A fruit, widely consumed all around the world, Black plum also known as jamun, jambul etc in different parts of India has been lowkey and highly underrated.
Let us know a few facts about why you should start prioritising it in your shopping list and how it can help you!
Apart from painting our tongues into a colourful blend of bluish violet, can it also lead us to healthy benefits? The answer is a big YES!
Syzygium cumini is a tropical flowering plant native to the Indian Subcontinent and is usually consumed during summer months.
These berries are green in the first stage, change their colour to reddish pink in the next and ultimately turn black which is when you know they are edible.
It is rich in protein and fibre and contains almost no cholesterol. Jamun is full of vitamins and minerals particularly, vitamin A, vitamin C, Magnesium and Potassium.
It helps in keeping our skin fresh and acne free. It has Vitamin A which is good for eyes. It also helps in curing digestive disorders and is good for stomach.
Jamun is highly beneficial for Diabetics as it reduces the blood sugar level and keeps the sugar level in check if taken on a daily basis.
Jamun pulp and skin hold significant therapeutic effectuates due to the presence of anthocyanins and other phytochemicals.
These posessess several health benifits being antidiabetic, antioxidant, hepatoprotective, antibacterial and anti-cancerous, according to a study appeared in Indian Journal of Natural Products and Resources.
It also helps in treating heart disorders as it contains various minerals and antioxidants and can prevent strokes by maintaining a balanced blood pressure and preventing stress.
It is recommended to cancer patients since it contains bioactive phytochemicals like polyphenol which fight the cancer causing cells.
It is also recommended for Pregnant women as it causes a lot of health benefits like strengthening of bones, preventing infections, checking Anaemia etc.
However, it should not be taken by patients who are about to undergo surgery. Jamun should not be eaten on empty stomach.
Sivangi Dash studies B.A. History, Honors at Ramjas College, University of Delhi.