Jackfruit is a tropical fruit commonly found in South America, India, Africa, and Asia. It grows on a tree. It is an evergreen tree that can grow up to 30 meters tall. The jackfruit tree is known for its large size and impressive appearance, with a broad canopy of leaves and large, oblong fruit that can weigh up to 100 pounds. The tree is drought-resistant and can grow in tropical climates, making it an important food source in many parts of the world. Jackfruit is a superfood based on its incredible vitamin and mineral profile consisting of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, riboflavin, magnesium, manganese, copper, calcium, and potassium as well as fiber, protein, and phytochemicals to name a few!
Like many other fruits a powerful antioxidant. Some people say it tastes like something between a pineapple and mango, however, this is up for debate based on your taste buds. When cooked, it tastes much different. There are recipes for vegan tacos and other meaty foods that employ jackfruit since it has the right texture as a meat alternative.
Artocarpus Heterophyllus fruit extract (aka jackfruit extract) has been used in traditional medicine quite frequently due to its antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic qualities. The ‘meat’ of the fruit is usually eaten, but it can also be used topically. Jackfruit extract is very high in vitamins C and A, two popular nutrients used for skin care. I have created a face cream that I call a “sleep mask” that you can put on at night and give yourself some beauty sleep! I’ll share more about this down below.
Jackfruit is one of the largest tree-borne fruits in the world and can weigh anywhere from 10 to 100 pounds, with an average weight of around 20 to 30 pounds. Some jackfruits can be as small as a few pounds, while others can be as large as 80 to 100 pounds. The size can vary greatly depending on its variety, growing conditions, and location. Compare that with the size of a cantaloupe which averages about 3 pounds, or a mango which is about 12 ounces! These are pretty large fruits!
1. How Jackfruit Works to Heal Your Skin
It’s amazing to think you can transform your skin while you sleep but I believe you can. Jackfruit contains vitamin C and antioxidants which are great for the skin and have been seen to slow the aging of your skin as well as fight to neutralize free radicals that are responsible for aging. Vitamin C is vital for collagen production, which you already know helps firm the skin and keep it looking youthful.
Not only that, but vitamins A and C also help to repair wounds and aid in skin damage from sun damage and UVA/UVB rays. This means that inflammation in the skin is reduced, and wrinkles are less likely to form. All of this and more simply means that skincare products that contain jackfruit extract will improve skin tone and reduce wrinkle formation due to the antioxidant power. If you’d like to watch a VIDEO of me explaining more about the skin benefits of jackfruit, and my newest “sleep mask” please CLICK HERE. You put it on at bedtime like a night cream and wake up to softer, more firm/elastic skin!
The compounds found in my new face cream “Sleeping with Jack” (see below) can help hydrate and revitalize dry, dull skin, leaving it looking and feeling refreshed. It just helps restore the skin’s natural radiance, but it does so while you sleep!
2. How Jackfruit Helps with Scalp Infections and Dandruff
Jackfruit is sold in the produce department of many stores depending on where you live. It’s not really common in the USA though, unless you go to a special market that imports it. People have used jackfruit to improve scalp health. When the fruit is applied directly to the scalp and allowed to soak in for a bit, you’ll find that your skin up there has a healthier feel. Since one of the methods for saturating one’s scalp can be done by soaking Jackfruit seeds overnight to obtain their vitamins and minerals and then applying said paste to your head along your hair’s roots and letting it soak in for about a half-hour. This can be a rather sticky situation, so I recommend applications before your shower.
As for the proteins found in the jackfruit itself, they’re great for your skin, nails, and hair because of the protein profile, which may I add is remarkable, especially in comparison to other fruits like mango or banana. Jackfruit has a whopping 3 grams of protein, much higher than other fruits! But it’s also incredibly beneficial when ingested!
As for dandruff, there is limited scientific evidence to support the idea that jackfruit can stop dandruff. However, some people believe that eating jackfruit or using topical potions that contain extracts can improve the health of the scalp and reduce the symptoms of dandruff. This may work because it is a reliable source of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that can promote scalp health.
That being said, I’d recommend the products sold at health food stores and pharmacies as your most effective way to treat dandruff! There are a variety of over-the-counter (and natural) dandruff-relief products in the form of shampoos and conditioners. They contain antifungal and anti-inflammatory ingredients which address the root cause much better than putting jackfruit on your head! If you are concerned about serious cases of dandruff, it is best to talk to a dermatologist or a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.
3. Benefits of Eating Jackfruit
For one it’s good and it’s sustainable. Some people say it tastes like something between pineapple and mango. When cooked as a meat alternative, it takes on the flavor of the spices you use. I found a picture of someone’s curry that they made using prawns and jackfruit.
Jackfruit itself, and jackfruit extract contains many phytochemicals and antioxidants that support and boost immune system health and functioning. It also increases white blood cell production (which protects against viruses and foreign bacteria).
The simple sugars contained in Jackfruit are absorbed by our bodies and converted to energy. The calcium and magnesium in Jackfruit are great for bone health and muscle cramps. So eating Jackfruit may help with aches and pains. For those with osteoporosis or osteopenia, you may be interested to know that jackfruit has all the right minerals (including zinc, manganese, copper, and phosphorus) to promote bone health and healing. You may be interested in this article that has more information posted at the site for the CLEVELAND CLINIC.
In case this wasn’t impressive enough, the potassium found in this exotic fruit reduces hypertension and helps to regulate blood pressure.
What is Sleeping with Jack?
This is my custom formula and I’ve named it “Sleeping with Jack” and it is a face cream that you apply at night before bedtime. That’s why I call it a “sleep mask” but it’s not a mask, it’s a lovely cream that you rub on like any other moisturizer.
Sleeping with Jack sleep mask contains extracts of jackfruit to give you topical benefits. As you’ve just learned, the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds provide skincare benefits that are difficult to explain here. We always talk about getting our “beauty sleep” and my new formula gives meaning to that! You just have to try it and see:
This is what Sleeping with Jack sleep mask can do for you:
- Promotes nighttime repair and renewal: Utilizing your skin’s natural nighttime recovery rhythms, Sleeping with Jack sleep mask helps repair, renew and increase radiance for a healthy glow.
- Contains natural ingredients: Jackfruit extract and Hyaluronic Acid are included in the formula, providing natural and potent benefits for the skin. Argan oil is moisturizing, caffeine is brightening and niacinamide brightens the skin and helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Improves skin hydration: The cream provides rich, non-greasy moisture for immediate and long-lasting hydration to quench and revitalize dry skin. Do not rinse off.
- Targets multiple layers of skin: The 4 different types of hyaluronic acid in Sleeping with Jack targets all layers of your skin, providing numerous pathways to plump, soften, fill in fine lines, and volumize.
- Mimics skin’s natural moisturizing factor: A natural disaccharide/protein blend mimics the skin’s own moisturizing factor to smooth, soothe, and hydrate.
- This formula is sustainable due to the inclusion of sustainable Jackfruit (extract) which grows easily and is enjoyed around the world.
Sleeping with Jack will get everyone’s attention! It will help you revitalize tired, dull, dry skin. It will make skin soft and supple. It smells great and goes on smoothly. It will help reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and hydrate and plump your skin, making it look radiant and beautiful. You will notice the difference after the first application.
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Suzy Cohen, has been a licensed pharmacist for over 30 years and believes the best approach to chronic illness is a combination of natural medicine and conventional. She founded her own dietary supplement company specializing in custom-formulas, some of which have patents. With a special focus on functional medicine, thyroid health and drug nutrient depletion, Suzy is the author of several related books including Thyroid Healthy, Drug Muggers, Diabetes Without Drugs, and a nationally syndicated column.