In March of 2017, the journal Phytotherapy Research reported on a study of Zizyphus jujube fruit tea for treating Type 2 diabetes. Investigators at the Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical and Health Sciences and various other research institutions in Yazd, Iran compared 116 people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and all over 30 years of age. All were instructed to eat a balanced diet. One group was directed to drink the tea as well. After 12 weeks participants in the fruit tea group improved their…
- HbA1c – blood sugar control over the previous 3 months,
- LDL – low-density lipoprotein or “bad” cholesterol,
- LDL to HDL ratio – the amount of LDL divided by HDL, or “good” cholesterol.
The scientists concluded the fruit tea had helpful effects on the three measures and they suggested more research be carried out to find how the Zizyphus jujube works.
Zizyphus jujube, commonly called jujube or red Chinese date, has medicinal uses in traditional Chinese medicine. It has been used for treating…
- poor appetite, and
- digestive problems
for 2000 years. There is some evidence the fruit might be useful in treating certain types of cancer as well. The fruit is said to have the flavor of a green apple when green and that of a date when ripe.
One hundred grams of the fruit contain 79 calories. That 100 gram provides more than enough vitamin C for a healthy adult for one day. It also provides the following percentages of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of the following…
- calcium – 2%
- iron – 3%
- thiamin – 1%
- niacin – 4%
- riboflavin – 2%
- vitamin B6 – 4%
- vitamin A – 1%
VeganAmericanPrincess.com suggests the following ingredients for making Jujube tea…
- sliced ginger root,
- cinnamon bark,
- sliced Asian pear, and
Jujubes can usually be found at various Farmers Markets, Asian and Indian markets, and health food supermarkets.
Jujube grows on a tree native to Asia. The tree can be grown for shade as well as for its fruit. It is a small, deciduous tree also grown in California and the Southwestern United States, Florida in the USA, Russia, the Middle East, and Southern Europe…
- it prefers sandy soil but can grow in other types of soil as well, as long as it has sunlight.
- it is drought-tolerant, making it a favorite exotic fruit in desert climates, although it must be watered to produce fruit. Fertilizer is unnecessary, and the tree is resistant to pests.
- the fruit ripens at different times, allowing growers to pick one tree for several months. Fruit picked green will not ripen though.