Fresh Jackfruit

Health Benefits of Jackfruit

Botanical Name: Artocarpus heterophyllus

Jackfruit is a large fruit that weighs 3 to 30kg; it measures 10cm to 60cm in length, and 25 to 75cm in diameter. Its shape is oblong. The fruit is green-yellow in color with custard yellow flesh and a banana-like aroma and taste. Leaves are deep green and glossy in color. When in season, each tree bears as many as 250 large fruits.

Seeds: Jackfruit contains about 100 to 500 edible seeds. The size is 2 to 4cm long and 1 to 3cm thick; it has a bland nutty taste.

Uses of Jackfruit Seeds: Ripe Jackfruit can be eaten fresh; it can also be processed into different types of food products like jelly, chips, ice cream, candies, beverages etc. The unripe jackfruit is often consumed as vegetable dish in Asian countries. The seeds can also be boiled or roasted for consumption.

Health Benefits of Jackfruit:

  • Good source of iron which can help prevent anemia and improves blood circulation in the body.
  • Beneficial in maintaining a healthy thyroid because it contains micro minerals and copper that helps in proper functioning of the thyroid.
  • Can help prevent cancer because it removes the cancer causing free radicals from the body and slows down degeneration of cells to prevent degenerative diseases.
  • Aids in healing indigestion as well as ulcers.
  • High in fiber which helps prevent constipation and colon cancer.
  • Rich in vitamin A which is beneficial in the eye and skin health. It can also prevent vision-related problems like macular degeneration and night blindness.
  • Rich source of potassium which helps reduce chances of heart diseases as it lowers the blood pressure.
  • Good energy food because it is rich in carbohydrates – with only a small amount of fat.
  • Helps increase the sperm count.
unripe young jackfruit
unripe young jackfruit is use just like vegetable in cooking

Jackfruit Nutrient Content: Per 100 gm.

  • Vitamin B Thiamine .03 mg.; Niacin .4 mg.
  • Vitamin C: .8 mg.
  • Fat: .3 gm.
  • Carbohydrates: 25.4 gm.
  • Protein: 1.3 gm.
  • Calories: 98
big jackfruit tree
big jackfruit tree

Medicinal Benefits of the Different Parts of Jackfruit Tree:

  • Latex – Almost all the parts of the tree gives white sticky latex like juice when injured. Jackfruit latex when mixed with vinegar can help treat glandular swelling, snakebites and abscesses.
  • Leaves – The leaves when made into a tea can help cure fever, skin diseases and boils. They can also be heated and applied directly to the wounded area to get quick relief.
  • Seeds – The roasted seeds are sometimes used as an aphrodisiac.
  • Root – The root of jackfruit is an effective remedy for diarrhea, fever, and skin diseases. The root is also a good remedy for people suffering from asthma. Just boil 1/4 cup of chopped root to 3 cups of water to extract the medicinal properties of the root. Strain and drink

Jackfruit Varieties: There are two varieties of jackfruits – one variety is soft, fibrous and sweet in taste while the other variety is crunchy, crisp and not that sweet in taste.


  • Individuals who are allergic to birch pollen may experience allergic reaction when consuming jackfruit.
  • Excess intake of jackfruit can increase blood coagulation.

 “This post was originally published on January 8, 2012 @23:04”

Len Carpio

The majority of articles I published were focused on health. I’m very interested in using natural remedies as they enhance the body's ability to heal itself and have no harmful side effects. I became interested in natural remedies when I met a Gerson therapist, who told me that in Gerson therapy they use “ live food” (organic vegetable, fruits, etc) to cure their patients. For the body to fight different illnesses, our immune system should be strong. In Gerson therapy they promote the supplementation of healthy and nutritious “ live food” for the body to fight disease, repair and regain its strength. I hope you will enjoy and learn from reading my articles. Have a good day and lets all be healthy :)

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