Latin name: Syzygium cuminii (Linn.) Skeels, Eugenia jambolana Lam. (Myrtaceae)
Sanskrit/Indian name: Jambu, Rajajambu, Mahajambu, Badijamun, Phadena
Black Plum is available in abundance during the summer months in India. The ripe fruit has been used as a digestive stimulant and a carminative. Traditionally, Black Plums form an integral part of an Ayurvedic remedy to lower blood sugar levels in diabetic patients.
Therapeutic constituents:The fruit contains malic acid, which has blood sugar lowering properties. Malic acid also renders the fruit its anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains a small quantity of oxalic acid, gallic acid and tannins, which are antioxidants. Some alkaloids are also present in Black Plum, which give the fruit a bitter flavor. It is also a rich source of vitamins and minerals.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- The malic acid in Black Plum is responsible for lowering blood sugar levels.
- The fruit has anti-inflammatory properties, which alleviate joint aches due to rheumatism and arthritis.
- Black Plum also relieves stomach ailments.