Only 3 Dates per Day and No Healthy Problems at All! Read Why!
Dates are products of the date palm. It belongs to the family of Arecaceae. People believed that this tree originates from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Date palm grows under warmer climates across all the continents.
It is one of the sweetest fruit around the world which comes in many different varieties: Saidy, Khadrawy,, Amir Hajj, Medjool are some of the most famous “names”. They have rich flavor, taste and superior quality.
You can eat dates either fresh or dried. The health benefits of this fruit are enormous.
Nutritional Value of Dates
Although they’re small, dates are rich in many beneficial nutrients. A 100g serving of the fruit contains the following nutrients:
- Potassium – 696 mg 20 % RDA
- Manganese – 0.3 mg 15 % RDA
- Magnesium – 54 mg 14 % RDA
- Copper- 0.4 % mg 18 % RDA
- Vitamin B6 – 0.2 mg 12 % RDA
- Fiber- 6.7 grams 27 % RDA
They are also great source of sodium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and zinc. They also contain vitamins like riboflavin, folate, thiamin, niacin, vitamin A and vitamin K.
Health Benefits of Dates
Strength and bone health
Dates are super food for strengthening bones and fighting diseases like osteoporosis. This is due to the copper, manganese, selenium and magnesium which are important for healthy bone development and providing strength. They are especially important for the older people whose bones gradually start to weaken.
If you suffer from constipation then these delicious fruits are the real solution for this problem. Consume them on a daily basis (in the morning) to notice their positive effects. For even better results soak them in water over night. Consume these fruits in the morning like syrup. Dates are rich in soluble fiber which is important for easy passage of food through the intestinal tract, which can relieve symptoms of constipation.
Dates are perfect dietary supplement for people who suffer from anemia because they actually contain high level of iron. The iron balances the lack of iron in anemic patients and increases energy and strength while at the same time decreases feelings of fatigue.
Because of the high level of magnesium, dates have strong anti-inflammatory effects. According to a study inflammatory indicator in the body like TNF (tumor necrosis factor alpha), IL6 (interleukin 6) and CRP (C- reactive protein) were all reduced by increasing the intake of magnesium.
Moreover, by increasing magnesium consumption you will actually reduce inflammation in the arterial walls. Based on the findings of the study, magnesium can effectively reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease, arthritis and other inflammation- related health aliments.
Reduce blood pressure
Studies have shown that magnesium can help lower blood pressure and as I mentioned earlier dates are rich in it. Furthermore, potassium is the mineral which helps proper function of the heart and reducing blood pressure.
- Promote healthy pregnancy and delivery
A study performed by researchers at the University of Science and Technology have shown the positive effect that dates have during pregnancy, labor and delivery. The study was performed on 69 women for a year and a month. The researchers found that: “women who increased the intake of dates in the last 4 weeks before labor significantly reduced the need for induction and augmentation of labor”.
- Boost digestive health
Dates are rich fiber which is essential for good digestive health. They actually draw water into the digestive tract thus relieving constipation. The fruits are also rich in potassium and potassium can also treat upset stomach and diarrhea. They also strengthen good bacteria in the stomach and are a digestive tract balancer.
- Boost energy
Dates are rich in natural sugar such as: fructose, sucrose and glucose. So if you need something to boost your energy then they are the perfect snack for you. The fiber in the dates will keep the power up longer without the crash you would typically experience by eating any other sweet treat.
- Healthy heart
Dates are very helpful in keeping your heart healthy. For even better results let them soak them during the night and consume them first thing in the morning. By eating dates you will reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) in the body. This is the main cause for heart attack and other heart diseases. So, include them in your everyday diet at least twice a week and improve the overall health.
- Improves sex life
Dates are an excellent natural elixir and aphrodisiac. They consist of high levels of flavonoids and estradiol which increase sperm count and motility. Just soak a handful of dates in fresh goat’s milk and let them overnight. In the morning grind them in the same milk. Add some cinnamon powder and if you want, some honey. This beverage is very effective for reducing sterility and for increasing sexual endurance.
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