The Health Benefits Of Jambul Or Jamun - The Purple Summer Fruit Of India

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Jambul or Jamun is a purple coloured Indian summer fruit that has innumerable uses in disturbed health conditions. Each and every part of the jamun tree is useful. Read on for more...

About Jambul Tree

Latin Name : Syzygium cumini

Jambul is also called Jamun in India. Both these terms have been used in this page and essentially refer to the same tree and fruit.
In English, it is called by various names like, black plum, java plum, malabar plum, jambolan etc.

The Jamun tree is native to India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Indonesia. However it is now being grown in Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago. It was introduced in Florida, USA in 1911.

It is an evergreen tree that lives for over 100 years. A good shade providing tree, all parts of the Jamun tree are useful in one way or the other. The tree grows well in tropical to sub tropical areas.

The tree flowers with the onset of summer in March/April and bears fruit in May/June when it is hotter. The fruits' skin is in various shades of purple, some almost black coloured. It ia an oblong shaped berry and the ripe berry has a deep purple flesh that colours the mouth and tongue for a few hours after it is eaten. Thr fruit tastes sweet and tarty with an astringent action.

Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine use the fruit, seeds, bark, leaves etc to treat a variety of health problems.

Uses Of Various Parts Of The Jamun Tree

The wood is used for making cheap furniture, railway sleepers and as a foundation to instal motors in wells as the wood is not only strong but withstands moisture as well. It is also used to make agricultural equipments.
The leaves are used to decorate marriage pandals.
The seeds are used to make herbal teas for use by diabetics.
The fruits are used to prepare vinegar, wines, jams, jellies, squashes etc.

Nutrients In Jamun

The seeds contain the glucoside jambolin which prevents the conversion of starch into sugar and this benefits by controlling blood sugar levels. They also contain many flavonoids, phenols and are rich in protein and calcium.

It is a very good source of carotene, iron, folic acid, calcium potassium, magnesium,phosphorus and sodium. It has high levels of Vitamin C.

The sugars are in the form of glucose and fructose which hydrate, cool and refresh the heat stressed body.

Jambuls are a rich source of antioxidants,and phytochemicals like anthocyanins, glucosides,ellagic acid, oxalic acid, kaemferol etc. The seeds and leaves contain essential oils.

Uses Of Jamun In Disease

The following are some of the health benefits of jambul.

Jambul is very good to treat Gout. Boil the bark well in water till the water thickens. Cool and apply this watery paste on the affected part to relieve pain and inflammation.

In Diabetes, drink jamun juice and mango juice mixed in equal quantities.

To remove body weakness, treat anaemia, increase memory and remove sexual weakness, take 1 tsp each of jamun juice, honey and amla juice everyday in the morning.

Eating jamuns stimulates the liver and relieves bladder problems.

To increase appetite and treat constipation take vinegar made of raw jamun fruits with equal quantity of water, twice a day.

To treat stomatitis and mouth and teeth problems apply jamun juice and also drink it.

For treating pimples, grind the dry seeds. Add some cow's milk and apply on the pimples while going to bed at night. Wash in the morning. Continue for a few days.

For diarrhoea, mix a little rock salt in jamun juice and drink.

For Acidity, eat jamuns with black salt and roasted cumin seed powder.

To maintain a healthy voice and relieve hoarseness, gargle with a concoction of jamun seeds boiled in water for some time and cooled.

For those suffering from renal stones, eating powdered jamun seeds with yoghurt helps.

for children suffering from bedwetting, give the child 1/2 tsp powdered jamun seeds with water 2 times a day for some days to stop this habit.

Jamun stimulates the melanin making cells and thus helps in curing leucoderma.

Risk of heart attacks can be reduced by eating jambul regularly as it prevents hardening of the arteries.

To stop vomiting drink jamun juice.

For boils and other skin disorders apply some jamun seeds mixed with a little oil on the affected area.

Some Precautions

Never eat Jambul on empty stomach.

Never drink milk after consuming jamun.

Do not eat them in excess as it may cause body aches and fevers.


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A former poultry breeder. A major in Botany and Chemistry. I prefer to write on health topics &healthy foods, yog & pranayama.I write at Hubpages & Blogger & have my recipe & health websites at Weebly

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author avatar vpaulose
9th May 2012 (#)

Thank you Rajan for this healthy info. I am also in the same boat with you with the same interests of yours. Please be with me and exchange ideas. Thank you for your friendship.

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author avatar Mahesh singh Kushwah
24th Jun 2015 (#)

Wonderful fruit

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author avatar Rajan Singh Jolly
9th May 2012 (#)

Hi vpaulose. Thanks for giving the page a read and am glad you share my interests. I am following you so I'll be reading more of your pages. You have written almost a thousand pages.
Thanks for visiting.

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author avatar ghazala zafar
15th May 2012 (#)

I'm missing Jamun...It's not available here in Qatar :(

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author avatar Rajan Singh Jolly
16th May 2012 (#)

Ghazala, don't you get in canned form?

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author avatar Manju
18th Aug 2012 (#)

very interesting

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author avatar Hamza
24th Dec 2012 (#)

thanx 4 the valuable information i was looking for it!jus wanted 2 ask its effect in the patient with aortic valve replacement who is on warfarun tabs for thinning its blood.....pls let me know..will be waiting for your reply.....thanx....Hamza

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author avatar Javeed YA
10th Jun 2013 (#)

Hello my jamun friends...
Presently in India and enjoying jamun treat. I have tree in my back yard so many others too in Hyderabad. Apart from all heavenly benefits, it has very unique taste. Unfortunately jamun canned juice are not available to enjoy in all seasons.

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author avatar Timcaa
7th Jul 2013 (#)

excellent advice

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author avatar Radhika yadav
11th Jul 2013 (#)

thanks .

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author avatar PRAVIN GOEL
27th Jul 2013 (#)


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author avatar Sheriff
30th Jul 2013 (#)

its too much it true that jamun tree leaves is helpful in reducing weight..

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5th Aug 2013 (#)

thanks for this great information. we in guyana do not know the true value of jamun and we have many trees here and being destroy by mankind.Ipersonally love jamun and in season i eat as much as i can but did not know that its leaves and bark are useful. thanks for this information.

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16th Sep 2013 (#)

As far as my knowledge goes though its not available in canned but it is available in tetra pack manufactured by B NATURAL available in leading super markets.

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16th Sep 2013 (#)

Not only Jamun flavor but also Guava,Pomegranate, Amla, Brahmi Black grapes, Mango Etc.Etc, are available.What i came across and consumed too.

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author avatar Bhupal
27th Apr 2014 (#)

In India my friends eat this fruit as a help to cure diabetes.In Delhi's fruit markets, Jamuns are avaiable throughout the year,off season are in frozen form from the cold storage.Jamun seed powder is avaialable in Desi grocery stores in North America. Enjoy Jamuns in the season in India, almost free.

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author avatar MOSSES NATHANIEL
26th May 2014 (#)

I am from Malaysia, I consume Jamun fruit direct from the tree, it relieves my constipation

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author avatar Rachappa
6th Jun 2014 (#)

Syzygium cumini is well known as "Nerale" or "Neeladahannu" in kannada. This is very usefull to suger patients.

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author avatar Supriya
17th Jul 2014 (#)

jamun is very good for health

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author avatar Zia ur rehman
18th Jul 2014 (#)

i m from pakistan ,thanks for sharing for such a valuable info about jamun,its available now a days here n i enjoying eating jamun

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author avatar Latha
21st Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks for the info on the benefits of jamun.
Also the precaution in consuming it.

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author avatar Afnan Hafiz
21st Jul 2014 (#)

I am eating Jamuns a lot now a days. I wanted to know whether they help in lowering cholesterol levels or not.

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author avatar R C Maheshwari
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

Jamun pulp is very good for diabetic patients. Blend 100 gms of Amla powder with 100 gms of Turmeric powder and 100gm of Jamun seed powder and consume 1 teaspoon daily in empty stomach. It is useful in controlling sugar level.

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author avatar Anup kumar sharma
13th Aug 2014 (#)

Thnx for providing so much information about jamun....m only 26 yrs old n m suffring from diabeteis type 1 since last 8 to 9 yrs...n m insulin dependent.....i want to stop my insulin can be possible while using jamun juice contineusly....plz help me...thank u

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author avatar Savita
14th Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you for your post. I came across it while googling how to care Jamun plant. I am in central Florida. I brought Jamun plant from Indian grocery store. We do not get Jamun here locally. Jamun is very dear to my heart as we had a tree back in Delhi in our house and I love this fruit. I had pica of Jamun in my pregnancy, therefore, had sweet memories of eating them picking from the ground every morning. :)
I will be grateful if you can give more info what all I need to do to take care of this plant. I have Papaya, Banana and Mango in my backyard. Those trees are doing good so far.Papaya bear lots of fruits.
thank again.

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