Today, the candies unfortunately don’t contain any jujube juice, but the good news is that jujube fruit, commonly called red dates, can be eaten fresh, raw or infused into tea to gain their anciently old (4,000 years!) health-promoting properties.
Similar to an olive or small date in size, fresh jujube fruit has the texture and crisp, bright flavor of an apple. In traditional medicine, the fruit, seeds and bark of jujube have been used to treat anxiety and insomnia, as well as as an appetite stimulant or digestive aid. While fresh jujubes have flesh that tastes similar to an apple, dried jujube tastes much like dates and have a similarly impressive nutritional profile. Like dates, jujube fruit is loaded with energy, essential vitamins and minerals, which provide its many health benefits.
7 Health Benefits of Jujube Fruit
1. Anticancer Abilities
The water extracted from jujubes has demonstrated its potential at inhibiting cancerous cells. One study in particular from the Vaccine and Serum Research Institute in Iran tested the water extract of dried jujube fruit for possible anticancer effects and induction of apoptosis (automatic cell death) of human tumor cell lines. Using DNA fragmentation analysis, researchers showed that jujube extract suppressed the human tumor cell lines, especially a leukemia line. Overall, this scientific study showed jujube’s impressive ability to kill off tumor cells, making jujube fruit a potential cancer-fighting food.