Indian Blackberry (Binomial Name: Syzygium cumini or Eugenia jambolana)

October 26, 2014

 

 

Syzygium cumini or Eugenia jambolana is the binomial name and this precious fruit is called as Naaval Pazham or Nagapazham in Tamil language. It is called by different names in English such as Java Plum, Black Plum, Jambul and Indian blackberry etc. The siddha medical system use the fruits, leaves, barks and the seeds  (mainly) of this tree to prepare medicines to cool the body, induce digestive power, control blood sugar levels and for blood purification etc. Indian blackberry is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, folic acid, malaic acid, sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc and iron.

 

This tree is seen in India, Srilanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Philippines, Malaysia, Maldives and Indonesia and it is introduced to the western world in early 1900. The fruit is sweet and tart and leaves a slight astringent action in the mouth. Due to its acidic nature, it is usually eaten with a sprinkling of salt. When eaten, the fruits coat the mouth and the tongue a deep purple colour that stays for a few hours.

 

Some of the many benefits of Indian blackberry include:

 

  • Anti-Ageing

  • Anti-Diabetic

    • Increases the secretion of insulin, helps in reducing excessive blood glucose levels

    • Increases glucose absorption and fatty acid oxidation and improves insulin sensitivity

  • Anti-Oxidant - It can help to strengthen your immune system and increase your body's fighting power against infection

  • Gastrointestinal Protection

    • Helps to cleat the colitis

    • Good digestive agent and helps in stimulating the secretion of gastric juices

    • Richness in fiber helps the stomach digest food well and flush out the rest.

    • Reduce flatulence

  • Good remedy for urinary diseases

  • Hepatoprotective  - Activates the liver and spleen

  • Helps to cool body

  • Helps to beat Anemia - It has rich source of iron and folic acid 

  • Its strong astringent properties can make skin glowing and healthy

  • Its tree bark is used to relieve the problems of asthma and bronchitis

  • It helps to relive the mouth ulcer pain due to its astringent action

  • It helps to heal bleeding hemorrhoids

  • It helps to reduce irritable bowel syndrome

  • It helps to treat gout.

  • May reduce cardiovascular risk by eating regularly, it prevents hardening of arteries

  • Purifies blood

  • Stops Diarrhea

  • Relives throat infection and other respiratory diseases.

  • Removes worms

  • Regulates heart beat

 

The above information is to share the knowledge of Traditional Siddha Herbs and do not serve as a medical advice.

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