What the heck is a Jujube, you ask? Well…
Honestly, they aren’t my favorite dried fruit. They taste like…well, if apple had a booty, it’d taste like a dirty one. My opinion, however, is not shared by many other farmer’s market fiends, because they sell tons. Here’s some of the data:
1- Cancer Treatment – According to the National Center for Biotechnology, juice from the jujube fruit has been shown to have cytotoxic activity on different tumor lines. A study showed that the number of viable cells had been decreased after treatment. These benefits have been attributed to, among other things, the jujube’s high content of bioactive compounds.
Studies conducted over a 20 year period have shown bioactive compounds to play an important role in the prevention of chronic diseases.
2 – Antioxidant Properties – Jujube fruit is also an antioxidant with rejuvenating properties. It has the ability to help clear up the skin.
3- Blood Purification – The dried fruits of the jujube contain saponin, alkaloids and triterpenoids. These three compounds are all beneficial in purifying the blood, and as an aid to digestion.
4 – Relief From Stress – The jujube fruit also has stress alleviating properties. Used in a powdered form, the jujube fruit helps calm nerves and reduce anxiety.
5 – Many More Benefits – In China jujube is used to treat diarrhea, fatigue and loss of appetite. In Japan, research has shown the jujube to increase immunity.
Additionally, jujube fruit is used to improve muscular strength, increase stamina, and as a tonic to strengthen liver function. One popular use is to make it as a tea to treat sore throats. Consuming the fruit will help treat chronic fatigue, bronchitis, and anemia.