Indian herbs and spices are replete with goodness. Along with turmeric, ginger, clove, and many other condiments, fruits such as amla, Karela and Jamun too supplement our health. We can control our health without doing much. One must only take care to include the health-giving food items and eliminate the bad ones.
Two such health-giving food items are Karela and Jamun. People juice them together and drink it. To understand the benefits of Karela Jamun juice , we must study the individual benefits of each vegetable.
Benefits of KarelaJamun juice
- People seek Jamun especially the Kerala variety as a remedy for diabetes.
- Karela powder is taken often with other powders such as Neem powder to treat diabetes.
- They help to defeat allergies.
Benefit of Karela
Bitter gourd, to give Karela, its common name, is much sought after vegetable in Indian cooking. The reason is that it adds to the taste with its bitter flavour and has plenty of minerals and vitamins we need daily. The nutrition chart of the wonder vegetable Karela is as follows.
For 100 grams of Karela (this is a little over 2 cups) we have:
- Energy 34.36 Calories
- Carbohydrates 26.9 Calories
- Fats 1.43 Calories
- Proteins 2.53 Calories
Though low in calories, the bitter gourd has good amounts of fibre, zinc, and manganese. In addition, it has folate, vitamin C, and vitamin A. Among minerals, amounts of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and calcium is plentiful.
The action of Karela on the blood sugar occurs due to the phyto-nutrient polypeptide-P. And then it makes charantin, the hypoglycaemic agent that increases glucose uptake in the blood. They help reduce the effects of ageing and fight against cancer forming free radicals. These free radicals are oxygen starved.
To fight these dangerous elements, the bitter gourds have flavonoids, such as b-carotene, a-carotene, z-xanthin, and lutein. These destroy the agents that seek oxygen inside the body. Though not confirmed, the Karela might prove a positive method to treat HIV.
Benefit of Jamun
Jamun or the Indian blackberry is a tastier alternative to the bitter, but effective Karela juice. They lower the blood sugar levels. The health risks due to elevated blood sugar are reduced. This is due to the effect of jambolan, a glucoside present in Jamun juice. In addition, Jamun have low glycaemic index and so they lower the appetite and help with weight loss.
Ideally, one has to take 5 – 6 Jamun every morning. After you have your breakfast, take a mixture of one spoonful dried powder of Jamun seeds in milk, water, or curds. Similarly, have one spoonful in the evening after your evening tea.
Nutrition data of Jamun
For every 100 g of Jamun, we have:
- Energy 56 Calories
- Sodium 28 g
- Potassium 55.5 g
- Vitamin C 45% (of daily requirement)
- Calcium 2%
- Iron 4%
- Relieves stomach pain
- Reduces liver enlargement
- Relieves diarrhoea
- Helps if you have urine retention
To enjoy the benefits of KarelaJamun juice, one must have it daily. Keep the diet balanced and avoid excess sugar or fatty foods. You can live a healthy life easily.