Jackfruit is the largest fruit that grows on a tree — some have grown up to 100 pounds. They’re covered in a bumpy, hard green skin, with a pale-colored flesh on the inside. Because of its texture, versatility, and vitamin content, jackfruit has been gaining popularity as a meat replacement for vegans.
Jackfruit is super high in potassium, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and magnesium. It’s also got a decent amount of calcium, vitamin A, iron, and even a little bit of protein. One cup of jackfruit offers 25 percent of your daily B6, and as some of you know, B complex vitamins are hard to come by in a vegan diet.
According to the National Cancer Institute, over 1.17 million people had colorectal cancer in the United States in 2013. A complicated type of cancer, it is difficult to treat and can develop many other types of complications.
There is a natural way to fight and improve colon cancer. Jackfruit, something of a delicacy fruit, grows widely in the tropical parts of the world. in South East Asia it is also used for making recipes.
In this article you will learn how it can prevent and fight this type of cancer.
Colon Cancer Prevention
The health benefits of the jackfruit are so efficient thanks to the compounds found in it such as phytonutrients, saponins, isoflavones and lignans and their anti-cancer benefits that prevent the formation of free radicals and tumors in the body.
Phytonutrients are essential in order to prevent the initial formation of the cancer cells. If you are already dealing with stomach ulcers, jackfruit will do wonders for you when it comes to improving, fighting and preventing the condition from appearing again. The amazing thing is that there are more than 10,000 types of phytonutrients that have their own specific health benefit for the body. For now, only 3 types of phytonutrients have been researched and are known to prevent cancer.
Isoflavones and lignans
These phytonutrients help lower risk of cancer. In one study, researchers found that women who ate jackfruit had a lower risk of cancer than those who didn’t consume it.
According to a study (Journal of Nutrition 1995), saponins show colon cancer preventative properties. Another study found that these phytonutrients induce mitotic arrest in the case of leukemia cells, and it helped in some cases to cause remission. Saponins were found to react to the outer layers of cancer cells; they bound the cells and prevented their further growth.
Strengthens Immune System
Jackfruit is loaded with vitamin C and simple sugars needed to help sustain your immunity.
A study was conducted on mice, involving the analysis of the immune-boosting properties of the sugars present in jackfruit pulp, the researchers discovered that jackfruits contain polysaccharides that works in improving phagocytic cell function. These are the cells found in the immune system.