Jamun Seed Powder ~ Diet for Diabetics!

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I am sure as a kid you would remember eating this delicious fruit! For me, the memories were mostly on the lines of climbing the branches of a very huge tree in our friends house. And watching my friends climb up the tree while I wait eagerly down for my share of plum, juicy Nava Pazham. I wasn't big on climbing trees, so allowed myself just the share of playing the guard and share the bounty with them.

Somehow our memories of our wonderful childhood never leaves us right. Though after so many years, I could very well lay hands on even plumper and juicer Jamuns, those from memory refuses to pass. And every time I pop in one to enjoy those memories of a 7 yrs old comes back haunting! And to imagine those lovely ones are not only tasty but are so healthy makes it all the more dear.

As part of the diet for diabetics, Jamuns are one of the fruits that a diabetic can eat without hesitation. Not only are the fruit so healthy, the Jamun seed powder is very good for diabetes.

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"Jambul (Syzygium cumini) is an evergreen tropical tree in the flowering plant family Myrtaceae native to Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Indonesia. It is also known as Jamun, Nerale Hannu, Njaval, Jamblang, Jambolan, Black Plum, Damson Plum, Duhat Plum, Jambolan Plum, Java Plum or Portuguese Plum. "Malabar plum" may also refer to other species of Syzygium.

Jamun trees start flowering from March to April. The flowers of Jamun are fragrant and small, about 5 mm in diameter. The fruits develop by May or June and resemble large berries. The fruit is oblong, ovoid, starts green and turns pink to shining crimson black as it matures. A variant of the tree produces white coloured fruit. The fruit has a combination of sweet, mildly sour and astringent flavour and tends to colour the tongue purple. The seed is also used in various alternative healing systems like Ayurveda (to control diabetes, for example), Unani and Chinese medicine for digestive ailments. The leaves and bark are used for controlling blood pressure and gingivitis. Wine and vinegar are also made from the fruit. It has a high source in vitamin A and vitamin C." - Source Wiki

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Diabetics are advised to consume 1 tsp of this jamun seed powder in empty stomach early morning. Lets see how we can prepare this powder.

There are two ways of making this powder, one with drying in sun and the other without by dry roast the seeds.

Sun Dried Jamun Seeds Powder

Once you eat the fleshy part of the fruit, wash the seeds and dry in sun for a week. By then you will have really dry seed, whose outer skin will peel off and inside berry would be more like a pistachio.

You can pound the seeds along with the outer skin and make into a fine powder. Since this is sun dried, it becomes really hard and your mixer blades might go for a toss if you try to make a powder of it! So take caution to pound it into smaller pieces before running in the food processor or mixer.

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Once you have a fine powder, store it in a container and eat 1 tsp first thing in the morning on empty stomach.

Powder from wet seeds

The powder can also be made immediately after you wash off the flesh.

Heat a pan, and dry roast the seeds till they turn crispy. Pound them into fine powder and store for consumption.

The only difference I found in this method is, at times it becomes difficult to get it roasted well and dry.

Choice is your, but consume a teaspoon of Jamun powder for a better management of Diabetes!


14 comments :

Vani July 29, 2009 at 3:24 AM  

My grandfather's house had one of these trees - a really big one. We'd pick fallen fruits and eat them. Good stuff. Had no idea they were so useful for diabetics.

jayasree July 29, 2009 at 10:04 AM  

Very useful info and new to me. Never knew about the benefits of jamuns for diabetics.

KALVA July 30, 2009 at 7:54 AM  

should let my dad know abt this!!

Khanh December 11, 2009 at 9:35 PM  

Where can I buy the Jamun seed powder?

M A J Jeyaseelan May 21, 2010 at 7:41 PM  

I simply eat the seed also while eating the fruit. One can easily eat one out of every three or four jamuns with seeds. You would not even know that you have eaten the seeds too. Why take the trouble of drying the seeds, powdering them and storing them.

Of course always keep a glass of water handy while eating jamuns. If were eating these in a hurry, your food pipe might get choked too. Just take a glass of water to wash the pulp down

Shankar (Chennai) September 13, 2010 at 7:49 AM  

I have high count of diabetes...running into 160 (fasting) and about 230 (PP). I have been trying all sorts of medicines to reduce the sugar count in my blood. I also inject insulin 2 times a day to keep the sugar under control. The above counts that I have mentioned is inspite of using insulin. I was frustrated and at my wits end since doctor continued to increase insulin dosage starting from 12 units in 2007 to now 22 (Sept 2010) in the morning and another 22 in the evening.

Recently my wife suggested that why not try fenugreek seeds (methi seeds). She used to put a tea spoon of seeds in a cup and soak in water overnight. In the morning I used to drink the water immediately after brushing my teeth. I did find that there was marginal improvement in my sugar count and it was useful- although not too much. Then she suggested why not try jamun/jambul seed powder. I was a bit skeptical...I thought it might be bitter or bad tasting (I do not like bitter stuff like karela juice etc). However, I went to local market, specially to Ayurvedic shop selling such stuff, and bought a small bottle of jamun powder (still skeptical). Next day I had the powder (half tea spoon) in slightly warm water right after brushing my teeth. After breakfast (2 hours) I measured my sugar count...it was 151 (PP) dropped from 210. I was happy- but still skeptical and not sure if this powder had really reduced my sugar count. After taking powder for 2 days in the morning, I again measured my sugar count. In the morning (fasting) it had become 151, but after breakfast (PP) it became 102!!! I was really stunned and pleasantly surprised. I was still no sure and it was hard for me to believe!!! Then I decided to change the timing. Instead of having the powder in the morning, I decided to use the powder (with a little water) at 7.00pm in the evening to see if it had any effect in my sugar count in the morning (fasting). After 2 days I measured my count and, yes, definitely the count had reached 109 from 151. I am now absolutely convinced about the magical effects of the jamun powder and intend to take half tea spoon in the morning and also half teaspoon in the evening to control the sugar. I will also be reducing my insulin units from 22 to 10 or 12 over the next 2 months to see if the powder can control the sugar level even without insulin.

As part of my research and by talking to other friends and relatives who have diabetes, I realized that each individual has a different requirement. For some fenugreek seeds work wonders and for some it does not work. For some jamun powder works and for some it may not work. Therefore someone will tell you karela juice, fenugreek seeds or jamun powder. But you will have to experiment yourself and find out what is most suitable for you.

Shankar (Chennai) September 13, 2010 at 7:51 AM  

I have high count of diabetes...running into 160 (fasting) and about 230 (PP). I have been trying all sorts of medicines to reduce the sugar count in my blood. I also inject insulin 2 times a day to keep the sugar under control. The above counts that I have mentioned is inspite of using insulin. I was frustrated and at my wits end since doctor continued to increase insulin dosage starting from 12 units in 2007 to now 22 (Sept 2010) in the morning and another 22 in the evening.

Recently my wife suggested why not try jamun/jambul seed powder. I was a bit skeptical...I thought it might be bitter or bad tasting (I do not like bitter stuff like karela juice etc). However, I bought a small bottle of jamun powder (still skeptical). Next day I had the powder (half tea spoon) in slightly warm water right after brushing my teeth. After breakfast (2 hours) I measured my sugar count...it was 151 (PP) dropped from 210. I was happy- but still skeptical and not sure if this powder had really reduced my sugar count. After taking powder for 2 days in the morning, I again measured my sugar count. In the morning (fasting) it had become 151, but after breakfast (PP) it became 102!!! I was really stunned and pleasantly surprised. I was still no sure and it was hard for me to believe!!! Then I decided to change the timing. Instead of having the powder in the morning, I decided to use the powder (with a little water) at 7.00pm in the evening to see if it had any effect in my sugar count in the morning (fasting). After 2 days I measured my count and, yes, definitely the count had reached 109 from 151. I am now absolutely convinced about the magical effects of the jamun powder and intend to take half tea spoon in the morning and also half teaspoon in the evening to control the sugar. I will also be reducing my insulin units from 22 to 10 or 12 over the next 2 months to see if the powder can control the sugar level even without insulin.

Srivalli September 24, 2010 at 2:52 PM  

Shankar,

Thank you so much for stopping by and writing so much in detail on the benefits of Jamun Seeds. I am sure everyone who reads this will be so benefited.

karuna March 22, 2012 at 1:48 AM  

Thank you Mr.Shankar for the testim`ony,yes even i 've eperienced the wonders of Fenugreekseeds,karela and jamun poweder.Even Avacado fruit and Flaxseeds are also known to reduce Bad cholestrol.Thank God for all the wonderful natural foods He has given us.

Anonymous March 25, 2012 at 3:00 AM  

Very informative!
Thanks to the admin, Shankar to put this invaluable info to diabetics..

mian younis September 22, 2012 at 10:08 PM  

Thank you Mr.Shankar

gmail.com June 30, 2013 at 4:23 PM  

DEAR SHANKAR,

i am very fond of Jamun fruit and have been taking durind the season. Now I have decided to introduce jamun seed powder to control my diabetes. I have noted to post my results.

s.m.nagpal

Anonymous August 14, 2013 at 8:17 AM  

I am what is called a recently diagnosed 'pre-diabetic', and have tried a few things recently to reduce the numbers to stay within range. I find when I have one teaspoon of jamun powder dissolved in a little water before going to bed, the sugar level fasting the next morning is down to the 90's from the early 100's (106). Definitely working for me.
We need some scientific tests done though to confirm results.

Guru April 17, 2014 at 8:16 AM  

I like the idea of Mr M A Jeeyaseelan above to eat jamun seeds after four five jamun. I have tried that and its taste nice and fresh so I am eating after four five jamun one seed too very interesting way of enjoying seeds too.

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