Jujube - properties, use, nutritional value
 Have you ever try Jujube fruit? According to scientists, they can beat hypertension, if you eat every day, two dozen fruit for three months. Benefits of Jujube is that its fruits strengthen the immune system, increases lactation, and perfectly toned body better than tea, coffee, ginseng and Eleutherococcus. Due to its healing properties, jujube one of the five best medicinal plants of the world, and is recognized not only in national but also in scientific medicine.

Origin of Jujube

Only in our country is a plant known as jujube, in other regions and countries, it is called jujube, yuyyuyba, Chinese dates, rib berry, Annaba, Silon, Ilan dzhida etc. Jujube - ideal survives in any arid climate, but he hails from China. In this country, a plant cultivated for more than four thousand years and today it is grown more than 400 varieties. However, in Japan, the Himalayas, Minor and Central Asia, and of course in China can be found Wild Jujube predecessors. Unabi - tree height average from 3 to 8 m, although it may in China grow up to 20 meters, and in India - and up to 30 m.

When the fruits ripen Jujube - round fleshy drupes - they fall with the shoots, which grow so at home the fruits of this tree are not collected, but simply shake poles. Value are not only fruit, but also wood, which lends itself perfectly polished, as well as bark, which is used for tanning.

Benefits of Jujube

This shrub is no coincidence one of the five most valuable medicinal plants. Use Ziziphi not only in his caloric, although in 100 g of edible portion of the fruit contains 59-100 kcal. The main feature of this plant - a high content of vitamin C in the fruit. In addition, the fruit pulp contains vitamins B1, B2, B5, beta-carotene, steroids.

Jujube Fruits are rich:

  • Calcium;
  • Potassium;
  • Phosphorus;
  • Cancer;
  • Magnesium;
  • Cobalt;
  • Iodine.

Roots, bark and leaves contain alkaloids, tannins, saponins, steroids, coumarins, and other valuable compounds. The leaves Jujube also contains rutin.

In folk medicine uses all parts of the plant from the fruit to the wood. For therapeutic purposes, used mainly fresh fruits, but can be used dried jujube. Fruits unabi used as a means of normalizing blood pressure, helps with colds and coughs. In some cases they are used for liver and kidney diseases, anemia, high cholesterol, tuberculosis, nervous exhaustion, as well as a tonic in the recovery from infectious diseases.

In folk medicine, it is known about the properties of Jujube much more. For example, representatives of oriental medicine jujube fruits used for the normalization of metabolism, gastritis, neurasthenia, fatigue, depression, chronic infections, rheumatism and various forms of tuberculosis. The plant also known as anti-inflammatory agent in diseases of the respiratory tract, for example, a decoction of Jujube helps with shortness of breath, bronchitis, coughs, whooping cough, and hence one of the titles - "rib berry."

In Central Asia, fresh and dried jujube is used as a hemostatic, expectorant, emollient, as a drug against angina, ascites, gastralgia, cystitis. In Tajikistan, the jujube is honored as the fruit which increases vitality. Also it is used, and for inflammatory diseases of the oral cavity.

As mentioned above, the properties are not limited Jujube medicinal use its fruit. In medical applications, and other uses of the plant. For example, in the Korean medicine in the course is the bark of trees from which is produced by means of a pain in the stomach and intestines. A leaf preparing drugs for lowering blood pressure.

 Dried jujube - especially use
 You can try and do the old recipes, to evaluate the use of Jujube. For example, for the treatment of cold combined with high temperature recommended 10 jujube fruit grind with 20 plum fruit and honey. From the resulting mixture to make balls the size of a plum, which are recommended to take one a day. When poorly healing skin lesions it is recommended to brew and often jujube decoction to wash the sick plots. For the treatment of ulcers and abscesses recommended to prepare an ointment from the leaves of Jujube. To this mix 100 g of fresh leaves and 500 grams of oil, whereupon the mixture was heated without boiling, and infused for 14 days.

But of course, in addition to the healing properties, jujube and has gastronomic value. Although the fruits themselves have mediocre taste, but of them overlook the wonderful juices, pickles, jams, candy. Dried Jujube preparing drinks. And, perhaps, the most rare and nutritious delicacy are candied Jujube. Which is very valuable, after processing the fruit is retained up to 95% of vitamins and biologically active compounds - is about 40 times greater than in apples and pears. And if you still do not dare to taste the fruit of this valuable, it's worth a try.