- What Is Jackfruit?
- Jackfruit Taste
- Jackfruit Uses
- Jackfruit For Fertility
- Jackfruit in Pregnancy
- Jackfruit Seeds Benefits
- Jackfruit in Spanish
- Jackfruit Flour
- Jackfruit Flour For Diabetes
- Jackfruit For Weight Loss
- Jackfruit For Cancer
- Jackfruit For Kidney Patients
- Jackfruit In Nigeria
- Jackfruit For Cooking
- Jackfruit Side Effects
Hey! wondering what is jackfruit. Can I eat Jackfruit for fertility benefits, what are the health benefits of jackfruit, what uses, and what side effects?
Wow, lots of questions, but rest assured you will get detailed answers to the questions above as you go deeper into this post. You can as well navigate through the table of contents provided.
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What Is Jackfruit?
In Nigeria where I grew up, people call it sycamore fruit. No, the right name is Jackfruit and the botanical name is Artocarpus Heterophyllus. The plant family name of jackfruit is Moraceae.
Jackfruit is a delicious fruit with an Acrid, Sweet, and Astringent taste.
The tree, fruits, seed, bark, and leaf are very beneficial and have both medicinal and economic uses.
Dietary uses: a source of food
Economic uses: Source of durable timber
The tree log
The tree log is an economic source of durable timber for furniture.
The tree can serve as a decorative plant that provides shade for resting with sufficient oxygen.
Therapeutic uses: source of medicinal herbs
The bark, roots, leaves, and fruit have different medicinal properties and are used in several traditional medicines to treat many ailments.
Jackfruit can be used for different purposes such as food for energy and nutrient. The bark, roots, leaves, and fruit are used as herbs due to their therapeutic properties. The tree is a source of timber for furniture.
Jackfruit For Fertility
Here are the known fertility benefits of jackfruits
May help boosts egg viability in females
Jack fruit may improve fertility in several ways due to its rich nutritional content such as polyphenols which boost egg viability.
Zinc and Vitamin B6 content also help improve sperm quality including other nutrients like riboflavin and fiber that also help improve heart function for proper blood circulation which is necessary for reproductive activities.
Boost sperm quality in males
Jackfruit seeds are fortified with essential phytochemicals such as polyphenols that lower the impact of oxidative stress.
2018 study also indicates the antioxidant activity of polyphenols may boost sperm count, and motility, and reduce cellular damage to reproductive organs triggered by ROS.
The presence of essential compounds such as vitamin B complex, Iron, zinc magnesium, and arginine, polyphenols in jackfruit may improve fertility and boost functions of the reproductive system in both males and females.
Jackfruit in Pregnancy
Eating jackfruit during pregnancy has a good number of benefits such as;
• Lowers the risk of miscarriages
The polyphenols compound present in jackfruit seed may be helpful to pregnant women during pregnancy by reducing the risk of miscarriages.
2014 study on the effects of dietary polyphenols on early development confirms that it may improve fertility by boosting reproductive activities, fetal health, and the bioavailability of vital nutrients.
• Enhance fetal development
Jackfruit is loaded with the B-complex group of vitamins such as vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), niacin, riboflavin, and folic acid which are all needed by pregnant women for their baby development.
Pyridoxine, a vitamin B6 found in Jackfruit may also help in creating neurotransmitters ( chemical messengers carry chemical signals from one neuron to another. The body system can’t function without them).
• May Help Curb Nauseous Feeling
The presence of vitamin b6 in Jackfruit may reduce nausea which most people called morning sickness.
Also, a related study affirms that vitamin B6 may help treat morning sickness.
Polyphenols, B-complex found in jackfruit help to improve fetal health and lower the risk of miscarriages in early pregnancy.
while vitamin B6 may help curb excessive
vomiting or nauseous feeling during this period.
Jackfruit Seeds Benefits
Avoid throwing jackfruit seeds away after eating the fruits because the seeds are loaded with essential compounds needed by the body. It has several health benefits detailed here.
1. May improve men’s sexual performance
Jackfruit seeds have several complex protein compounds that are helpful to the body such as arginine, cystine, histidine, leucine, lysine, methionine, threonine, and tryptophan.
Arginine is an energy booster needed which provides stamina for reproductive activities.
2. May Lowers Aging Rate
Jackfruit seeds contain vital photochemical compound such as polyphenols that prevent cellular damage caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS) promotes ageless skin, and improve skin radiance. May also prevent skin concerns such as acne.
3. Promote Healthy Bone
Eating Jackfruit seeds may improve bone health due to the presence of calcium, potassium, and magnesium all are important minerals for healthy hearts and bones.
4. Boost Fertility
Iron and Zinc are vita micro minerals that promote other micro minerals that help boost fertility and hormonal health.
5. Improves Heart Function
Jackfruit is a rich source of fiber, that improves digestion, makes one less hungry, promotes a healthy heart, and lowers bad cholesterol which may trigger health problems.
It also contains Iron that promotes blood formation, riboflavin, and several other vitamin B complexes which helps in regulating blood pressure, lower sugar level, and inflammation of the gut.
Jackfruit seeds are loaded with antioxidant compounds such as polyphenols which may help lower the impact of oxidative stress that causes cellular damage, and premature aging.
Jackfruit in Spanish
Jack fruit is called yuca in Spanish, while the tree is known as Árbol de Jaca and the leaf is equally called Hoja de Jaca.
In Spanish, Jackfruit is known for its energy-boosting effect, it also aids digestion due to fiber content, boosts immunity due presence of C vitamins, and prevents premature aging due to the presence of polyphenols.
The seed of Jackfruit is now more useful, and beneficial than ever, all thanks to James Joseph, a tech veteran who invented jackfruit flour after he learned about its excellent benefits for diabetic patients.
A trusted source indicates that jackfruit flour is made by combining mature unripe green jackfruit, seeds, and strands.
Jackfruit Flour For Diabetes
According to a journal by American Diabetes Association (ADA), Greenjackk canfcanhehelpregulatelatee blood sugar levels, and has been proven clinically good for people with type-2 diabetes, a related study reveals.
Additionally, before the offiFloorrecognition of Jackfruit floor by ADA, the University of Sydney in 2016 has already proven the effectiveness of Jackfruit flour in diabetes management, and further recommended that over higher GL carbohydrate meals.
Research reveals that green jackfruit flour has about 57% of fiber more than other ingredients, and fiber can help with regular cholesterol and improve heart function.
Uses of Jackfruit Flour
Due to its low calories, and carbohydrate makeup jackfruit flour has been adopted as a better option for making cakes, pancakes, crackers, cookies Brownies, and any flour base food you can think of.
Jackfruit For Weight Loss
Jackfruit is high in fiber and regular intake may prevent obesity, and lower the risk of heart disease.
Jackfruit helps in weight management due to its high fiber content. The fiber makes you less hungry and less craving calories foods.
They are low in calories and can be good snacks for people who want to lose weight.
Jackfruit For Cancer
Jackfruit is a potential Anticancer agent enriched with several phytochemical compounds such as lignans, isoflavones, and saponins which can inhibit the formation and growth of cancer cells, helpful in treating lymphoma cancer and combatting stomach ulcers.
Saponins are effective in combating Colon Cancer by binding to their outer layer, and as well help in flushing toxins out of the Colon.
Isoflavones and Lignans phytonutrients on the other hand help to inhibit the growth of Endometrial Cancer.
Another related study indicates that Jackfruit contains essential compounds with chemoprotective properties which can decrease the mutagenicity of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) and the proliferation of cancer cells.
Jackfruit For Kidney Patients
Flavonoids are found in Jackfruits which may help protect the kidney and improve its function.
A study in 2018 also indicates that flavonoids may protect the kidneys from the impacts of nephrotoxic agents which is a factor that causes acute kidney injury or chronic kidney disease.
Another helpful impact of flavonoids is their inhibitory effect against inflammation released by mediators from the mast cells, neutrophils, and macrophages, Research reveals.
Jackfruit In Nigeria
Jackfruit is found largely in Anambra state, a few can also be found in some parts of Ebonyi, Imo, and Enugu. In Nigeria, most people call it sycamore, but the real name is Jackfruit.
Jackfruit For Cooking
Since the invention of green Jackfruit flour, many have adopted it as a g, good alternative to wheat flour, and can be used in the preparation of any flour-based food of your choice such as cake, cookies, etc.
Also, you can extract the seed of the ripe jackfruit, cook it, and eat it due to its high nutrient value and health benefits.
Jackfruit Side Effects
Are there any side effects of eating Jackfruit or seed? Currently, there are no side effects hence it is safe.
Jackfruit is excellent in essential antioxidants that may improve reproductive functions, lower the impact of oxidative stress and ensure the health and safety of the fetus.
Jackfruit is underutilized and most people throw away the seed. The seed is the most nutritious part of the fruit and should not be thrown away.
JC is passionate about finding the impact of foods (feeding habits) on human fertility and reproductive health and a way to improve fertility.