Chief Dietician, NephroPlus
Jamun, the highly nutritious, refreshing and succulent fruit flooding the summer markets has innumerable health benefits. Commonly known as Java plum or Indian blackberry in English, Jamun or Jambul in Hindi, Jambufalam or Mahaphala in Sanskrit, Naavar Pazham in Tamil and Neredu in Telugu is one of the best fruits that can be incorporated in the diet of chronic kidney patients and diabetics.
The fruit is diuretic, anti- scorbutic and carminative in properties and is a rich source of polyphenolic compounds. The diuretic effects of jamun flushes toxins out of the kidneys, while the high fibre content aids in digestion and prevents nausea and vomiting.
The Jamun fruit helps in the management of Diabetes. The Jamun seeds contain the two major bioactive compounds i.e. Jamboline and Jambosine which helps in the reduction of glucose levels in the blood by helping in increasing the production of insulin.The fruit also contains adequate amount of vitamin C and iron, that increases the level of blood hemoglobin.
The excellent carminative and digestive properties of this incredible fruit make it a one-stop solution for all digestive woes. The anti-flatulent property reduces the formation of gas in the alimentary canal, thus reducing flatulence, constipation, bloating and abdominal distension commonly seen among dialysis patients.
The phenolic compounds and flavonoids in Jamun seeds help in quenching the free radicals produced by the body during stress conditions and therefore enhances the immune system
A dialysis patient can freely consume 5-6 pieces of Jamun. 100g of the fruit contains 79mg of Potassium making it absolutely kidney friendly fruit.