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Deep purple hue, tarty sweet, sour taste and loads of memories – jamuns are olive-sized packets of nostalgia that take many of us back to our childhoods and make us long for simpler days. Most Indians have extremely fond childhood memories of gorging on these beautiful fruits on sunny days, and then checking each other’s tongues for a purple patch left behind by the pulp. Jamuns are one of the best summer fruits to gift to your loved ones as they are promises of good health, as well as taste.

Jamuns are extremely versatile too – you can play around with them in the kitchen and turn them into jams, milkshakes, juices, or simply add them to vegetable or fruit salads. Also known as the black plum, the deep-purple fruit is referred to as the ‘Fruit of the Gods’ and rightly so! One jamun packs in 1.41 mg of iron, 15 mg of calcium and 18 mg of vitamin-C. It is also a rich source of B vitamins.

Here are some amazing health benefits of jamuns or black plums:

1. Fight Diabetes

Jamun, or jambol juice, is one of the best dietary cures for diabetes out there. Although, the pulp of the fruit contributes in the fight against diabetes to a large extent, it’s the seeds of the fruit that are the real stars in this case. They convert sugars into energy, hence, maintaining the optimum level of blood sugar in diabetics.

2. Improve Digestion

Jamun can improve digestion to a great extent. They can regularise bowel movements and can treat diarrhoea. Jamun juice solves the problems of spleen enlargement and urine retention as well.

3. Help In Weight Loss

Jamun is very low in calories, and hence, makes for a great healthy snack if you’re trying to lose weight during the summers. So, pepper your bowl of fruit chaat with diced jamuns for an addition of taste and health.

4. Improves Oral Health

Jamuns are believed to be great for treating bleeding gums and also for curing bad breath. The pulp of a fruit is effective against gingivitis, while the juice can even be used as a mouthwash.

5. Minimises Risk Of Cancer

Jamuns are extremely rich in active phytochemicals such as polyphenols. These contain anthocyanin, which can prevent cancer and even heart diseases.

So, now you know! If you needed any more reasons to add jamuns to your summer diet, we’ve given you five. Time to load up on all the deliciousness of the shiny black jamuns!

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