Jackfruit: Various Health Benefits

A few months ago I made a post introducing you all to the jackfruit, a truly unique exotic fruit.  In this article, I’m going to devote the entire post to the health benefits that the jackfruit provides after doing some extensive research on the subject.  As an exotic fruit enthusiast, even I was surprised at the wide range of beneficial health benefits that this exotic fruit provides.  Let’s get started!  If you are interested in reading an introduction to the jackfruit first, see my earlier post here.

Though you may not always be able to get fresh jackfruit in your local supermarket, jackfruit is a very excellent fruit to look for at your local Asian market or farmers’ market due to the extensive and wide array of health benefits it provides.

Cancer fighting properties

One very important health benefit that the jackfruit provides is that it has been scientifically proven to help protect you against developing cancer.  This is because the jackfruit, like a few other exotic fruits, is very rich in phytonutrients, including isoflavones, saponins, and lignans.  These phytonutrients can help prevent cancer as well as having anti-aging properties.

Healthy digestion

Even more, the jackfruit helps fight a very common problem: digestion.  Various components of the jackfruit contain different properties which work together to aid in healthy digestion.  For example, research has shown that jackfruit helps with preventing ulcers.  Even more, jackfruit has very high fiber content – this helps in preventing constipation and helps with digestion as well.

Building a strong immune system

With dangerous pathogens all around us, having a good, health, and strong immune system is very important.  The jackfruit also helps with just that: it’s got an excellent source of vitamin C rivalling citrus fruits.  Vitamin C helps maintain a healthy and strong immune system by supporting white blood cells.

Other health benefits

Research on this exotic fruit has also shown that it is quite useful in helping with hypertension (high blood pressure) problems, helping with asthma, strengthening bones due to its great source of magnesium, as well as boosting energy.

All in all, the jackfruit presents a plethora of great health benefits.  And – don’t forget: it makes for a very tasty, low-calorie, and nutritious snack too!

Further reading

  1. The Exotic Jackfruit Growing the World’s Largest Fruit
  2. Top 100 Exotic Food Plants

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