What is Jamun, benefits *
Jamun or Jambolan is a fruit native to India that has been used for blood glucose or blood sugar support for centuries
Jamun is otherwise known as Syzygium cumini a commonly known fruit in India for diabetic control. However, many do not know the blood sugar or blood glucose controlling properties of Jambolan. Jambolan is known by many names and it is a favourite fruit of many animals. It has been mentioned in Ayurveda that Jambolan is one of the greatest fruits ever.
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Historically Jamun was used for non diabetic disorders. However in 16th century it was discovered by one of the eminent ayurvedic scholars that the seeds have anti diabetic properties. Since then not only traditional medicine, modern science also started focusing on its blood glucose or blood sugar controlling properties. Ayurvedic scholars mentioned three types of Jambolan varieties. However, only one survived. The leaves, bark, and seeds are the most useful parts among which the seeds are popular for their anti diabetic properties. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine Jambolan was use to help with thirst, diarrhea, and in healing of wounds. The key ingredient that shows anti diabetic action is jamboline (a chemical) in the seeds.
In my Ayurvedic practice, this is how I use Jamun-
Dried seeds powder three times a day of a gram each dose will help to reduce high blood sugar. in addition, it helps to reduce the insulin dose too
Two grams of dried seeds powder will reduce polyuria of any cause.
Dried seeds powder at one gram per day will help to reduce irritable bowel syndrome.
Both seeds and leaves improve uterine function.
Regular intake of fruits for 2-3 months help to heal bleeding hemorrhoids.
The fruit rind is helpful in alleviating liver enlargement.
Seeds decoction with honey prevents thirst and fatigue due to physical strain.
One of the best detoxifying agents when combined with certain herbs.
Seeds decoction has anti septic activity.
Fruits reduce excessive salivation.
Fruit pulp per 100 gm has following constituents…
Trace elements 4%
Calcium 15 mg
Phosphorus 15 mg
Iron 12 mg
Vitamin C 18 mg
Modern science has focused on Jamun’s blood sugar properties. Helmstädter A; a well known professor from Philipps-University, Marburg, Germany mentioned that in pre insulin era Jambolan was used to have wide acceptance as an adjuvant therapy for diabetes type II. Later, like many medicinal herbs it has gone into the dark. As per his observations, up to 30% in glucose reduction can be expected from Jambolan seeds. The unique phenomenon in Jambolan seeds is that the main ingredient jamboline a chemical alone would not exhibit anti diabetic property. With the catalytic activity and association with other inorganic or inactive substances in the seed, it exhibits the anti diabetic activity.
Modern science does not have a broad vision on herbs and their actual properties. Certain herbs never exhibit their efficacy in the absence of associated inorganic materials. The best example is Jamun. Though it has good anti diabetic activities, the current extraction processes are destrying the therapeutic activity as this burns out most of the organic materials.
In my experience, I suggest my patients to eat the jamun fruits, which certainly help to enhance the insulin activity and sensitivity. In addition, seeds powder can be taken as an adjuvant both for type II diabetes, insulin dependent or non-insulin dependent. The real fact of my observation is that Jambolan showed its effectiveness in preventing or postponing the onset of diabetes. The real benefit is at the stage of IFG (Impaired fasting glucose) which can be well controlled with jambolan, both with fruit as well as seed powder. Regulation of IFG prevents the early onset of diabetes and further conditions. Each herb has its own mode of action in diabetes, at various stages. The cumulative and rational combination of these herbs certainly would help for safe diabetes control and prevention. When Jamun extract is used in conjunction of Gymnema, Bitter melon, Salacia, Cinnamon, Fenugreek, it makes this an excellent product.
In the end for the question of what is Jamun, it is a wonder fruit that offers exceptional benefits to all people.
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By Satya Narayana
Dr. Satya Narayana is an Ayurvedic Doctor in India and is the author of this story. All opinions expressed above should not be construed as medical advice. This information is provided for educational purposes only. Any statements made above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products discussed above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. To consult Dr. Satya Narayana, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org