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16 Amazing Health Benefits Of Jackfruit (Kathal)

Jackfruit which is also known as Jack or jak is a fruit belonging to the tree of the same name. It is a species of the tree in mulberry or Fig family. Botanically speaking jackfruit is a fruit but it is consumed both as a fruit and as a vegetable. Jackfruit is believed to be originated in southwestern rain forests of India and is mainly grown in present day Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka etc. It is also known as the national fruit of Bangladesh.It is not only delicious but is also a good source of  a number of vitamins,minerals,antioxidants,dietary fibers, phytonutrients etc. and presence of these compounds make them  very beneficial for our health. In this article, we will know about the major health benefits of jackfruit but first, let’s take a look at below mentioned nutrition chart of jackfruit.

 

Nutrition Chart Of Jackfruit ( Kathal)

Nutrition Chart Of Jackfruit ( Kathal)
Source- USDA

Health Benefits Of Jackfruit ( Kathal)

 

Health Benefits of Jackfruit ( Kathal)
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(1) Boost Immune System

Jackfruit is a good source of antioxidants like Vitamin C and presence of these antioxidants make them very beneficial for boosting the immune system of our body. This is because these antioxidants prevent our body (including immune system) from free radical damage. Free radicals are nothing but the unstabilized ions that get formed in our body during the oxidation process. As these are unstabilized ions so they steal electrons from the molecules of the body cells and hence cause oxidative damage in them.

The antioxidants present in jackfruit stabilizes these free radicals and hence prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our body cells. Our immune system plays an important role in keeping us healthy as it prevents  disease-causing foreign pathogen like bacteria and virus from entering our body and it is the immune system that fights with the disease causing bacteria and virus whenever we get sick.

By making our immune system stronger, jackfruit also reduces our risk of getting infected by common problems like a cough, cold, and flu as it increases our immunity towards microbes responsible for these diseases.

 

(2) Provides Instant Energy

If you are looking for a vegetable that will help you in getting instant energy then your search end at jackfruit. Being a rich source of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose, consuming jackfruit provides instant energy.

It is loaded with carbohydrates and calories and eating 100 grams of jackfruit provides around 95 calories of energy. What makes jackfruit even more safe and healthier is the absence of cholesterol in it.

 

(3) Reduces The Risk Of Various Types Of Cancers

Jackfruit is a good source of a number of antioxidants, phytonutrients and flavonoids etc. and presence of these compounds make them very beneficial for reducing the risk of development of various types of cancers like colon cancer, lung cancer, oral cavity cancer etc.

This is because the antioxidants like vitamin C and other relevant compounds present in jackfruit fights with the free radicals of our body stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells. Free radicals are unstabilized ions that get formed during the oxidation process in our body. Being unstabilized ions they steals electrons from the molecules of our body and while doing so it damages the DNA of our cells and increases the risk of development of various types of cancer.

 

(4) Regulates High Blood Pressure

Regular and moderate consumption of jackfruit is very beneficial for providing relief from high blood pressure or hypertension because of the presence of potassium in it. Potassium is a vital nutrient that plays many important roles in keeping us healthy and one such role is its ability to regulate blood pressure. Potassium is a vasodilator which means it relaxes our blood vessels, reduces pressure and allows blood to flow through our  blood vessels smoothly.

In addition to this, it also helps in maintaining sodium level in our body, excess of which can give rise to hypertension or high blood pressure. As high blood pressure is also known for increasing the risk of various cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart strokes, irregular heartbeat , weak pulse etc. so by keeping high blood pressure under control, jackfruit also reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems.

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(5) Improves digestion And Provides Relief From Constipation

Jackfruit is very good for stomach and helps in keeping our digestive system healthy. This is because of the presence of dietary fibers in it. These dietary fibers play an important role in keeping our digestive system healthy as they regulate bowel movement, ensures proper elimination of waste out of the body and thus provides relief from constipation.

 

(6) Reduces Risk Of Colon Cancer

Eating jackfruit on a regular basis is very beneficial for reducing the risk of colon cancer because of the presence of high dietary fats in it. These dietary fats play an important role in cleansing toxins from our colon,  reduces the toxic effects from our colon and thus forms a protective layer against colon cancer.

In addition to this, the antioxidants present in jackfruit also plays an important role in reducing the risk of  various types of cancers as it fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing damage to DNA of our cells ( which otherwise increases the risk of cancer )

 

(7) Improves Eyesight

Jackfruit is a good source of Vitamin A which is vital nutrient required for keeping our eyes healthy. Deficiency of Vitamin A can make our eyesight weak and also increase the risk of cataract, night blindness, macular degeneration etc. Being a good source of vitamin A, jackfruit helps in keeping our eyes healthy as it improves our vision and also reduces the risk of cataract and night blindness etc.

In addition to this, the antioxidants like Vitamin C present in jackfruit fights with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our eyes  and thus reduces the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

 

(8) Provide Relief From Asthma

If you are suffering from respiratory diseases like asthma then it will be a good idea to add jackfruit to your diet as they are very beneficial for providing relief from asthma.

 

(9) Make Our Bones Stronger

Regular and moderate consumption of jackfruit is very beneficial for making our bones stronger and for reducing the risk of development of osteoporosis. This benefit of jackfruit is mainly due to the presence of calcium in it.

In addition to this, potassium present in jackfruit also plays an important role in making our bones stronger as it decreases the loss of calcium through kidneys and thus increases our bone density.  Apart from the calcium and potassium, jackfruit is also a good source of magnesium which is a vital nutrient that increases our bone density and makes our bones stronger.

 

(10) Cures Anemia

Eating jackfruit on a regular basis is very beneficial for providing relief from anemia because of the presence of nutrients like  Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Niacin, Vitamin B6,Folate, Pantothenic acid, Copper,Manganese and Magnesium etc. present in it. These compounds play an important role in the blood formation and also increases our body’s capacity to absorb iron and thus helps in curing anemia.

 

(11) Regulates blood sugar levels

Manganese is a vital nutrient that plays many important roles in our body and such role is its ability to  control blood sugar level. Deficiency of this vital nutrient can increase the blood sugar level in our body. Jackfruit is a good source of manganese and for this reason, it is advisable to eat jackfruit for controlling manganese deficiency and for regulating high blood sugar level.

In addition to this, the dietary fiber present in jackfruit also plays an important role in regulating blood sugar level as it slows down the rate at which sugar is absorbed into the blood and thus prevents sudden spikes in blood glucose level.

 

(12) Improves Thyroid Health

Jackfruit is a good source of copper which is a vital nutrient that plays an important role in keeping our thyroid system healthy. It plays an important role in production and absorption of hormones.

 

(13) Keep Our Cardiovascular System Healthy

Regular and moderate consumption of jackfruit is very good for our heart and helps in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy because of the presence of Vitamin B6 in it. Vitamin B6 present in jackfruit helps in reducing homocysteine levels in our blood and thus keep our heart healthy.

In addition to this, jackfruit is a good source of dietary fiber that absorbs cholesterol from our blood vessels and thus reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, atherosclerosis etc. Potassium present in jackfruit also plays an important role in keeping our cardiovascular system healthy as it reduces blood pressure which is a major cause of the various cardiovascular problems. There is no cholesterol in jackfruit, which is an added advantage for our heart.

 

(14) Cures Ulcers

Jackfruit is anti-ulcerative in nature which means eating jackfruit on a regular basis is very beneficial for curing stomach ulcer and provides relief from other digestive problems.

 

(15) Provides Relief From Sleeping Disorders

Being a good source of magnesium and iron, jackfruit is very beneficial for curing sleep disorders. If you are suffering from Insomnia then it is the right time to include jackfruit to your diet. Consuming jackfruit on a regular basis will assist in improving the overall quality of sleep and will also prevent anemia which is a major cause of insomnia.

 

(16) Keep Fatigue And Weakness At Bay

Eating jackfruit on a regular basis is very beneficial for providing relief from fatigue,stress and muscle weakness etc. because of the presence of vital nutrients like thiamine and Niacin in it. In addition to this, jackfruit is also a good source of energy which helps in keeping fatigue and weakness away.

 

Reference(s)

http://www.healthbeckon.com/jackfruit-fruit-benefits/

http://www.lifehack.org/317644/10-surprising-health-benefits-jackfruit-you-need-know

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackfruit

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/jackfruit.html

 

Disclaimer

The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as a medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, but I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.

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About Bharat Sharma

Bharat Sharma is a simple guy who lives in Delhi,India and loves writing about the health and beauty benefits of the common food item we see in our kitchen and refrigerator.

Comments (15)

  • I’ll have to look out for this fruit, I haven’t seen it here in the UK but am very interested that it lowers blood pressure levels. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Enjoy the journey!

    • Hi,

      Thanks for your visit and comment.

      Maybe it is known by some other name in your country. I hope you will be even to enjoy this fruit soon.

  • Your website is looking really good these days! Never heard of this fruit before. What does it taste like? Looks like a kiwi fruit too… ? I enjoy reading about different foods.. thank you for sharing

  • Hi Bharat,

    I have seen this fruit in a gourmet food store. I never knew what it was, nor the wonderful benefits of it. Now when I go back I can purchase one. I am very interested in healing my bones these days. As I get older, I do want to keep my bones healthy. The doctors here are always trying to give us some kind of toxic medicine once a woman reaches a certain age. This is awesome and thanks for introducing me to it.

    -Donna

  • Hi Bharat

    This is interesting and I do wonder why I haven’t seen thi s fruit in my country. I will definetely be on the llok out for it. Thanks for sharing. Take Care

  • Hi Bharat Sharma, wonderful explanation on jack fruit. I like this fruit so much but this yummmy fruit with lovely taste gives these many health benefits sounds too good. In karnataka maximum people have jack fruit trees in backyard and we eat this fruit every now and then in season..Thanks for sharing

  • All I can say is “I didn’t know Jack” about the fruit apart from the outside being smelly when ripe. Is that correct?

    It certainly has plenty of health benefits.

  • Thank you sharing in depth information about Jack fruit. A lot of great benefit. It is very popular in the Chinese community here in Canada. After reading the info you have provided I will add it into my grocery list.

    • Hi,

      Thank you for your visit and comment. Good to know that you enjoyed reading about jackfruit and have decided to add it to your grocery list.

  • Hi Bharat

    Thanks for sharing so many benefits of Jackfuit. Personally I don’t like it!

  • Hi Bharat,
    this jackfruit is really something amazing .
    I just did read about the tree and the size ti can have and the fruit as well.
    Right now it is used as a meat replacement by many vegans.
    Thank you for telling us all the benefits this fruit has.
    Erika

    • Hi Erika,

      Thank you for your visit and comment, and good to know that you enjoyed reading about jackfruit. I had no idea that it is used as a meat replacement.

  • Hi Bharat,
    I have eaten jackfruit many times, and I liked it by its taste only but I was not knowing that how beneficial it is for health.
    Thanks for sharing. And keep up the good work.

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