Last update June 17, 2017



Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.

A plant belonging to the Rhamnaceae family, found from southern Europe (Almansa 2016) to southern and eastern Asia.

Very rich in sugar, mucilage and vitamins - especially vitamin C - this fruit has been consumed for food since ancient times in several cultures, especially in Asia (Shad 2015, Rodriguez 2017).

Traditional Chinese, Korean and Persian medicine (Guo 2015, Zhang 2010) use fruits, leaves and bark, attributing to them numerous properties (Yeung 2012), none of which have been scientifically proven (WHO 2007: p.359-369, Tahergorabi 2015).

The juice of the fruit has been used to treat neonatal jaundice without causing significant side effects (Ebrahimimd 2011).

Since the last update we have not found published data on its excretion in breast milk.

Free of toxicity, moderate consumption during breastfeeding would have little or no risk.

Precautions when taking plant preparations:
1. Ensure that they are from a reliable source: poisoning has occurred due to confusing one plant with another with toxic properties, as well as poisoning from heavy metals extracted from the ground and food poisoning due to contamination with bacteria or fungi.
2. Do not take in large amounts; follow recommendations from professional experts in phytotherapy. "Natural" products are not always good in any quantity: plants contain active substances from which much of our traditional pharmacopoeia has been obtained and can result in poisoning or act as endocrine disruptors if taken in excessive amounts or time periods.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Jujube is also known as

Jujube in other languages or writings:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Jujube in its composition:


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  2. Rodríguez Villanueva J, Rodríguez Villanueva L. Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology of Ziziphus jujuba Mills. Phytother Res. 2017 Abstract
  3. Almansa S, Hernández F, Legua P, Nicolás-Almansa M, Amorós A. Physico-chemical and physiological changes during fruit development and on-tree ripening of two Spanish jujube cultivars (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.). J Sci Food Agric. 2016 Abstract
  4. Tahergorabi Z, Abedini MR, Mitra M, Fard MH, Beydokhti H. "Ziziphus jujuba": A red fruit with promising anticancer activities. Pharmacogn Rev. 2015 Abstract
  5. Guo S, Duan JA, Qian D, Tang Y, Wu D, Su S, Wang H, Zhao Y. Content variations of triterpenic acid, nucleoside, nucleobase, and sugar in jujube (Ziziphus jujuba) fruit during ripening. Food Chem. 2015 Abstract
  6. Shad AA, Ahmad S, Ullah R, AbdEl-Salam NM, Fouad H, Ur Rehman N, Hussain H, Saeed W. Phytochemical and biological activities of four wild medicinal plants. ScientificWorldJournal. 2014 Abstract
  7. Yeung WF, Chung KF, Poon MM, Ho FY, Zhang SP, Zhang ZJ, Ziea ET, Wong VT. Chinese herbal medicine for insomnia: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Sleep Med Rev. 2012 Abstract
  8. Ebrahimimd S, Ashkani-Esfahani S, Poormahmudibs A. Investigating the efficacy of zizyphus jujuba on neonatal jaundice. Iran J Pediatr. 2011 Abstract
  9. Zhang H, Jiang L, Ye S, Ye Y, Ren F. Systematic evaluation of antioxidant capacities of the ethanolic extract of different tissues of jujube (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.) from China. Food Chem Toxicol. 2010 Abstract
  10. WHO. World Health Organization. Geneva. WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants. Volume 3. WHO monographs. 2007 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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