Jackfruit is one of the largest fruits in the world that grows on the tree. Not many of us know, but it can grow up to 100 lbs. That’s one really big fruit. The look of these fruits is very interesting, they are covered in a bumpy, hard green skin, with a pale-colored flesh on the inside. It has gained its popularity as a replacement for meat for vegans. It is healthy and rich in vitamins and it’s the national fruit of Bangladesh!
- Jackfruit is super high in potassium, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and magnesium. It’s also got a decent amount of calcium, vitamin A, iron, and even a little bit of protein. One cup of jackfruit offers 25 percent of your daily B6, and as some of you know, B complex vitamins are hard to come by in a vegan diet.
According to the National Cancer Institute, over 1.17 million people had colorectal cancer in the United States in 2013. A complicated type of cancer, it is difficult to treat and can develop many other types of complications.
There is a natural way to fight and improve colon cancer. Jackfruit, something of a delicacy fruit, grows widely in the tropical parts of the world. in South East Asia it is also used for making recipes.
But it is also a powerful anti-cancer food. In this article you will learn how it can prevent and fight this type of cancer.
1. Colon Cancer Prevention
The health benefits of jackfruit are due to its powerful compounds: isoflavones, phytonutrients, lignans and saponins. Yes, and the experts say that all these nutrients have very powerful anti-cancer benefits. These nutrients in jackfruit can help prevent the harmful free radicals that have been known to develop cancer and many other chronic diseases.
The phytonutrients in Jackfruit are effective in preventing and treating stomach ulcers which could be benign but ultimately turn malignant. Jackfruits improve the condition. Plant and vegetarian food are a rich source of phytonutrients that fight cancer.
Phytonutrients can be sourced only from plant-based foods and they provide lots of benefits. There are studies conducted in order to learn how those 3 phytonutrients help in preventing and fighting cancer.
According to a study that was published in the Journal of Nutrition in 1995, it was discovered that saponins have anti-cancer properties, and can prevent colon cancer. Also, another study showed that these phytonutrients have been found to induce mitotic arrest in the case of leukemia cells. It can also help in some cases to cause remission. Another thing you should know is that saponins were found to react to the outer layers of cancer cells, where they bound the cells and prevent their further growth.
4. Lignans & Isoflavones
Both these nutrients are phytoestrogens. These phytonutrients bind to the receptors the estrogens do.
According to studies, these nutrients help in reducing the risk of endometrial cancer. One such study was published by the National Cancer Institute in its journal in 2006.
This study covered 500 women who were chosen on a random basis. The group that took the highest levels of isoflavones and lignans from jackfruit and other fruits were found to reduce their cancer rates compared to the control group.
5. Protection of Cellular DNA
Jackfruit contains antioxidants which help in protecting the cellular DNA against direct damage from free oxygen radicals. Moreover, it assists in preventing induced mutations. It is also rich in fiber and has a unique form working together to clean the colon, removing toxins from the digestive tract and reducing the risks of colon cancer.
6. Jackfruit strengthens the immune system
As we mentioned before, this super healthy fruit is packed with not just vitamin C, but also simple sugars which are considered to help strengthen your immunity. A recent study, conducted on mice, involving the analysis of the immune-boosting properties of the sugars present in jackfruit pulp, the researchers found that jackfruit has polysaccharides that helped in improving phagocytic cell function. These are cells in the immune system.
7. The anti-cancer properties of jackfruit don’t just stop there
This fruit can also work as a great colon cleanser because of the high containment in fiber and its unique sticky form. It will help your body to remove the toxins from your digestive tract, and in the meantime reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Nutritional Value of Jackfruit
Yes, and as we mentioned before – if you want to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer (significantly) and improve your digestive system, you should start adding this fruit to your diet.
There are many more reasons why you should eat more jackfruit:
– Jackfruit contains low amounts of saturated fats, sodium, and cholesterol;
– 1 cup of jackfruit has 155 calories and 4 of them are from fat;
– 1 cup of it will supply you with more than 11% of the daily fiber allowance;
– The simple sugars are amazing for your health;
– It contains magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc, iron, calcium, phosphorus, copper, and selenium;
– It is loaded with vitamin C, A, niacin, riboflavin, folate and thiamine;
– The fruit has been used in Chinese medicine for eliminating the effects of alcohol.