Jackfruit is the national fruit of Bangladesh and is the biggest fruit that grows on a tree in the world. Some specimen of this fruit can weigh up to 100 pounds. The skin of the fruit is thick, hard, and green, and the flesh inside is colored, versatile, and full of nutrients.
This fruit is extremely popular among vegans, and it offers numerous health benefits as it is abundant in important nutrients.
It is rich in magnesium, vitamin C, A, B6, calcium, fiber, protein, potassium, and iron. Only a cup of this fruit will provide 25% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin B6, which is again a great advantage if you are a vegan, as your diet lacks this vitamin, and 11% of the daily recommended allowance of fiber which will boost digestion.
A cup of jackfruit has 155 calories and only grams of fat. It is also low in cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fats. On the other hand, the fruit is also a rich source of essential minerals, and folate, thiamine, niacin, and riboflavin. The simple sugars it contains will enhance the overall health.
According to the National Cancer Institute, over 1.17 million people in the USA develop colorectal cancer annually. Yet, studies have shown that this amazing fruit can successfully treat this severe disease and boost your immune system.
Due to the phytonutrients, lignans, saponins, and isoflavones, this fruit has potent anti-cancer properties, effectively fight free radicals and prevent various disease, including cancer.
Phytonutrients are fund in plant-based foods only and inhibit the growth and development of cancer cells. Jackfruit is abundant in them, so it effectively fights various conditions, like stomach ulcers.
Lignans and isoflavones
Both of them bind to receptors in the same way as estrogens, and studies have shown that they lower the endometrial cancer risk. A 2006 study which involved 500 women found that jackfruit can dramatically lower the risk of several types of cancer as a result of the phytonutrient content.
Saponins are potent anti-cancer agents that are especially effective in the treatment of colon cancer. Studies have shown that they induce mycotic arrest in leukemia cells, which causes a remission in some cases. They bind to the outer layer of cancer cells and inhibit their growth.
Protection of cellular DNA
Jackfruit is rich in antioxidants which efficiently prevent free radical and oxidative damage. This fruit is also high in fiber which lowers the colon cancer risk, cleanses the colon, and eliminates toxins from the digestive tract.
Boosts the immune system
This amazing fruit is also rich in vitamin C and simple sugars that boost the immune system. An animal study has shown that the polysaccharides in jackfruit enhance the function of phagocytic cells and strengthen the immune system.