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5 Medicinal Benefits of the Jujube Fruit

Updated on November 12, 2011
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fresh jujube fruit
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popular movie candy/not real jujube

The Many Medicinal Benefits of the Jujube Fruit

Mention jujubes to an American, and we think of the candy we buy in the movie theater. Big, over-priced boxes of those little gummy things (see photo). However, the jujube fruit has long been known to have many medicinal properties.

The jujube (ziziphus jujuba) plant originated in China and has been cultivated for more than 4,000 years. It is also known by other names, such as the Chinese date and the Tsai. The jujube fruit is now grown in northern Africa, Russia, southern Europe, the Middle East and the southwestern parts of the United States. When fully mature, the jujube fruit is entirely red with a very high vitamin C content. The medicinal properties of the fruit have been used for millinea by various cultures.

Fresh jujube fruits tastes a bit like an apple. The fruit can be had fresh for optimum benefits. It can also be dried or sold in powdered form and served as a tonic or tea.

Listed below are 5 Medicinal Benefits of the Jujube Fruit (and many more):

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.

See links below for additional links to herbs and their healthy benefits:

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      JUDY 

      4 years ago

      hOW DO i TAKE TO HELP SLEEP? i HAVE BAG OF DRIED JUJUBE AND WANT TO TAKE THE RIGHT NUMBER

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for that tip SSL Healthy Fruits - I just love the positive comments I get. I will check your website. Yay!

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      SSL Healyhy Fruits 

      5 years ago

      Jujube is really good for the health but if added with Roselle (Red flower herb) it will be better than consume only Jujube or Roselle. This 2 Herbs combine together is very good for health.

      www.sslhealthyfruits.co.th

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much Amy for sharing that information. There is nothing better than a personal recommendation based on personal experience. Good PMS advice - there is always a healthy solution.

      I haven't tried the dried ones but if I see them I will. I am looking for healthy snacks.

      Thanks a million for writing!

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      Amy  

      7 years ago

      My local farmers market has been selling the dried version of jujubes for about 3 years now and I buy them every week, unless they are out of season. I can say that in the last 2 years, I have rarely been sick...at worst maybe a short-lived seasonal cold. I'm not sure exactly how jujube helps a person's overall mental state, but I'd like to add from my own experience...this is a great mood stabelizer for women who suffer from PMS. I just stocked up and bought 5 bags of jujubes to get me through the summer, until they are back in season. They are also a great snack in between meals.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome ellahall2011! Thanks for commenting!

    • ellahall2011 profile image

      ellahall2011 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for knowing this. Great job.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      They don't show up here in NYC until later summer and I am not sure what the growing season is in Miami since it is warmer there longer. But if you are near any Asian markets - that's where I would go and ask.

      Thanks for writing!

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      judithsegura@hotmail.com 

      7 years ago

      Where can i buy the Jujube in Miami, thank you

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome Hbkookie! Thanks for telling me they had tea samples - I did not know such existed.

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      Hbkookie 

      7 years ago

      I bought some at the farmers market. They had tea samples, but I didn't know what elde they were good for. So thank you for the 411.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're very welcome MonaVieAileen - and nice to meet you by the way!

    • MonaVieAileen profile image

      MonaVieAileen 

      7 years ago from New York

      Great information. Before this Hub I had never heard of this fruit, and I'm a health food nut. Thanks for sharing this.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm so looking forward to next year when they are in season. Such a nice treat! Thanks for commenting Maita.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      7 years ago from US

      I just read this before in passing but now of course I know more about it. Really good for health and it also tastes good like apple - Maita

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      When I come across them next year - I'll be sure to let you know. I can't wait to get a good bunch. Mmmmmmm. Foood! Yay!

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      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      I've looked around for jujube fruit and haven't been fortunate enough to find them either. I will take your suggestion and wait late summer and check the Asian markets here in Savannah as well.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Here in New York City - I saw the fruit at a local Korean market just a week ago - but they looked kind of dry so I didn't buy them. They may have been great - I don't know. But late summer/August is the best time. I'd wait until then. But if you are in a warmer area they may be there in Asian markets.

    • cathylynn99 profile image

      cathylynn99 

      7 years ago from northeastern US

      did a web search for ziziphus jujuba. everyone wants to sell me a tree or an extract, but i can't find the actual fruit. any ideas?

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      How interesting cathylynn99. I suppose if it can increase stamina - well, that is a good man thing! Thanks for sharing that. And thanks for writing!

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      cathylynn99 

      7 years ago from northeastern US

      i've seen jujube advertised as an ingredient in a tonic for male sexual function. i'm the wrong sex to try it.

      i like trying different foods. thanks for bringing this one to mind. will try to get my hands on it

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much prasetio30. I'm glad you read the hub. Hope you try jujube and like it. I love fresh fruit. It's fall in New York City now so we have less locally grown fruit - it's painful. Sigh!

      I'll be over to visit you soon. Thanks for commenting!

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This is new for me. I never know about Jujube fruit before. But from your review, I believe this fruit give us a lot of benefits. Thanks for share. I can't wait to Vote this Up.

      Blessing,

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I can find this fruit at the big Chinese markets here in NYC. It's amazing the fruits I can find there - and always much cheaper. The Asian pears are amazing also. Hmmmm maybe that will be a hub.

      Anyway, I haven't seen them lately so I don't think they are in season. I think August is the best time. I find the Asian markets try to sell in season. If I see them again I'll update the hub.

      Thanks for writing!

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      Urban Farm Girl 

      7 years ago from El Cerrito, California

      Wow cool! I don't think I have ever seen Jujube fruit anywhere though. Not even in Asian markets. Do you know where to get them?

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You know Veronica Allen - you are so right! I cannot believe all the information I am coming across. And it is all there and it is all accessible but we have been deprived of the knowledge.

      Of course this means there are so many more hubs to write about! Yay! Thanks so much for commenting!

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      Veronica Allen 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      How cool! I've never even heard of this fruit before. What great information BkCreative. I tell you, the earth has an abundance of wonderful wholesome foods that I don't think we have even tapped into.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome Philipo! Thanks for writing!

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      Philipo 

      7 years ago from Nigeria

      This is very informative and edcuative. Thanks for sharing.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm so glad you found the information useful LivingFood. As I get older I am appreciating more and more how natural foods are keeping me healthy and away from all the chronic ailments that plague so many people in their 50s and 60s - well, even younger now.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      LivingFood 

      7 years ago

      This is great information. I always love to hear about natural foods to help cancer. This is another food to add to the list. Thanks!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Isn't it great Granny's House, to find that it is not just a candy - but a real nutritious fruit that's been around forever.

      So interesting! I hope you like what you find akirchner.

      Thanks for the comments!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      How interesting! Thanks for bringing this to our attention and shall have to look into it!

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      Granny's House 

      7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      There really is a jujube? hehe. We need all the help we can get. Well done Bk

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome Hello, hello. These fruits are showing up here in NYC - especially if I shop at the Chinese supermarkets - where they sell so much fresh fruit and vegetables. Many fruits I have never tried.

      Thanks for writing!

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for this information of which I never heard of.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for the rating Coolmon2009. I'm glad you found the hub informative!

      Could have been the jujube, travel_man1971. Love that your mother taught you it was medicinal.

      You're welcome Sandyspider.

      Thanks for the comments!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Thanks for the information on the jujube fruit.

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      Ireno Alcala 

      7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I think I've eaten a fruit related to this one, BkCreative. My mother said it has great medicinal values.

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      Coolmon2009 

      7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Great information. I found your article well written and informative. Rated up and useful!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're very welcome creativeone59. Thanks so much for commenting!

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      BK, as always great and helpful information, thank you for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR

      BkCreative 

      7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I'm glad you like it ankigarg87!

      Hello shai77. I'm glad you Dugg it! Thanks a lot!

      You're welcome Pamela99. Turns out it is not just candy after all.

      Hello drbj. I'm glad you liked the jujube update.

      Hello theherbivorehippi - ha! I think you, like me, were probably one of the candy lovers. Growing up jujube was only a candy - never knew it was a real fruit. Wow!

      Great information Mickey Dee. I'm glad you shared the fact that you know about jujubes and that you found it to be beneficial. And even your other helpful ways to reduce pain. Imagine food for good health - what a novel idea.

      Thanks for the comments!

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      Micky Dee 

      7 years ago

      You're so right about all this my Dear! I was taking pharmaceuticals for crazy inflammation and pain. I even got up to hydrocodone. I may still take that on a day. But pain just wants more and more of those pharmaceuticals. I take the green foods and such. I try to put nothing in my body that might increase inflammation and I use the Jujube and other products that may be proven like the Jujube.

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      theherbivorehippi 

      7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Dang...i was hoping it was the candy! lol I've never had one of these fruits....I will have to see if I can find me one! Thanks for the info! Rated up of course :)

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, BK. So jujubes are really good for you! Who knew? Thanks for the jujube update!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      BK, This is new information to me. Thanks.

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      Chen 

      7 years ago

      Hi my friend :-)

      As always great info!

      Dugg your Hub and rated.

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      ankigarg87 

      7 years ago

      Very good and informative post !!

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