The jujube fruit is a well-kept secret all the way from the Far East, where it has been enjoyed for longevity for thousands of years. It is not only a delicious and enjoyable snack, but it has several health benefits ranging improving sleep to boosting the immune system. We asked Abakus Foods to tell us more about this delicious superfood, so keep on reading!
The top 10 health benefits of the jujube fruits
Jujube Fruits, also known as Red Dates, are a sweet berry with a natural caramel flavour. Their texture can be soft and squishy, reminding of marshmallows or alternatively have been made into a tasty, crunchy crisp. They can be enjoyed as a snack, or a sweet ingredient on top of porridge, in tea, baking, or cooking. The fruits normally come with a pit inside, similar to an olive, but Abakus Foods offers them with the pits already taken out and without any added sulphites!
As mentioned before, Jujube Fruit has many health benefits. Here below the top 10 ones listed by Abakus Foods:
- Improves Sleep
Jujubes contain phytonutrients compounds that are rich in flavonoids and saponins. The soothing nature of saponin can help calm the body and mind, and help soothe your nervous system. In herbal medicine, jujubes are used to help with anxiety and insomnia.
- General Gastrointestinal Health
Consuming jujube fruit regularly can be beneficial for your gastrointestinal health. The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found out that adequate jujube consumption can improve gastrointestinal environment and reduce exposure to other harmful compounds.
- Chronic Constipation Relief
Jujube fruits are a source of insoluble fibre which can help speed up passing time of the food in the intestines. A study from Israel found that jujube is an effective and safe treatment for chronic constipation.
- Anticancer Abilities
The antioxidants found in jujube can help fight free radicals in the body. Several studies have shown the ability of jujube to prevent spreading of cancer cells. Results from The Journal of Ethnopharmacology showed that it could effectively slow down the spread of, and even kill, malignant breast cancer cells.
- Uplifting and Calming Fruit
Jujubes are known for having a soothing effect on the mind and body. That’s the reason they have been traditionally used as a natural antidepressant, anti-anxiety and anti-stress medicinal food. Results from a study found out that jujube is effective in reducing anxiety.
- Controls Weight
Jujube fruits, with less than 100 kcal per serving, are low in calories and high in fibre, which can help the slow release of energy and to keep you feel fuller for longer. Next tine, when the sweet craving hits, enjoy a few caramel-tasting jujube berries for a guilt-free alternative to sweets!
- Skin Care
Jujube extract has traditionally been rubbed on skin irritations like psoriasis and acne. Consuming jujube can have the same benefits and can also help reduce blemishes, wrinkles, scars while energising the skin with oxygenated blood. A study from Iran has shown that jujube fruits can help manage eczema and reduce itching.
- Reduces Inflammation
Jujube can be used topically to address muscle aches and pains. Jujubes work as an anti-inflammatory agent, according to a study, which make them the ideal post-workout snack!
- Boosts Immunity
Free radicals from physical and environmental stress can compromise the body’s immune system and cause premature ageing. Jujube is rich in antioxidant and vitamins which can help neutralise free radicals, and thereby strengthen your immunity. Click here to learn more.
- Aids Protein Formation and Recovery
Jujube fruits contain 18 out of 24 essential amino acids which are the foundation for building proteins in the body. Eating foods with a complete amino acid profiles can aid tissue repair and recovery, post injury or simply after a work-out. They can also help boost protein levels for those on a plant-based diet. Click here to learn more.
So, what are you waiting for? Visit our stores and try the delicious and healthy Abakus Foods Red Dates snacks!