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Jackfruit is a tropical tree fruit grown in Asia, Africa, and South America. Under its thick, bumpy rind is a stringy flesh that you can eat raw or cooked in a variety of dishes. Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world.
Jackfruit contains substances called phytochemicals, such as flavonoids, saponins, and tannins. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, many phytochemicals have antioxidant properties, which means that they may help to counter the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules that occur naturally in the body and can damage cells. This damage, known as oxidative stress, may play a role in the development of several chronic diseases, including cancer. Phytochemicals may also prevent new blood vessels from growing around cancerous cells. A lack of blood vessels reduces the cells’ blood supply and growth. A 2017 study found that jackfruit seed extracts inhibited the growth of induced, ectopic blood vessels in chicken embryos. The researchers noted that the effect may result from the combination of flavonoids, saponins, and tannins in the extracts and that jackfruit extract may have potential as a future anticancer therapy.
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