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The jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) is a species of tree in the fig, mulberry, and breadfruit family (Moraceae).

It is native to parts of South and Southeast Asia and is believed to have originated in the southwestern rain forests of the Western Ghats in the Indian subcontinent. Jackfruit is the largest known treeborne fruit. The jackfruit tree can produce about 100 to 200 fruits in a year. The jackfruit is a multiple fruit, composed of hundreds to thousands of individual flowers, and it is the fleshy petals that are eaten.

Jack fruit tree has strong solid trunk and grows upto 50 to 60 feet. The barks, leaves and fruits of this tree contain latex. The leaves are oval in shape, glossy in appearance and leathery to touch. The tree bears both male and female flowers. The fruits (jack fruit) are huge and weigh 5 to 25 kilograms. The huge jackfruit contains many small fleshy fruits inside. These small fruits contain seeds which are hard and starchy.  The flesh of these small fruits is either crisp or soft depending on the variety of tree.

The World Bank and United Nations warned recently that rising temperatures and unpredictable rainfall had already reduced yields of wheat and corn, and could lead to food wars within the decade. Now researchers say jackfruit could help provide the solution.

Medicinal properties of jackfruit

According to texts of ayurveda the medicinal properties of jack fruit varies in various stages of its development. The raw fruit increases vata and kapha where as ripened fruit alleviates vata and pitta. The fruit is heavy to digest and sticky in nature. It enhances the moistness of tissues. It acts as body coolant.

The latex of this tree has anti-inflammatory properties. Hence it is recommended in inflamed abscesses and wounds. Poultice of jackfruit latex helps to reduce pain and swelling in abscesses and wounds.

The flesh of smaller fruits is very heavy to digest. It may cause indigestion. Ingestion of raw jack fruit may cause constipation. Hence jackfruit has to be eaten before consuming food. Jackfruit is a strict no for patients who suffer from digestive disorders and ascitis.

The bark of jackfruit tree helps to reduce intestinal motility and hence useful in diarrhea and dysentery. The decoction of bark is used for this purpose.

Fully ripened fruit is a very helpful in increasing quality and quantity of semen. It helps to increase sperm count and sperm motility. Weak and skinny people are largely benefited by ripened fruit as it increases body bulk and body energy level.

The decoction of leaves and roots are used in diseases of skin. The leaves also help to reduce effects of poison.

The jackfruit is widely used in Chinese folk medicine. They consider it as having cooling and nutritious properties. The flesh and seeds are used to reduce influence of alcohol. Roasted seeds are regarded as aphrodisiac and given to patients who suffer from low libido, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. The ash of bark and leaves are mixed with coconut oil and applied on wounds.

Precaution: Jackfruit should not be consumed by pregnant women and persons suffering from ascities, and digestive disorders.

Jack fruit has many important proteins, carbohydrates and vitamins. In addition to eating as vegetable you can make pickles and crackers.

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Good for treatment of ulcers: Consumed of ripe fruit is likely to be diarrhea. Herbal experts recommend its ripe fruit for indigestion and gas patient. Ash of jackfruit leaves is very useful for the treatment of ulcers. Take 4-5 dry leaves of jack fruit and make powder of it. Ulcer patient can get relief by eating this mixture.

Energy: Keep pulp (about 50 grams) of baked jack fruit and half a liter of water and boil it. You can get tremendous energy by drinking it. It acts as a tonic. According to ayurveda, jack fruit is very helpful in weight gain.

Pain, inflammation and wound
: Among the tribal, ripe fruit is popular for physical strength and long term youth. You can get relief by applying milk of jack fruit on tumor, swelling and wounds. People from mountains often used its milk on wounds when they have scratches or wound while climbing the mountain. Jack fruits also recommends  to diabetic patient. It is also beneficial for high blood pressure patient.

Avoid bacterial and viral infections: Jackfruit has vitamin C and E. It enhances immunity and prevents from bacterial and viral infections. Grind the leaves of jackfruit and make round of it. Suck this tablet and you will get relief in speech and throat diseases. This fruit is also very good for bones. It has magnesium which strengthens the bones and gets rid of the problem of osteoporosis in the future.