What is Jambul?
A purple-black coloured fruit called “Black Plum” or “Jambul” or “Jamun”. Jambul is an evergreen plant which is find in both; wild as well as in cultivated form. Mostly it is found everywhere; forests, gardens, backyards, bonsai form and many more. It is a commonly known plant which is about 100 ft tall and 12 ft wide. It bears bottle-green coloured leaves which are 3-6 inches, long, broad, shiny and with smooth peel.
Health Benefits of Jambul or Jamun
- Enhance blood purification and cures anemia.
- It helps to improve digestion and acts as an initiator of liver and spleen process.
- Relives constipation, helps improve digestive power.
- Breaks renal stones.
- Helps in healing urinary diseases and diabetes.
- Prevents diarrhea & dysentery.
Diabetes: The jambul fruit is a specific medicine for diabetics due to its effect on the pancreas. Jambul seeds contain a glycoside, named jamboline which blocks the conversion of starch into sugar in cases of raised glucose levels. In the treatment of this disease, the seeds, fruits and fruit juice all are helpful. Jambul seeds have been found to raise the insulin secretion from the pancreas.
The seeds can be dried and powdered; this powder should be given 3 to 4 times a day by mixing with water to help to decrease sugar in the urine. Also, it relieves the unappeasable thirst. To treat diabetes, the inner bark of the jambul tree is also utilized. The dried bark is burnt and ash of it should be given to diabetic patient on empty stomach with water daily in the morning, afternoon and in the evening.
Diarrhea and Dysentery: By eating Jambul fruit, you can treat diarrhea and dysentery conditions very easily. The powder of the Jambul’s seed is an effective remedy for that. In these conditions, approximately five to ten grams of this powder should be consumed with butter-milk. A high concentration of tannic and gallic acid present in an infusion of the tender leaves is also an effective medicine for diarrhea and dysentery. For this purpose, a decoction of the bark is also useful if taken with honey.
Female sterility: The leaves of the jambul tree can also help with female sterility. For sterility and miscarriage because of endometrium or ovarian functional disorder, an effective remedy is an infusion of the fresh leaves of jambul fruit with butter-milk or honey. The leaves of the jambul stimulate the progrestrone hormone secretion and help in absorption of vitamin E.
Polyuria: Seeds of the jambul fruit are also helpful in case of excess urine production or polyuria. To treat polyuria, the powder of the seeds should be consumed in 1 gm dose in the morning and evening.
Piles: Jambul fruits help to treat piles and liver disorders. This well-known fruit is an effective food medicine for treating bleeding piles. During its season, the fruit should be consumed with salt every morning. Fresh jambul fruits are also an effective medicine for bleeding piles if taken together with honey.
Liver Disorders: The jambul fruits contain natural acids which play an essential role in the secretion of digestive enzymes and stimulate the functions of liver. By consuming Jambul regularly, the body’s overall digestion power is improved. The famous physician of the ancient India, Charaka used jambul in the treatment of enlargement of the liver.
Nutritional value of Jambul
The fruit possess rich content of Glucose, Fructose, Vitamins C & A, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, folic acid, sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc and iron.
The seed contains the glycoside, jamboline, gallic acid and essential oils.
The flower has traces of terpenoids.
Tannin, gallic acid, resin, phytosterols are highly present in its stem & bark.
The black plum has many vital nutrients. The nutrition values and nutritional properties of jamun are as follows: The jamun fruit is loaded with sugars like glucose and fructose along with lesser calories. The 100 grams of the fruit contain nutrients: calcium (15 mg), iron (1.41 mg), magnesium (35 mg), phosphorous (15 mg), sodium (26.2 mg), vitamin C (18 mg), thiamine (0.019 mg), riboflavin (0.009 mg), niacin (0.245 mg), vitamin B6 (0.038 mg), calories (62 k cal), carbohydrate (14 gm), carotene (48 ug), folic acid (3 mg), fiber (0.6 gm), fat (0.23 gm), protein (0.995 gm), water (84.75 gm).