Jackfruit is a tree. People eat the fruit and seeds of jackfruit tree as food or as medicine.

Jackfruit is taken by mouth as an aphrodisiac or for diabetes.

Jackfruit paste is applied to the skin for poisonous bites.

Also, the wood of the jackfruit tree is used to make furniture or musical instruments.

How does it work ?

Jackfruit might help people with diabetes by lessening post-meal increases in blood sugar.

Uses & Effectiveness ?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Diabetes. Early research suggests that taking jackfruit extract before a meal may lessen post-meal increases in blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of jackfruit for these uses.

Side Effects

It isn't known if jackfruit is safe when taken as a medicine. The fruit of jackfruit might cause allergic reactions in some people.

Special Precautions and Warnings

It isn't known if jackfruit is safe when taken as a medicine. The fruit of jackfruit might cause allergic reactions in some people. Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of jackfruit during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Allergy to birch pollen or latex: Some people who are allergic to birch pollen or latex might also be allergic to jackfruit.

Diabetes: Jackfruit might lower blood sugar levels. There is a concern that it might affect blood sugar control in people with diabetes. The dose of diabetes medication might need to be changed.

Surgery: Jackfruit might cause too much drowsiness if combined with medications used during and after surgery. Stop taking jackfruit at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Interactions ?

    Moderate Interaction

    Be cautious with this combination

  • Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs) interacts with JACKFRUIT

    Jackfruit might lower blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking jackfruit with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to be too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.

    Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.

  • Sedative medications (CNS depressants) interacts with JACKFRUIT

    Jackfruit might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking jackfruit along with sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness.

    Some sedative medications include clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien), and others.


The appropriate dose of jackfruit for use as treatment depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for jackfruit. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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