Blackberries (or Jamun) is a a commonly cultivated plant in various parts of Asia, Mexico and many parts of Europe. With a slightly sweet and tart flavour, the taste of this fruit stands apart. The fruit can be eaten raw and sometimes with a little salt too! When ripe, it tastes sweet and is used in a variety of desserts.
Nutrition information and properties
Black berry is known for its various properties that include diuretic, anti-diarrhea and anti-diabetic properties. In addition, these berries are rich in phytochemicals such as phenol, terpenes and vitamins C and small amounts of vitamin A. These make a great choice for those on a diet since they are very low in sugar and have good amounts of dietary fibre.
Role of blackberries in treating diabetes
Blackberry seed remedy
While blackberry fruit is good for those with diabetes, seeds have been found to be more useful. A simple home remedy using blackberry seeds can reduce diabetes significantly.
- Take fresh seeds of blackberry and grind them along with little water into a rough paste.
- In a vessel, boil water and add these ground seeds.
- Allo the water to boil for some time so that the extract of the seeds comes out well.
- Switch off and allow to cool.
- Strain and drink this tea (preferably without honey or palm sugar for obtaining maximum benefit).
Just a single dose of this tea can reduce blood sugar levels significantly. Drink 200 ml of this tea twice a week for long term results.
Note: We do not recommend this remedy for gestational diabetes. Women with gestational diabetes are advised to follow the below ‘blackberry fruit remedy’ instead.
Blackberry fruit remedy
- Wash unripe blackberries. (Partially ripe ones will also work. Use just two or three fruits.)
- De-seed the berries.
- Blend along with its thin skin into a smooth juice.
- Add half a teaspoon of honey to this juice and drink.
- You can also eat partially ripe fruits.
A note here for women with gestational diabetes – This remedy was suggested by my dietitian when I suffered from GD. It worked well for me but unfortunately it triggered common cold because apparently I was allergic to it. So before you dive into a bowl of black berries, eat just one or two fruits and see if it agrees with you and if yes, you can safely eat one fruit a day for significant results.
Blackberry vinegar remedy
You can make blackberry vinegar at home or buy it from a store. Here is the basic method of making it at home.
- Take half a kg of partially ripe blackberries.
- In a bowl, pour cider vinegar and put the berries in it.
- Cover the bowl.
- Allow the berries to soak in the vinegar or 4 to 5 days.
- Uncover and strain well to get blackberry vinegar.
This vinegar has anti-diabteic properties. Use this in salads and other dishes for at least two of your meals each day and you can prevent diabetes mellitus.
Blackberry and bitter gourd remedy
Both blackberries and bitter gourds are known for their effects on reducing blood sugar levels. This is pretty strong and we advise you to consume this not more than once a week.
- Make dried bitter gourd chops. (You can buy the ones available in the store or you can chop and sun dry bitter gourd at home)
- Take equal proportion of dried bitter gourd, blackberry seeds and fenugreek seeds. (around 25 g of each will suffice)
- Dry grind all of these together into a coarse powder.
You can make a tea with this powder and drink once a week.
Blackberry leaf tea remedy
The leaves and bark of blackberry true have anti-diabetic properties too. While the leaves aren’t as effective as the seeds, you can still drink a mild tea made of its leaves for reducing blood sugar levels.
- Take fresh blackberry leaves ( 7 – 10 leaves)
- Grind the leaves roughly using a grinding stone.
- In a vessel, boil water.
- Add the ground leaves to the boiling water and allow it to boil for a few minutes.
- Allow to cool down a bit and strain it well.
- Drink after adding half a teaspoon of honey.
You can drink this twice or thrice a week.
As long as you stick to the recommended dosage,Blackberries (jamun) will do no harm.
Always try little of the fruit and check if you are allergic to it.
Some may be affected by stomach problems when consuming larger doses.
If you are trying out the remedy with blackberry leaves or bark, check out the recommended dosage and stick to it.