Breadfruit is a tree. Breadfruit roots, leaves, and latex are used to make medicine.

Breadfruit root and leaves are taken by mouth for arthritis, asthma, back pain, diabetes, fever, gout, high blood pressure, liver disease, and toothaches. Breadfruit latex is taken by mouth for diarrhea and stomach pain.

Breadfruit root and leaves are applied to the skin for boils, burns, ear infections, herpes, skin infections, sore or tired eyes, and thrush. Breadfruit latex is applied to the skin for broken bones, sprains, and sciatica.

The seeds and fruit of breadfruit are eaten as foods.

How it works

Breadfruit might lower blood pressure by decreasing heart rate and weakening the force of heart muscle contractions.


Not Proven
Back pain
High blood pressure
Leg weakness and pain (sciatica)
Liver disease
Stomach pain
Wound healing
Other conditions


There isn't enough information available to know if breadfruit is safe as a medicine or what the side effects might be.



Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of breadfruit as a medicine duringpregnancyandbreast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.Are there any interactions with medications?

Bleeding disorders: There is concern that breadfruit might increase the risk of bleeding. Don't use breadfruit as a medicine if you have a bleeding disorder.

Allergies: Breadfruit might cause allergic reactions in people sensitive to bananas or Benjamin fig.

Hypotension: Breadfruit might lower blood pressure. This might cause blood pressure to drop too low in people who already have low blood pressure.


Always consult with your doctor.
Medications for high blood pressure (Antihypertensive drugs)

Breadfruit might decrease blood pressure. Taking breadfruit along with medications for high blood pressure might cause your blood pressure to go too low.Some medications for high blood pressure include captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), losartan (Cozaar), valsartan (Diovan), diltiazem (Cardizem), Amlodipine (Norvasc), hydrochlorothiazide (HydroDiuril), furosemide (Lasix), and many others.

Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)

Breadfruit might slow blood clotting. Taking breadfruit along with medications that also slow clotting might increase the chances of bruising and bleeding.Some medications that slow blood clotting include aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), diclofenac (Voltaren, Cataflam, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, others), dalteparin (Fragmin), enoxaparin (Lovenox), heparin, warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

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