have hypoglycemic effects.
The seeds of Jamun in powdered form are believed to manage blood sugar levels. As per a study published in ‘Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Biomedicine’, blood glucose levels were significantly reduced and insulin levels were also managed well in hyperglycaemic rats. The study concluded that Jamun seeds have a powerful prophylactic action against hyperglycemia.
Treats Type II Diabetes
The Jamun seeds powder acts as an adjuvant for type II diabetes whether insulin or non-insulin dependent. However, Jamun is most beneficial in the IFG (Impaired fasting glucose) stage. If this stage is regulated well, it prevents the onset of diabetes and related conditions.
Antioxidant Properties Good For Diabetes
Jamun is a very nutritious fruit and has antioxidant properties that make them a powerful food in treating chronic conditions like diabetes. Both Jamun seeds and pulp are rich sources of antioxidants.
Is it Safe To Consume Jamun
- It is absolutely safe to consume Jamun even during pregnancy. However, there might be a few side effects. Jamun is high in oxalates which cause kidney stones. So, avoid eating Jamun if you are prone to getting kidney stones.
- Avoid consuming Jamun on an empty stomach
- Never drink milk after consuming Jamun.
Ways To Use Jamun
- Jamun juice can be taken during your breakfast.
- Snack on Jamun fruits to keep hunger at bay.
- Make delicious pancakes for your kids by adding Jamun pulp to wheat flour.
How to Use Jamun Seeds For Treating Diabetes
- Remove the seeds from the flesh of the Jamun fruit and store them in a container
- Wash the seeds properly to make sure that any remaining flesh is also removed.
- Take a clean cloth and spread these washed seeds on it and keep it under the sun for drying
- After 3 or 4 days, peel the outer shell and get the green inner ingredient of the seeds.
- Break the inner core in half and keep them for a few more days in the sun.
- Powder these dried seeds in a grinder to get a coarse powder.
- Sieve the crushed seeds and perform the same procedure till most of the dried seed powder goes through the sieve.
- Store the Jamun powder in an airtight container and use it as per need
- You can consume a teaspoon of jamun powder in a glass of water first thing in the morning for effective results pertaining to diabetes.
- A dose of 1 gram of dried seeds powders three times a day is helpful in reducing high blood sugar as well as insulin dose.
- Shilpa Arora, Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner state that you can snack on Jamun for best results if suffering from diabetes. You can dry the seeds of Jamun and make a powder of it which should be consumed daily before meals to treat diabetes.