Did you know that jackfruits can grow up to 100lbs? It is literally the largest fruit that grows on a tree.
Jackfruits have a bumpy, hard green skin, and pale flesh.
They have specific texture, versatility and vitamins, and some use them as a substitute for meat. Jackfruit is super nutritious, and it is the national fruit of Bangladesh.
Jackfruit is rich in potassium, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and magnesium. It is also a good source of calcium, vitamin A, iron and protein. One serving (cup) of jackfruit provided 25% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin B6. As you already know B vitamins are not that common in vegan diet. According to the National Cancer Institute, over 1.17 million people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the US in 2013.
It is a rather serious disease, and it is hard to treat. Experts say that this type of cancer may contribute to the occurrence of other complications. Do not panic, as scientists have found a natural way to fight colon cancer. Jackfruit is a tasty fruit that grows in places with tropical climate. In South East Asia it is a base ingredient in many recipes.
Jackfruit is a mighty anti-cancer food. In this article we will explain its ability to prevent and fight cancer.
- Colon cancer prevention
Jackfruit contains isoflavones, phytonutrients, lignans and saponins. These compounds are powerful anti-cancer agents. They fight free radicals, and thus prevent the mutation of normal cells and other chronic diseases.
Phytonutrients prevent the initial stage of the development of cancer cells. Jackfruit heals stomach ulcers. It is actually possible to get phytonutrients from plant-based foods. There are tens of thousands phytonutrients, and they all offer great benefits. Scientists give their best to learn how these phytonutrients prevent and treat cancer.
These have strong anticancer potential as well. According to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition 1995, saponins prevent colon cancer. Another study has shown that these can induce mitotic arrest in leukemia cells. This study also showed that saponins may cause remission. Saponins affect the outer layers of cancer cells, and prevent their growth.
- Lignans and isoflavones
These are phytoestrogens, and have shown to reduce the risk of developing endometrial cancer. According to a study published in the 2006 journal of the National Cancer Institute, jackfruit reduces cancer rates. This study involved 500 random women. Some of the women received high levels of isoflavones and lignans from jackfruit and other foods. They had lower chances of developing cancer than women in the control group.
- Protection of Cellular DNA
Antioxidants in jackfruit protect cellular DNA from free radical damage. This fruit also prevents induced mutations.
- Other anticancer properties
Jackfruit contains healthy fiber, and is super sticky. These two properties make this fruit an excellent colon cleanser. It eliminates toxic waste from the digestive tract, and reduces the risk of colon cancer.
- Stronger immunity
Jackfruit contains vitamin C and simple sugars that strengthen immunity. A study involving lab mice confirmed the immune-boosting properties of the sugars contained in jackfruit pulp. These polysaccharides improve the phagocytic cell function. In other words, they boost the function of your immune system.
Add jackfruit to your menu to reduce your risk of colorectal cancer and enhance your digestion.
Here are some more reasons to eat jackfruit more often:
- 1 cup of jackfruit has 155 calories. Believe it or not, only 4 calories are from fat
- Jackfruit is low in saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium
- It packs vitamin A, vitamin C, niacin, folate, thiamine, and riboflavin
- The sticky fruit contains potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, calcium, zinc, selenium, copper, and phosphorus
- Its simple sugars support overall health
- A cup of jackfruit provides about 11% of the recommended daily amount of fiber (you will never stop at a cup, because this fruit is super tasty)
- In Chinese medicine jackfruit is used to eliminate the effect of alcohol