THE AMAZING BENEFIT OF DATE FRUIT

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THE AMAZING BENEFIT OF DATE FRUIT
In Nigeria, date fruits is very common in the market. Some are not aware of its wonderful benefit.
What Are Dates? Also popularly known as date
palm (Khajoor/Khajur) in Hindi,
‘Tawarikh’ in Arabic and ‘Palmier’
in French.. It is a flowering plant
species from the palm family. It is
usually cultivated for its sweet fruit. Scientifically called Phoenix
dactylifera, the date fruit is
believed to have originated in
Iraq. The leaves of the date tree
are 4 to 6 meters in length, with
spines that have about 150 leaflets. The seeds of the fruit are
soaked and ground for animal
feed. And their oil is used in
cosmetics and soaps. The seeds,
at times, are also added as an
additive to coffee beans.
Are Dates Good For You? They sure are. There are
numerous varieties of the fruit, of
which medjool is the most
popular. Even otherwise, the
benefits of each variety are
similar, more or less. Some of the wonderful ways
dates can benefit us is by
decreasing cholesterol, treating
constipation, and boosting the
energy levels and bone health. You can also choose organic
medjool dates – they are large
and moist and come with the
same health benefits. Or you can
choose pitted dates – they come
without the pits, are firmer and drier than the medjool variant,
and are much easier to chop. How many calories in dates?
Coming to the calorie count, one
date contains about 20 calories. It
contains 2.8 mg of calcium and 5
g of total carbohydrates. Dates are also extremely rich in
antioxidants, tannins being the
most important of them. These
tannins prevent cell damage and
protect against inflammation. In
fact, eating dates on an empty stomach is known to kill intestinal
worms. You can also try ajwa dates, a
variant found specifically in the
Arab countries. And by the way, not just for us
adults, dates work great for
babies as well. The fruit promotes
stronger bones and teeth, boosts the immune system, improves weight, offers added
nourishment during fever, and
cures dysentery.
Dates Nutrition Facts They are a very rich source of
vitamins and minerals and are
very beneficial for the body. Read
more to know in detail about the
nutritional value of dates.
Dates are especially rich in
vitamins B6, A, and K. These help
in bone development and
improve eye health. The fiber in
dates enhances intestinal health.
It also prevents dangerous ailments like stomach and colon
cancers. Other minerals like
calcium, iron, potassium, protein,
manganese, magnesium,
phosphorus, copper, and sulfur
aid in the overall body functioning. They improve the metabolism and immunity as well. Folate is good for pregnancy.
Thiamin (nervous system), niacin
(cholesterol levels), and riboflavin
(energy production) are the other
vitamins the fruit is rich in. So, that was about the dates
nutritional value, now let’s take a
deep isight into dates fruit
benefits.
Health Benefits Of Dates The many health benefits of
eating dates include constipation
relief, regulating cholesterol levels
,intestinal disorders, heart
problems, anemia and sexual
dysfunctions. 1. Dates For Constipation As per a study, the date pulp
extract stimulates the
gastrointestinal transit activity
and can aid in treating constipation (1). The pulp of the fruit achieves this by correcting
the mineral content deregulation
that occurs during constipation.
The fibers in dates were also
found to prevent cancers of the
digestive system. According to the University of
Rochester Medical Center,
inadequate intake of fiber could
cause constipation (2). Dates, being good sources of fiber, can solve this problem. Eating a
minimum of 20 to 35 grams of
fiber every day makes your stools
soft and prevents the condition.
And more importantly, limit your
consumption of foods that contain no fiber at all.
2. Improve Heart Health
Just a handful of dates a day was
found to improve heart health (3). The antioxidants in dates prevent atherosclerosis, which is
basically the arteries getting hard
and clogged with plaque. These
antioxidants stimulate cholesterol
removal from the artery cells. Dates also contain isoflavones
(the second highest of any fruit)
that are known to reduce the risk
of cardiovascular disease (4). We already saw dates contain
fiber. As per one UK study,
regular intake of dates has been
linked to a lower risk of coronary
heart disease (5). Fiber also helps in weight management, which
can also lead to heart disease (6)
3. Help Regulate Cholesterol One of the effective dates benefits.
According to one Israeli study,
intake of dates, even by healthy
individuals, can have beneficial effects on cholesterol levels and oxidative stress (7). Dates contain no cholesterol.
They are also rich in iron and
have more fiber than bananas. 4. Improve Bone Health Dates are rich sources of copper, magnesium, selenium, and
manganese – all of which are
important to keep your bones
healthy and prevent bone-related conditions like osteoporosis. Dates are also rich in vitamin K,
which is a blood coagulant and
helps metabolize your bones (8). As per a report by the North
Dakota State University, dates also
contain boron that is healthy for the bones (9). 5. Regulates Blood Pressure Dates are rich in potassium, and
the mineral helps lower blood pressure levels (10). One medjool date contains about 167 mg of
potassium, which is relatively
high compared to other fruits. Not
taking adequate potassium can
also lead to kidney stones. One report by the Harvard Medical
School discourages the use of
drugs for blood pressure.
Though certain drugs work well,
they might not solve the exact
problem. And they also have side effects (11). Fiber also stabilizes blood sugar levels. It also counterbalances the effects of sodium in your diet –
and this lowers blood pressure.
The magnesium in the fruit
relaxes the muscles in your heart
and blood vessels, consequently
reducing blood pressure. 6. Enhances Sexual Health As per an Indian study, the date
palm pollen is used in traditional
medicine for enhancing male
fertility (12)
7. Treat Diarrhea According to a report by the
Columbia University Medical
Center, diarrhea can get better or aggravated by the choice of
foods you consume. Which is why
choosing the right food is
important. Dates, being high in potassium, can help improve the condition (13). 8. Promote Brain Health
Dates have been found to offer
protection against oxidative
stress and inflammation in the
brain. Regular consumption of
dates and similar fruits has been
linked to a lowered risk of neurodegenerative diseases and
better cognitive performances in
older individuals (14). Another study has concluded that
supplementation of date fruits
has the potential to slow down
the progression of Alzheimer’s
(15). Another Oman study says that
dates can help prevent
inflammation in the brain (16). 9. Prevent Colon Cancer Intake of dates can reduce the
development of colorectal cancer
(17). Consumption of dates also
increases the growth of beneficial
bacteria in the gut, and this
promotes colon health (18).
10. Boost Energy The date fruit contains many
nutrients that help boost your energy levels. It also contains natural sugars like sucrose,
fructose, and glucose – all of
which offer an energy boost. 11. Promote Weight Gain Sounds like an absurd benefit? Of
course, who would want to gain weight? But yes, if you are too skinny and are looking to put on
some pounds, dates could be one
of the additions to your diet. According to a study conducted
on lambs, weight gain was
observed (by as much as 30%)
following the consumption of
ground date seeds (19). This could also be observed in
humans, although more research
is required. 12. Help Prevent Night
Blindness The primary cause of night
blindness is a deficiency in
vitamin A. Dates are rich in this
vitamin as well and help combat
this condition (20). In fact, regions with more date
consumption have rare
incidences of night blindness. Dates, the oldest cultivated trees
in recorded history, can cure
night blindness

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