Breadnut an ancestor to breadfruit is a species of tree belonging to the flowering Moraceae family. Other fruits of the same family are mulberries and figs. The botanical name of breadnut is Brosimum alicastrum. It is also commonly called as Maya nut. The little ones are green in color and the elder form is brown in color.
The skin of the Breadnut has blunt spikes. Breadnuts are not nuts at all, but are fruits. When the seeds of breadnuts are roasted and consumed, they taste like chocolate or coffee, which can be powdered to make a beverage or can be eaten in the roasted form. When they are boiled, they taste as eating mashed potatoes.
Nutritional content of Breadnuts is very high. It is packed with all the essential nutrients required by the body for perfect functioning, namely Vitamin A, C and B-complex, fiber, potassium, iron, proteins zinc, carbohydrates and calcium.
Health Benefits of Breadnut
Breadnut is a rich source of amino acids. One of the essential acids is histidine. Histidine in the body is a basic requirement for sexual incitement. Hence, intake of Breadnut histidine is found to be helpful with respect to it.
Breadnut Histidine is noted for its pain relieving properties in rheumatoid arthritis. It is found to be beneficial in lowering the allergic reaction in the prophylaxis of low RBC and Hemoglobin levels in the blood.
Lowers the risk of heart diseases
Breadnut Histidine is also promoting the widening of the blood vessels, hence has been believed to lower the potential risks of heart disorders.
Reinforces the Immune System
Another noted nutrient that Breadnut has in abundance is Vitamin-C. Vitamin-C is a natural antioxidant and has always been recognized for its healing and protective properties.
Vitamin-C, commonly known as ascorbic acid is normally found in breadnuts and citrus fruits. It helps in building the immune system by attacking the nucleus of the virus. It fights with the virus until it is dead.
Ascorbic acid assists in ameliorating the free radicals created due to the oxidation process, assisting the immune system to be functioning better to fight against the permeating microbes, viruses and bacteria.
Tunes the Blood Glucose Levels
Breadnut is rich in manganese, another essential micronutrient that is very beneficial for the human body, though required in lesser quantities. Manganese has proven and shown its results in the control of the blood glucose levels in the body.
Manganese promotes the normal functioning of the pancreas, by stimulating normal and required secretion of insulin to maintain and break down sugar in the body.
It also helps in regulating the blood sugar levels when they fall below the normal levels, hence, it is recommended to increase the intake of manganese if you are diabetic.
Breadnut is now being encouraged to grow and a complete support is provided by the many organizations across the globe to retrieve a better fount of food and to encourage the culture of the Mayans.