According to the National Cancer Institute, over 1.17 million people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the United States in 2013. Colorectal cancer is one of the most complicated forms of cancer, it is very difficult to treat and it can lead to many other types of complications. Unfortunately, nearly half of the patients diagnosed with this disease may die from it.
These facts demonstrate just how important it is to try prevent colorectal cancer.
How Jackfruit Helps Kill Cancer
Jackfruit contains one of the most important phytonutrients like saponins, lignans, and isoflavones, all of which have anticancer, antihypertensive, anti-ulcer, antioxidant, and anti-aging properties (1).
A study conducted at the University of Toronto, Canada, found that saponins kill cancer cells by directly binding to cells as well as boosting white blood cell activity while preventing cell differentiation and proliferation (2,3).
Lignans are tissue-selective phytoestrogens that have anti-estrogenic effects in reproductive tissues that can be beneficial in preventing the hormone-associated cancers including breast, uterus, ovary, and prostate cancer. Lignans may also help maintain bone density (4).
Isoflavones are also very beneficial phytoestrogens that have been proven to reduce the risk of prostate, endometrial, and breast cancers (5).
The cancer-preventing abilities of this fruit are due in part to dietary TF-binding lectins (6). The pulp has the ability to reduce the mutagenicity of carcinogens and combat the proliferation of cancer cells.
The fruit also contains carotenoids, flavonoids, and polyphenols, all of which help lower blood pressure, fight stomach ulcers, boost metabolism, support nerve function, and play an important role in hormone synthesis. In addition, the fruit also contains polysaccharides that help boost immunity by interacting with white blood cells, including T cells, monocytes, macrophages, and polymorphonuclear lymphocytes (7).
The interesting thing is that every part of the fruit and tree can be used. The flowers can help stop bleeding in open wounds, prevent ringworm infestations, and heal cracks in dry feet. The root can be used to treat skin diseases, asthma, and diarrhea, while the wood has a sedative and abortifacient effect.
How to Use Jackfruit
If you want to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer and improve your digestive system, you should definitely add this incredible fruit to your diet.
To enjoy the fruit’s unique taste, which is a cross between pineapple and ripe banana, you can eat it fresh, add it to curries, stir fry, or even homemade ice cream. You can also mix the fruit with blueberries (my fav) and make a delicious homemade juice. If you decide to eat it fresh, make sure to separate the fruit pods from the white fibrous stuff.
There are many more reasons why you should eat more jackfruit:
- 1 cup of the fruit has 155 calories with only 4 calories from fat.
- The fruit has very low amount of saturated fats, cholesterol, and sodium.
- It is packed with vitamin C, vitamin A, niacin, folate, thiamine, and riboflavin.
- Jackfruit has so many important minerals including potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, calcium, zinc, selenium, copper, and phosphorus.
- It has simple sugars which are great for your health.
- A cup of jackfruit can supply you over 11% of you daily fiber allowance. But you can never stop yourself at just a cup of this delicious, pulpy fruit.
Jackfruit has also been used in Chinese medicine for eliminating the effects of alcohol. So you have one more reason to eat more of it.
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