Ingredient Spotlight

Jujube / Da Zao

Why we love it

Da Zao offers a tasty way to promote calm and emotional well-being, while supporting digestive health.

Helps with:

  • Digestive Issues

  • Stress

  • Cold & Flu

  • Fatigue

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How it Heals

In Chinese medicine, Jujube tonifies the spleen and stomach, augments Qi, nourishes blood, and calms the spirit while moderating and harmonizing the harsh properties of other herbs.

In Western terms, Jujube is a powerful herb that is rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids, polysaccharides, and triterpenic acids. The antioxidants in Jujube have been shown to reduce stress and inflammation that causes damage to the liver by free radicals. Jujube supports the immune system, inhibits the growth of cancer cells, and can improve brain function. Lastly, it can support digestion by strengthening the stomach and intestinal lining.

Fun fact: In the traditional Chinese wedding ceremony, Jujube was often placed in the newlyweds bedroom as a good luck charm for fertility, along with peanuts, longan, and chestnuts.


“In addition to its powerful medicinal benefits, Jujube is a delicious fruit that I love adding to herbal bone broth, porridge, and desserts—or eating them alone as a snack!”

- Lulu Ge, Co-founder

What the research says

Jujube has immunomodulatory, antioxidant, antitumor, hepatoprotective, and hypoglycemic activities, and gastrointestinal-protective effects.
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Jujube polysaccharide fractions (RQP1d and RQP2d) concentration-dependently induced significant increases in nitric oxide formation in RAW 264.7 cells, and both extracts stimulate the innate immune response.
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Jujube ZSP, which was isolated from Zizyphus jujube cv. Shanbeitanzao, has definite antioxidative activity, estimated in 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical, hydroxyl radical, and superoxide anion systems.
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Betulinic acid, a pentacyclic triterpene isolated from Jujube tree, has been known for a wide range of biological and medicinal properties such as antibacterial, antimalarial, anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic, antinociceptive, and anticancer activities.
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