Naval Pazham seed is an effective medicine against diabetes and their powder is widely used in India to control diabetes. It has a low glycaemic index, lowered risk of secondary complications, making it a good option for diabetics.
The Naval Pazham seed is also used in Ayurveda to treat digestive ailments like flatulence, abdominal pain and dysentery. The leaves and bark are have been traditionally used for controlling blood pressure and gingivitis as well as to treat diarrhoea and ulcers. They also known for their anti-bacterial properties and are being used for treating oral health problems. Jamun fruits are a good source calcium, iron, potassium and Vitamin C, helps in boosting immunity and bone strength, useful in the troubles of heart and liver.
“There is a very famous legend that is associated with Naval Pazham and Auvaiyar, a prominent female poet of Sangam period (Tamil literature) in Tamil Nadu. Once, weary of hunger and thirst, Avvaiyar stood under a jamun tree pondering her retirement from Tamil literary work as she thought that she has done everything. Lord Muruga (regarded as one of the guardian deities of the Tamil language), was sitting on its branches disguised as a shepherd boy.
Avvaiyar asked him to shake the tree and give her some fruits. He asked her whether she wanted ‘sutta pazham’ (hot) or ‘sudatha pazham’ (not hot). The wise old lady did not understand. She asked him to give her ‘Sudatha Pazham’. There was a shower of ripe jamuns. As Avvaiyar picked them, she blew on the fruits to remove the dust. The shepherd laughed and said, “Grandma! Are the fruits so hot that you are blowing on them?” Avvaiyar was stunned. She realised that she was outwitted by a shepherd boy, who later revealed himself and made her realise that there was still a lot more to be done and learnt. Following this awakening, Avvaiyar is believed to have undertaken a fresh set of literary works for children”.
Jambolan is an ancient medicinal plant with an illustrious medical history and has been the subject of classical reviews for over 100 years. The Jamun seeds are claimed to contain alkaloid, jambosine, and glycoside jambolin or antimellin, which halts the diastatic conversion of starch into sugar and seed extract has lowered blood pressure by 34.6% and this action is attributed to the ellagic acid content.
The seeds have been reported to be rich in flavonoids, a well-known antioxidant, which accounts for the scavenging of free radicals and protective effect on antioxidant enzymes and also found to have high total phenolics with significant antioxidant activity and are fairly rich in protein and calcium.
The seed extract is used to treat cold, cough, fever and skin problems such as rashes and the mouth, throat, intestines and genitourinary tract ulcers (infected by Candida albicans) by the villagers of Tamil Nadu.
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