Jackfruits, known locally as Langka, is a fruit that grows in tropical parts of the world.
Did you know that this fruit is also useful for fighting cancer? It is jampacked with isoflavones, phytonutrients, lignans and saponins which are anti-cancer properties. Also, it contains high amounts of potassium, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and magnesium.
These nutrients will prevent free radicals that can be harmful and triggering for cancer development in the body.
Here are some of the health benefits we can get from Jackfruits:
1. Colon Cancer Prevention
Because of its anti-cancer compounds: isoflavones, phytonutrients, lignans and saponins, Jackfruit can prevent chronic diseases such as colon cancer.
Phytonutrients is proven to prevent the very initial stage of cancer cell formation and it also helps treat stomach ulcers.
Researchers have found that tens of thousands of phytonutrients provide lots of health benefits. However they are still conducting studies on determining whether these 3 phytonutrients help in preventing and fighting cancer.
Saponins are potent as anti-cancer agents because they show colon cancer preventative properties according to a study (Journal of Nutrition 1995).
There is also a study that showed results of this phytonutrient inducing mitotic arrest in the case of leukemia cells. It revealed that saponins can cause remission on some cases.
Saponins are discovered to react to the outer layers of cancer cells, bounding the cells and preventing their further growth.
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4. Lignans & Isoflavones
Experts believe that these nutrients are phytoestrogens and its phytonutrients bind to the receptors the estrogens
Studies show that these nutrients contribute to reducing the risk of endometrial cancer.
One specific study was published by the National Cancer Institute in its journal in 2006: 500 women were chosen randomly and they took the highest levels of isoflavones and lignans from jackfruit and other fruits. Afterwards, the results revealed that their cancer rates were lower compared to others.
5. Protection of Cellular DNA
The antioxidants found inside a jackfruit helps in protecting your cellular DNA from direct damage you can get from free oxygen radicals.
Because it is rich in fiber and it has a sticky form, these properties if joined together can work as a great colon cleanser.
Jackfruits are great in removing toxins from your digestive tract, minimizing risks of colon cancer.
6. 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.
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