Jamun juice benefits for diabetics are extremely well known, but there is a lot more to this juice.
What is jamun juice?
It is that sugary concoction that is extracted from the violet fruits of jamun.
It has been a hit amongst grandmothers who always insisted us eat jamuns as a kid.
This is what it looks like:
How to make jamun juice?
There are three steps to make jamun juice.
- Wash the jamun fruit thoroughly
- Put the fruit in a blender and blend on high
Some things that you should take care of while making Jamun juice:
- You do not have to take the seeds out. It is rich in many nutrients such as carbohydrates, sugar, fat, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and minerals, including sodium, potassium, calcium and iron. This can help with:
- Getting in a good dose of nutrients you might be lacking behind
- Lose weight
- Flush out harmful toxins
- Blend the whole fruit. The skin and the pulp will get all the fibres and the nutrients which are so essential for everyday life
- Add sweeteners if you don’t like the tartness. We recommend sweeteners like jaggery or honey. These not only add mineral value to it but also give the juice a very nice taste.
PRO TIP: A little black salt can help you enhance the sweetness.
You can enjoy the juice cold or room temperature.
We recommend you drink it with a spoonful of ice to also enable the cooling effect. Do not warm it up – high amounts of heat can destroy its vitamin C content.
How much jamun juice to drink daily?
100 ml of Jamun juice everyday is good, irrespective of your personal goals.
Drinking less will not give you the required nutrients, since it is 93% water (i.e more water-dense than nutrient-dense).
Drinking excess can have certain side effects which are discussed below.
When to drink jamun juice?
Drinking jamun juice after any meal is highly effective.
Recommended time difference between meals and jamun juice: 30 minutes.
The ascorbic acid content is quite high.
- In pulp: 49.75 +- 2.17 mg
- In seeds 1.84 +- 0.14 mg
This is great for absorbing the iron content that comes with the meal you just ate.
If you don’t drink jamun juice within the 30 minutes time frame, the absorption of iron in your body will be hindered.
- If you drink too late- The ascorbic acid from jamun juice will be broken down through metabolism.
- If you drink too early- the ascorbic acid absorption will not be in action. Moreover, it can cause gastric issues due to high acidic nature.
Drinking this juice on an empty stomach is not recommended owing to its highly acidic nature (around 3.4 in the pH scale). It can lead to:
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Stomach ache
4 key benefits of jamun juice
Great for blood sugar control
- The seeds of jamun contains glucoside “Jamboline”. This compound is antidiabetic in nature, which helps:
- Reduce blood sugar levels
- Control diabetes
Jamun has stomachic, carminative and diuretic effects. All of these combined help:
- Give a cooling effect on stomach and preventing acidity
- Stimulate healthy digestive patterns of stomach
It is also high on fibers which help:
- Improve bowel movements
- Prevent constipation or other chronic bowel issues such as IBS.
Good for skin
Jamun juice can be effective for skin through direct application and by drinking it.
Rich in vitamin C, daily consumption of jamun juice can help reduce blemishes and diminish acne marks.
Moreover, its high antioxidant properties help to detoxify and purify blood that makes your skin glow from inside.
Rich in astringent properties, jamun applied on skin protects the skin from blemishes, pimples, wrinkles and acne.
Face packs made using jamun paste have been noted to regulate the amount of oil produced on the skin, giving it a moisturizing effect.
This in turn also helps control dark spots, pigmentation and dry skin.
Good for hair
Jamun juice is also rich in antibacterial properties. Applying it on your hair as a hair mask can help:
- Keep the scalp clean
- Fight off bacteria that can produce toxins on scalp, and could otherwise result in weakening of hair roots i.e. hairfall
- Prevent dandruff
When you drink it, the antioxidant properties help flush out any toxins or free harmful radicals from your body, resulting in better blood flow.
This in turn can help you with better blood circulation in the scalp and give you healthier hair.
The juice is also particularly rich in hair-friendly phytochemicals like Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Biotin.
2 side effects of jamun juice
Despite the numerous benefits, jamun juice comes with a couple of side effects.
Excess consumption may lead to internal inflammation
Excess consumption of jamun juice can lead internal inflammation. This may cause:
- Acne on skin
Drinking on empty stomach may cause discomfort
Jamun juice is hypoglycemic (meaning it may lower blood sugar). If you drink too much on an empty stomach, it is common to feel dizzy or fatigued.
How much does jamun juice cost?
A bottle of ready made jamun juice costs around Rs. 150/- on an average.
Making it at home can be a better way ( only @ Rs. 9/- per serving)
Here’s the math:
1 kg jamun costs around = Rs. 145/-
With around 64g jamun, you can get= 100 ml jamun juice.
This means, 1kg of jamun can give you: 1563 ml juice. Therefore, 1 L homemade juice can cost you: Rs. 92.77 ( which means only Rs. 9.3 per serving)
This is way cheaper than the store bought jamun juice at Rs. 145!
Other beneficial factors are:
- You usually cannot find jamun juice on its own. It’s always a mixture of karela, amla or aloe vera. With homemade juice you can get pure 100% jamun juice.
- You can also consume the pulp and the seeds, without any wastage
- No tension of preservatives!
- You can adjust the taste as per your liking!
- Add black salt or sweetener if it’s too tart. Some sweeteners we recommend you for their mineral content are- jaggery syrup, honey, unmilled sugar.
However, some of the drawbacks are:
- Extra labor for making the juice
- Extra resources ( such as dishes and electricity for blender
- Jamun is a seasonal fruit, available mostly during June- October. Hence it isn’t always available at all times.
If you wish to buy yourself a bottle of jamun juice, here are some market options:
|Zindagi Jamun Juice||Rs. 259||1L|
|Krishna Jamun Juice||Rs. 165||500ml|
|B Naturals Jamun Juice||Rs. 96||1L|
|Swadeshi Juice||Rs. 185||1L|
Frequently Asked Questions
Is jamun high in sugar?
If we are talking about unhealthy refined sugars- NO.
Jamun is high in Glucose and fructose. These are organic sugars, hence, they metabolise in the body and convert into energy.
Moreover, jamun is rich in many other nutrients such as
- vitamin C and B6
Hence, it is a good fruit holistically.
Can we eat jamun on an empty stomach?
Jamun must not be consumed on an empty stomach.
It may cause fatigue by dropping your fasting blood sugar levels.
The acidity of jamun juice, though, may help balance stomach acid for some people, just like curd.
Can we eat jamun with milk?
Due to jamun’s natural sour and acidic properties, it must not be consumed with milk.
The milk can ferment inside the gut, causing acidity and gas.
Can jamun be eaten at night?
Yes, jamun can be eaten at night.
The sweet and sour flavour makes it a favourite dessert among most of the indians. There are no proven harms of eating jamun at night.
Can we drink water after eating jamun?
Yes. There is no problem with drinking water after eating Jamun.
You will still accrue jamun juice benefits.