Jamun is a summer favourite for many people, but its benefits for diabetics especially cannot be undermined. This black plum with a tangy taste comes from Myrtaceae, which is an evergreen tropical tree native to India, Indonesia and Bangladesh. For the unversed, it is best known for its ability to manage blood sugar levels. And jamun seeds are as beneficial as they have several health benefits apart from being a powerhouse for diabetes management, leading to increase in insulin production.
“The seeds of jamun contain chemical compounds called jamboline and jambosine that decrease the rate at which sugar is released into the bloodstream. Jamun seeds also increase the production of insulin thereby making it excellent for diabetics,” celebrity nutritionist Shweta Shah told HealthShots.
Apart from helping in diabetes, they are rich in fiber that helps improve the smooth bowel movement. “Jamun seeds can also be used to treat sores, inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract. For people dealing with hypertension, jamun seeds are a boon as they regulate blood pressure. With a number of antioxidants, they are also potent in improving immunity,” Shah adds.
To incorporate in the daily diet of a diabetes patient, jamun seeds can be dried and powdered for consumption with warm plant-based milk or water. The jamun powder drink can be consumed before meals or as a mid-meal for managing blood sugar levels. Although, consulting a doctor before adding anything to the diet is a must.
So, if you parents are working towards diabetes management, this can be their go-to drink.
Meanwhile, Ayurveda doctor Dr Dixa Bhavsar Savaliya, in her recent Instagram post, shares how jamun is one of the best summer fruits. Jamun, jambolan, black plum, java plum and jambul all are common names of jamun and it is a humble fruit with minimum calories.
“It is nectar for people with IBS, diarrhoea, menorrhagia (excess bleeding), leucorrhoea (white discharge), nausea and vomiting issues,” she captioned her post.