Eating Jujube fruit in Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Last Updated on May 10, 2023 by Dr. Abadullah Sajid Bashir

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a chronic disorder that is not life-threatening but plays a major role in making a person’s life very difficult. There are many types of IBS i.e., IBS-C, IBS-D and IBS-M. 

There are many symptoms of IBS such as abdominal pain, cramping, abdominal gas, diarrhea or constipation. In IBS-D the patient gets diarrhea and lack of essential salts in the body. The patient tries various methods to relieve the symptoms that are causing him/her anxiety due to IBS symptoms.

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Every patient can has different symptoms and takes every possible measure to reduce these symptoms. In some people, IBS lasts in few day and in some it remain with him/her for a lifetime. Patients tries to manage there symptoms with adjustment of their food content. 

Jujube fruit

There are many fruits in the world that are very important for humans, they help to maintain energy in humans, they contain vitamins and minerals that a human cannot make by himself.

Vitamins and minerals we get from fruits and other food. These days there is also a fruit called Jujube fruit (Ziziphus mauritiana) which is available in February to April. This fruit lasts for a few weeks and then expires.

This fruit is abundantly found in Asia. But some species are also found in other countries of world too. This fruit is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.[1]Jujube fruit: A potential nutritious fruit for the development of functional food products – ScienceDirect

People who are used to eating it get benefits, because of this fruit can boost their immune system and can kill antigens an can remove harmful chemicals from body.[2]Research advances in bioactive components and health benefits of jujube (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.) fruit – PMC (

The taste of this fruit is sour and sweet. It is useful in many diseases such as high blood pressure, bone pain, and is used as a medicine in Asia and rest of the world. Many research articles has published on benefits of this fruit.

Jujube fruit and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There are many benefits of Jujube fruit but the most important and the biggest benefit is for IBS patients who should eat it if they have IBS.

This fruit contains vitamins and minerals. And secondly, the water it contains is very beneficial to the digestive system. It helps the digestive system to maintain its normal condition.

In IBS-D condition leads to loss of salts and water in the patient’s body, which weakens the patient’s body and causes more symptoms of IBS. The patient can benefit greatly if Jujube fruit are eaten along with other meals to supplement and reduce the symptoms of IBS. And patient can start his normal life for some times.

Jujube fruit are very useful for IBS-C patients. Patients face a lot of problems that when the feces is not done properly, the patient disturbs both physically and mentally.

After eating Jujube fruit if any infection in intestines will minimize. The patient can return to his normal life and the symptoms of IBS-C will be minimal and patient’s excretory system improves.

In what cases should the Jujube fruit not be consumed?

Some important point are below:

  • If the Jujube fruit are completely unripe, they should not be consumed as Jujube fruit can cause abdominal pain and IBS symptoms.
  • Overripe Jujube fruit should also not be consumed as they do not cause symptoms of IBS but may give you a bad taste in your mouth. 
  • Never consume berries that contain insects, as they can cause stomach aches.
  • Jujube fruit should be used when they are not completely ripe and not completely raw.

If a patient with IBS is eating Jujube fruit but it does not reduce the symptoms, then use the medicine prescribed by the doctor, along with ice cream. and other products that can reduce the symptoms of IBS and the patients already adjusted their own. Patients can return to normal life

Written By:

  • Dr. Abadullah Sajid Bashir

Reviewed By:

  • Dr. Muhammad Khan Malik
  • Syeda Noor-ul-Ain Naqvi

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