Kokum is a tropical summer fruit with a sharp tangy taste. The small round kokum fruit is red in colour when on the tree but the colour changes to deep purple, almost blackish when it is ripe and dried. The kokum tree is indigenous and extensively found along the Western Ghats in India. You will find the dried kokum fruit is often used in various traditional preparations in the cuisines of this region mostly as a souring agent. Chilled kokum juice is had as a delicious and cooling summer drink. In fact all parts of the kokum fruit including its seeds is very rich in its nutritional content and has the power to benefit your body in many ways, building your natural immunity.
Did you know that this local summer fruit is power-packed with so much nourishment that it can give you some really great health benefits? Here are 7 health benefits of the kokum fruit that you may be surprised to learn about.
For long it has been known and advised to have kokum for good digestion and to soothe acidity attacks and those burning sensations in the heart and stomach due to indigestion. As per ayurveda, the dried kokum fruit, made into and consumed as kokum juice is a natural remedy to enhance the digestive agni or fire and improve the body’s pachan shakti or digestion.
The simple kokum fruit has a wonderful health benefit of easing your anxiety, calming your mind and uplifting your mood when you are feeling low. Consuming kokum helps increase the level of serotonin in your body; the mood-enhancing hormone which is responsible for making you feel positive and cheerful. When serotonin level increases, brain activity is stimulated and that helps to drive away stressful and negative emotions and feelings.
Studies have shown that kokum has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties. This is due to the presence of certain phenolic compounds in the kokum fruit. That is why kokum has several healing applications according to ayurveda. It is said that applying kokum to any allergy sores, swelling, cracks, cuts and even a burn injury can help to soothe and lessen the inflammation.
If you are struggling to manage your weight, along with following the recommended workouts and diets, do give kokum a try. This rind of this locally grown fruit is rich in hydroxycitric acid, a compound that can help you lose weight naturally. How you may ask? In many ways actually; it helps burn excess fat through oxidation, induces a feeling of fullness so you don’t feel too hungry and eat less. Plus kokum has zero fat itself and almost no calories at all. That is why it is great for helping you achieve your weight loss goals.
Including kokum in your diet can be very good if you have been diagnosed even as borderline diabetic. Kokum helps in managing blood sugar level because it contains antioxidant and anti-diabetic properties. It is therefore able to restore certain enzymes in the body that get reduced in the case of those who have type 2 diabetes. The nutrients and compounds in kokum also help to improve metabolism which means more effective digestion and better functioning of insulin, which is vital to keep blood glucose and diabetes in control.
The kokum fruit is a powerhouse of rich nutrients. Kokum is packed with many essential vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B3, vitamin C and minerals such as calcium, iron, manganese, potassium and zinc. It also contains a good amount of folic acid, ascorbic acid, acetic acid, hydroxycitric acid and fibre. So from building your immunity to helping in weight loss and much more, this unassuming fruit is extremely nourishing to keep you in overall good health.
Kokum is a summer fruit and kokum sherbet is one of the best natural drinks you can have in summer to prevent dehydration and chances of a heat stroke. This is because one of the key health benefits of kokum is its ability to cool down your entire system. The bright red kokum sherbet has cooling properties. It instantly refreshes and replenishes lost body fluids, leaving you energised and active even in peak summer temperatures.
Regular exercise and following a naturally well balanced diet with plenty of locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, is important for maintaining your fitness and health now and in the long run.
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