Health benefits of black plums
Also known as Syzygium jambolanum, Eugenia cumini and Eugenia jambolana , black plum is a sweet fruit, rich in potassium, magnesium and phosphorus, that is also known for its many medicinal uses, some of them as important as the anti-cancer and antiviral benefits that its extracts have exerted in some clinical trials and studies.
Eugenia jambolana seeds were used in Ayurvedic treatments to treat diabetic problems, and that's only the beginning, the medicinal uses of black plum fruit and its seeds go beyond, let's see some of them. Image left: See credits below .
Common name: Jambu, Syzygium cumini, Naval pazham, Neredupandu, Jamblang, Jambolan, Jambula, Black Plum, jamun, Damson Plum, Duhat Plum, Jambolan Plum, Java Plum, Portuguese Plum, Syzygium jambolanum, Eugenia cumini and Eugenia jambolana .
STUDIES AND CLINICAL TRIALS
Studies and clinical trials have shown how effective can black plum be for the treatment of diabetes mellitus , inflammation, ulcers and diarrhea, dysentery   possessing also:
- chemopreventive and
- radio-protective properties .
It has showed strong anti-bacterial properties, showing evidence that traditional methods claiming the use of black plum as an anti-bacterial agent have now some scientific evidence proving they were truth .
BLACK PLUMS AND ANTHOCYANINS
The anthocyanins, one of the active constituents found in black plum, is the pigment responsible for the red color and one of the reasons why black plum has also so many health benefits.
Some of these anthocyanins include delphinidin, cyanidin, petunidin, peonidin, and malvidin . Anthocyanins beneficial effects can certainly be attributed to their powerful antioxidative and anti-inflammatory activity.
BLACK PLUM PROPERTIES
BLACK PLUM AND BREAST CANCER
And last but not least, black plum extract inhibited and induces apoptosis of human breast cancer but not towards the normal MCF-10A breast cells , with which we can say Eugenia jambolana can be considered another potential natural remedy to help our fight against breast cancer.
BLACK PLUM ANTI-CANCER PROPERTIES
But the effectiveness of Syzygium jambolana (black plum), is not limited to breast cancer, other pre-clinical studies showed how black plum was able to exert other anti-neoplastic, chemopreventive and radioprotective properties .
EUGENIA JAMBOLANA EXTRACT AND SEED EXTRACTS FOR GASTRIC ULCERATION
The effects of Eugenia jambolana extracts in gastric ulceration have been studied in rats, mainly with the purpose of investigating if the claims that these extracts have a certain human digestive system protective effect were certain or not.
Among some of the studies done we can mention that at least one indicated the Eugenia jambolana exerted gastroprotective properties promoting mucosal defensive factors and antioxidant status and decreasing lipid peroxidation .
In a similar study, also performed on rats, Eugenia jambolana extract was proven to be effective in reversing the delayed healing of gastric ulcer .
These anti-oxidative effects from Eugenia jambolana seed extract are a consequence of the high content of flavonoids found in Eugenia jambolana seed extracts .
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