Jujube: The health benefits of this fruit will blow your mind



Come spring and the bountiful nature is ready to shower us with the best fruits and flowers.

Jujube is one such fruit that makes waiting for the spring worthwhile. Resembling a date in appearance, the fruit is also known as red date, Indian date, Korean date, Chinese date, around the world and is cultivated mainly in South Asia.

The slightly tarty and sweet fruit can range from brown to purplish black in colour. The bite-sized fruit also comes with a host of health benefits. From better digestion to inducing sleep, the range of benefits are mind-boggling.

Here are some incredible benefits of jujube fruit that will make you love the fruit even more:

1. Helps you sleep better

Jujubes were traditionally used in Chinese medicine to treat sleep troubles like Insomnia. Both the fruit and the seeds are rich in flavonoids- saponins and polysaccharides. Saponin has been touted as a natural sleep promoter by several experts in the past. Its sedative quality helps induce sleep by lending soothing effect on the entire nervous system.

2. Chronic constipation relief

According to a recent survey, about 22 percent of Indians suffer from chronic constipation. A condition as serious as constipation is unfortunately never talked about openly, people are mostly too embarrassed to admit the problem to anyone, which is perhaps the worst they can do to their whole gastro-intestinal health. A handful of jujubes may help you get relief from the problem. The high quantum of fibre in jujube helps regulate bowel movements and digestion.

3. Soothes anxiety

Jujube has been proven to have calming effects on brain and nervous system. It helps relieve anxiety as well. The sedative effects of jujube fruit or jujube oil extract is also known to work on hormonal levels and induce a calm, relaxed sensation through your mind and body.

4. Rich in vitamin C

Jujubes are a powerhouse of essential vitamins and antioxidants. They are particularly very rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps vitalizing skin, fights free radicals and strengthens the immunity by keeping diseases at bay. 100 grams of jujube have 69 milligrams vitamin C. Since our body cannot produce vitamin C, it is important to make the most of the natural sources that are available. Jujube could be your best bet.

5. Regulates blood pressure

Jujubes have low salt content and high potassium content, and both of these qualities about the fruit ensures that your blood pressure levels are in check. Potassium is helpful for keeping the blood vessels relaxed. When blood vessels are relaxed, there is smoother blood flow and the pressure is apt.

6. Regulates blood circulation

A rich source of iron and phosphorous, jujubes help regulate blood circulation as well. Low iron content in your blood or anaemia, may lead to muscle weakness, fatigue, indigestion, light-headedness, and cognitive problems. Jujube not only increases blood flow but also ensures smoother blood circulation.

7. Improves bone strength

Consuming jujubes may help you have stronger bones too. Jujubes are loaded with like calcium, phosphorous, and iron which helps improves bone strength. The ones who are suffering from osteoporosis and other bone degrading conditions must consume the sweet and tarty fruit to reverse the effect or manage the condition better.