8 Incredible Benefits of Jujube Tea

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Jujube tea has been a traditional remedy for more than 4,000 years and remains a valuable and impressively healthy beverage.

What is Jujube Tea?

Jujube tea is a traditional tisane or herbal tea made from the dried fruit of the Ziziphus jujuba bush, which is native to northern India and regions of China. The fruit is also known as a Chinese date or red date. The tea itself is actually believed to have Korean origins, however, and is known as daechu-cha in that country. The color of the tea is a deep ruby or maroon red, similar to the color of the original dried fruit. The reason this tea has been so widely used and respected for thousands of years is the dense nutrient composition, including certain unique antioxidants. This tea can provide vitamin C and various polyphenols, as well as potassium, iron and various B vitamins.

Jujube Tea Benefits

The most important benefits of jujube tea include its ability to relieve constipation, strengthen the immune system, boost bone health and increase circulation, among others.

Antioxidant

With good amounts of vitamin C and certain other flavonoids, this tea packs a lot of antioxidant power into every cup, which can help decrease inflammation and oxidative stress throughout the body, lowering your risk of chronic disease.

Constipation

This tea is known to have stimulating effects on the gastrointestinal system and is able to relieve irritating symptoms of constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and other common stomach problems.

Anxiety

For thousands of years, this tea has been traditionally used to soothe the body and mind, and modern research has shown that it can help to lower stress hormone levels and reduce anxiety and mood swings.

Common Cold

The immune-strengthening power of this tea is well known, and it can help to soothe the common cold, flu symptoms, and fever. The vitamin C levels in this tea will stimulate the production of white blood cells, the primary line of defense for the body. The anti-inflammatory effects will also relieve sore throats.

Bone Health

There is a decent amount of minerals found in this tea, namely iron, calcium and phosphorous, which can help to improve bone mineral density and protect against osteoporosis.

Sleep Habits

As mentioned, this tea can soothe the mind, which also makes it a great natural sleep aid to consume right before going to bed.

Cardiovascular Issues

This tea possesses high levels of iron, which is excellent for circulation, as it is necessary for every red blood cell. This means more oxygenation to the parts of the body that need it, while the potassium helps to decrease blood pressure.

Skin Appearance

The flavonoids and phenolic compounds found in this tea are able to neutralize free radicals before they can do damage to the skin, thus preventing wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes.

How to Make Jujube Tea

Making jujube tea is quite simple at home, provided you have the right ingredients. While some people make a pure jujube tea, many others prefer to include other spices and ingredients for flavors, such as cinnamon and ginger. Take a look at the recipe below.

Jujube tea in a white cup placed on a wooden table, next to a small bowl filled with jujubes
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Korean Jujube Tea Recipe

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Korean
Keyword: jujube, jujube tea
Appliance: Stove, Pressure cooker
Servings: 16 cups
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 3 liters of filtered water
  • 14 grams cinnamon stick
  • 40 dried jujubes (Korean dates)
  • 55 grams of ginger
  • 3 oz packed brown sugar

Instructions

  • To make jujube tea, Fill a pressure cooker with 3 liters of water and place it on the stove.
  • To it add ginger slices, dried jujubes, and cinnamon sticks and cover the cooker and cook under pressure for 10 minutes over medium heat. 
  • Thereafter, reduce the heat to very low and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Once the pressure is released, remove the cover of the cooker and add brown sugar. Let it simmer for another 5 minutes, or until it is adequately infused. The tea is now ready. Enjoy the hot drink!

Notes

You can serve it with a few pine nuts in the tea. 

Jujube Tea Side Effects

Despite the many benefits, there are some side effects, such as complications with pregnancy and potential drug interactions. As with any herbal teas, only use jujube tea in moderation. Conflicting research on the safety of this tea for pregnant women has led to a general recommendation to avoid it. If you are a diabetic, this tea can lower your blood sugar dangerous, so take precautions. Speak with your doctor about any pre-existing conditions or prescriptions before adding this tea to your routine.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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