Chip it or sprinkle it on any dish…Not only it will enhance it, but will also boost your health. We’re talking about the sweet dishes. Date Palms or simply dates are ancient fruits beloved by people for over 8,000 years. Dates are naturally fleshy and very sweet, unlike other stone fruits like peaches.
Rich in taste, dates are also rich in health benefits. These have iron and fluorine in high content. In addition, they are also rich source of minerals and vitamins.
Nutrient Value of DATES
Dates possess 15 minerals including potassium, magnesium, and selenium and 23 amino acids. In addition to this, they also provide more protein than any other fruit. Adequate amount of polyunsaturated fat that helps in easing high sugar content are also present in Dates. Dates contain the following amount of various nutrients:
- Fiber – 6.7 grams. 27% RDA.
- Copper – 0.4 milligrams. 18% RDA.
- Potassium – 696 milligrams. 20% RDA.
- Manganese – 0.3 milligrams. 15% RDA.
- Vitamin B6 – 0.2 milligrams. 12% RDA.
- Magnesium – 54 milligrams. 14% RDA.
Health Benefits of DATES
Better Brain Performance
Eating Dates helps in increased brain performance because of the rich amounts of vitamins and minerals present in them. Vitamin B6 is particularly crucial for maintaining mental functionality. The potassium present in the Dates supports the nervous system to function well, which means less stress and greater energy for thinking. It also enhances response time and processing speed of the brain.
Promote Digestive Health and Relieve Constipation
For regular bowel movements and proper colon health, Fiber is essential for our body. The insoluble and soluble fiber present in dates aid in cleaning out the gastrointestinal system, which allows the colon to work at greater efficiency levels. Other benefits relating to fiber include minimized risks of colitis, hemorrhoids and colon cancer.
Lower Blood Pressure
Magnesium has proved to be significant in lowering blood pressure. Again, dates are rich in mineral. Moreover, potassium is another nutrient in dates having several functions within the body, which helps in proper working of the heart.
Healthy Delivery and Labor
A study conducted on expectant mothers found that eating dates during last four weeks of pregnancy can actually make labor easier for women. These mothers needed less induction and experienced comparatively pain. It is assumed that it was because of the high mineral content balanced by fiber and micronutrients in the dates that inspired muscle relaxation and maintained energy.
Dates are very effective for eye health also. Dates are known to protect against night blindness. Dates also guard the eyes from macular degeneration. The phyto-nutrients and Vitamin-B, particularly lutein and zeaxanthin present in dates support the retina in filtering light.
The rich mineral content in dates, including manganese, copper, magnesium and selenium supports development of the muscle and helps in making bones healthy. Consuming dates can actually prevent osteoporosis and various other degenerative bone diseases.
According to a study, “inflammatory indicators in the body such as CRP (C-reactive protein), TNF (tumor necrosis factor alpha), and IL6 (interleukin 6) were all reduced when magnesium intake was increased.” In addition, inflammation in the arterial walls was also minimized with magnesium consumption. Based on the anti-inflammatory properties of magnesium and findings of this study, magnesium can efficiently lower the risk of arthritis, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and other inflammation-related health problems.
Gift for Anemic
As said above, dates contain adequate amount of iron which in turn helps in treating anemia. In addition, the presence of Fluorine in dates helps in easing or prevents tooth decay.
What’s cool about the Dates is that you can eat them in any way you want – simply use them for munching or add a little taste to your dishes by sprinkling pieces of dates on your cakes, salads, puddings, etc. Adding a few dates in your routine can actually boost your health.