The Jackfruit is quite remarkable in its own right. The largest fruit to grow on a tree, it is considered a delicacy in many of the tropical lowlands because of its unique texture and taste, and it also contains an enormous amount of health benefits within its bumpy and green skin. It has been declared the National fruit of Bangladesh.
Recently scientists have also discovered that Jackfruit is one of the most powerful of the anti-cancer foods that are known to us.
Jackfruit is the ultimate source of Vitamin B6 in a naturally occurring form. One cup of it would be enough to complete 25% of your daily requirement of Vitamin B6.
It also has a lot of Vitamin C and potassium and an extremely rich fibre content.
Other than these general health benefits, it has powerful anti-cancer agents, which have the ability to fight the free radicals that cause cancer. It is full of antioxidants, isoflavones, lignans and also saponins and these combine to reduce and remove cancer cells.
The phytonutrients in Jackfruit hampers the initial stage when the cancer cells are developing in the body. It very nearly prevents any new cancer cells to develop from the old ones.
It has been said in a study which was published in 1995 in the Journal of Nutrition that the saponins present in Jackfruit can prevent the cancer of the colon. It has also been noted that it may also lead to remission.
Phytoestrogens which are present in Jackfruit, namely Lignans and Isoflavones greatly reduce the risk of the development of endometrial cancer.
Also, the copious amounts of fibre that we get from eating it helps in keeping the colon clean. This is an excellent way to eliminate all the toxic waste that gets stored in our digestive tract, thereby reducing the risk of colon cancer.
Our overall immunity also gets a boost from the Vitamin C that is present in it. Eat it!