Not very well known to the majority, ‘Jackfruits’ not only are a delight to the tongue but also play a vital role in keeping an individual healthy.
Biologically, Jackfruits are also known as Artocarpus Heterophyllus. They grow in tropical and sub-tropical regions throughout the world. Jackfruits can either be used raw as vegetables or ripe as fruits. Jackfruits possess a versatile nature. It has high nutritional values.
Artocarpus Heterophyllus is used as various medicinal purposes. To bring this versatility from an optional choice to make it a habit, Delhi-based naturopathy and wellness clinic Swami Parmanand Prakritik Chikitsalaya (SPPC) has started prescribing raw jackfruit-based food for its well-known customers.
Jackfruits are one of a kind tropical fruit which come in unique shapes and sizes. These edible fruits are rich in energy, dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins. They possess the pride of being the fruit tree having properties such as anti-asthmatic and anti-cancer. Also, they are fat free and cholesterol free.
The seeds of Jackfruits are very vital in its very own way. Jackfruit seeds are encased inside a thin, transparent outer cover. It is rich in digestible starch, protein and minerals. These seeds are majorly used in South India to cook various recipes. They are either eaten by roasting as a snack or added to curries in place of lentils. Spreading awareness on the benefits of raw jackfruit could create demand for the health-product.
It will sound quite surprising when I say that 100gms of edible jackfruit blubs provide 95 calories. Are you astonished? Yes, this is a fact. The fruit of soft, easily digestible flesh is made up of simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly. Artocarpus Heterophyllus is very rich in Vitamins. The fresh fruit has significant amount of Vitamin-A. Vitamin A is good for skin. It also contains flavored pigments such as Carotene-Beta, Xanthin, Lutein and Crypotaxanthin Beta. Together, these compounds play vital roles in antioxidant and vision functions. Vitamin-A and Carotenes protect the body from lung and oral cavity cancers. It is a good source of antioxidant Vitamin-C.
Vitamin-C develops resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful free radicals. It is one of the rare fruits that is rich in a Beta-Complex group of vitamins. Jackfruits are a good source of potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron. This potassium content is a vital component of cell and body fluids which helps to control heart rate and blood pressure.
The above article is written by Dr. J.C. Thampi, CMO (SPPC)
Dr. J.C Thampi has a experience spanning over twenty years cultured in the field of Natural Health, Lifestyle Management & well being. He Graduated with a degree in Natural Therapeutics and Yoga from Mangalore University, Karnataka, and was an integral part of the family run Health care center in Kerala, a non-commercial traditional health care center established in 1928 by late Sri K.K. Kartha (his Grand Father).
Dr. Thampi has an expertise and experience gained through associations with some of the best institutions in the respective fields like Hyatt International (Hospitality); Jindal Institute (Natural Therapies and Yoga); Vivekananda Yoga University (Yoga Therapy).