Black Plum (Jamun): 7 Surprising Health Benefits It Offers!

Black Plum (Jamun): 7 Surprising Health Benefits It Offers

Jamun (black plum) serves as a treat for those surviving in the sub-continental summer seasons.This dark purple bite-sized fruit indigenous to India is abundantly available from mid-May until August. A bowlful of ripe black plums with a sprinkling of rock-salt on top makes a delicious summer snack that is a hit with all age-groups.

Besides being incredibly tasty, jamun sure packs a punch as far as nutritional facts are concerned. Here, are some of the health benefits of jamun:

1 . Is Good For Diabetics

Jamun has a low Glycemic Index that helps control the level of blood sugar in the body. It also cures symptoms of diabetes like low-energy and frequent thirst and urination. Jamun contains no sucrose, and has jambolin which prevents starch from converting into sugar within the body. Jamun Honey can be used as a sweet substitute for diabetics.

2 . Beats The Summer Heat 

The water content in Jamun is as much as 84% of its total weight. Combined with minerals like phosphorous and iodine, it is the perfect go-to snack in the summer for tackling the sweltering heat. Blend 2 cups of jamun (without seeds) with 1 cup of water and 1 cup of ice. Season with black salt, pepper, honey and garnish with mint for a cool summer drink.

3 . Boosts Immunity

Along with Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B6, the black plum has a high content of Vitamin C, an anti-oxidant that boosts the body’s immunity by attacking the free radicals.The fruit has anti-bacterial properties that help prevent infection both internal and external. Powdered jamun bark mixed with water is a natural remedy for skin and gum infections.

4 . Helps Prevent Cancer

Studies have shown that the humble Jamun possesses anti-carcinogenic properties owing to the polyphenols contained in it. Regular consumption of Jamun may prevent the onset of this disease in humans.

5 . Brightens Skin 

The iron and Vitamin C contained in Jamun helps purify the blood and increases the hemoglobin in the blood. Jamun possesses certain astringent properties that prevent blackheads, pimples, and acne appearing on the face. The blood purifying properties of the fruit have brightening effects as well.

6 . Promotes Heart Health

The essential minerals like potassium and phosphorous present in Jamun prevent certain cardio-vascular conditions like hypertension thereby caring for the heart.

7 . Aids Digestion

Jamun is a great source of dietary fiber that promotes digestion. It also activates the liver and spleen thereby keeping the digestive tract in optimal health


-As with any good thing, moderation is key. It is recommended that you take about 100 grams of this tasty fruit every alternate day.

-Make sure to wash the fruit thoroughly with salt water before eating.

-Avoid consuming jamun on an empty stomach

-Do not consume milk for about 2 hours before and after eating jamun

-Pregnant and lactating mothers are advised not to consume Jamun

-Diabetics should consume of the fruit in small quantity.

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