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10 Surprising Health Benefits Of Jackfruit You Need To Know

10 Surprising Health Benefits Of Jackfruit You Need To Know

Finding solutions to today’s health issues, amongst which cancer and weight loss come at the top of the list of concerns, requires searching for natural resources that overcome these issues. And instead of having to deal with all the unwelcome side effects of medications, going back to nature’s elements whenever possible could be the answer. Many natural alternatives are being addressed every day, but here the highlight is on one of nature’s miracles – the benefits of Jackfruit for human health. Jackfruit is becoming increasingly popular nowadays as researches and studies on this fruit are continually revealing more and more health breakthroughs.

What is jackfruit and where is it found?

Jackfruit is an Asian tropical fruit that belongs to the family of Moraceae, which is normally found in tropical areas like Thailand, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and also in Brazil. It is considered the largest tree-borne fruit in the world with an average weight of 3.5kg to 10 kg and can reach up to 25kg. Jackfruit is sweet in taste and has a distinguishable and nice smell.

Nutrients and chemical facts of Jackfruit:

In addition to its sweet, nice, taste and smell, every part of this tree is medically beneficial including the bark, leaves, roots, flowers, pulps and seeds and each of these parts has its separate qualities. The growing stages of jackfruit also differ from each other and provide different therapeutic qualities. All of these facts and more to come are the reasons why jackfruit is very healthy and should be included in everyone’s diet.

The main nutrients and chemical facts of jackfruit that makes it the ideal fruit to look for are as follows:

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  • Jackfruit is infused with a diverse set of vitamins such as vitamin C and A, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, calcium, potassium (with 303 mg found per 100 g), iron, zinc, sodium and folic acid.
  • It is one of the few trees rich in B-complex group vitamins as well as vitamin B6.
  • It contains phytonutrient properties such as anti-cancer, anti-hypertensive, anti-ulcer and anti-inflammatories.
  • It’s a rich source of phytonutrients and phenolics.
  • It contains minerals, fiber, protein, and is free of fats and bad cholesterol.
  • It is antibacterial and antiviral which is a great support to the immune system.
  • It is low in calories .100 g of jackfruit only contains 94 calories.

Here are 10 ways in which Jackfruit acts as a miracle healer 

The breakthrough of jackfruit lies on its rich and unique components, as seen above, that have the ability for curing and providing solutions for various health concerns ranging from cancer to weight loss and more. Here are the 10 miraculous benefits for major health concerns:

1. Cancer healer

Due its richness with anti-oxidants and phytonutrient properties, plus its content of Vitamin C, jackfruit can cure different types of cancer such as lung cancer, breast cancer, gastric cancer, skin cancer and prostate cancer. These properties treat cell damage and develop resistance.

2. Weight loss agent

As obesity rates are on the rise, jackfruit can help in weight loss because it’s free of fat and low in calories that enable dieters to safely and comfortably consume it and fully benefit from all its other nutrients.

3. Blood pressure reducer

With its high amount of potassium, jackfruit reduces and controls blood pressure which consequently lowers the chances of heart attacks, strokes, and cardio-disorder in general.

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4. Digestion improver

Jackfruit contributes in improving the digestive system when eating it regularly due to its high content of fibers (3.6 g for every 100 g). It causes no stomach pain even if eaten in huge quantities and improves the bowel movement. It also protects the colon by removing carcinogenic chemicals out of the large intestine.

5. Insomnia curer

Sleeping disorders can be cured by eating jackfruit, due to its richness with magnesium and iron that assist in improving the overall quality of sleep. Magnesium also helps in preventing anemia which is one of the major causes of insomnia.

6. Diabetes friendly

Although extremely sweet in taste, jackfruits are safely consumed by diabetics because it slowly absorbs sugar into the bloodstream which enables diabetic patients to safely consume it while getting all its health benefits. It also increases glucose tolerance for both types of diabetes.

7. Eye and skin maintainer

With its richness of vitamin A, jackfruit is good for maintaining healthy eye sight as it enhances eye vision and acts as a preventer against cataract and macular degeneration. It’s also regarded as an active anti-aging component for skin radiance. It protects damaged skin caused by sun exposure and treats wrinkles.

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8. Ulcer healer

As typical drugs for ulcer medication leave several side effects, jackfruit is the best way to treat ulcer disorder because it contains powerful anti-ulcerative, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

9. Bone supporter

For a good supplement of calcium for healthy bones, eating jackfruit is highly recommended. Besides calcium, it contains vitamin C and magnesium which further assists in calcium absorption.

10. Nerve system booster

Fatigue, stress and muscle weakness can also be treated by consuming jackfruit in daily diet for its rich content of vitamins such as thiamine and niacin (A portion of 100 g of jackfruit pulp provides 4 mg of niacin). It is also a perfect source of energy.

This is definitely not everything about jackfruit as researches are still being conducted for more results and discoveries of its unique properties that will provide more solutions for urgent health issues.

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What more can anyone ask for?

As usual, nature is the ultimate provider of health solutions. The sweet and delicious jackfruit is simply one of nature’s many miracles. With its rich, diverse and active components, jackfruit largely contributes in curing several health issues related to today’s era, especially such issues as cancer, weight loss, diabetes, blood pressure, and the nerve system. Additionally, it makes the skin look prettier and healthier. Therefore, making jackfruit an addition to one’s diet helps promote the well-being of the body to function well from the inside and look fabulous from the outside. What more can anyone asks for? So, start eating jackfruit now.

If you want to know more about the benefits of jackfruit, check out these references here and here.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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