If you love sweets and possesses high quality sweet tooth, you must love all sorts of energizing and sweets that taste good and have healthy benefits as well. Just like DATES. Yes, we’re talking about the berry of golden yellow color or reddish brown when fully ripe. Phoenix Dactylifera, commonly known as date or date palm is a flowering plant species in the plant family, Arecaceae that is cultivated for its edible sweet fruit.
The place of origin of date fruit is not known properly because of long cultivation, most probably it originated from The Fertile Crescent region straddling between Egypt and Mesopotamia.They are mostly grown in the Tropical regions of the world. Dates are quite popular almost everywhere; in all regions of the world. Dates could be sold as dry fruits as well as the moist juicy ones. You can clearly differentiate between the two types; if the dates are wrinkled skin, they are the dry ones while the smooth skinned are fresh and moist.
They are easily chew-able with a sweet tang, also extremely nutritious and have so many benefits related to health specially.
#1 major source of energy:
Dates are thought to be major source of energy and that’s not an over-statement, it actually provides you with the essential nutrients and helps you fulfill your appetite as well. Since its sweet and healthy, eating a few dates would definitely suffice your hunger games and you wouldn’t even feel the need to have a proper meal for sometimes, you could say, dates help in the maintenance of your diet as well.
Dates contain glucose, fructose and sucrose. These three sugars make them a perfect and complete energy boosting snack, also provides you with energy instantly so that you would not feel low-low. So, the next time you wanna reach for an energy bar, reach out for a couple dates instead and you will feel the difference just in a few days after practicing this routine. You’ll stay energized, active fresh all day.
#2 rich in protein:
They are rich source of protein for your body and if you are planning to lose some weight you might want to add a few dates to your daily diet routine, as it helps you build those strong muscles and keep you from over-eating. People who are regularly going to the gym are also advised to eat a few dates on a daily basis, since they are protein rich and have low content of fats.
#3 improves bone health:
Dates are helpful in keeping your bones strong since they are highly nutritious and healthy. They contain Selenium, Manganese, Copper and Magnesium, all of these components are helpful in the healthy growth of bones and save ourselves from getting into trouble related to bones just like Osteoporosis; a condition in which weaker bones make them fragile and they are more likely to break.
#4 reduces the risk of Colon Cancer:
Eating dates not only improves digestion but also regulate the whole digestive system in your body; as it helps increasing the blood circulation and improves metabolism and allows you to digest the food by proper breakdown of food into its components and provides you with healthy and beneficial nutrients.
If you have digestion issues IBS, Constipation or many other digestive and GI problems, dates can help. It not only improves the digestion process but also keep your gut healthy, in proper working and safe from harmful and deadly bacteria. Eventually both digestive system and gut working will contribute in making your colon works in the best way possible and helps reduce the risk of getting colon cancer.
#5 improve brain health:
Along with so many other healthy benefits dates also improve your brain health and help in lowering the inflammatory markers, such as Interleukin 6 (IL-6), in the brain. High levels of IL-6 are associated with a higher risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. They also reduce the activity of Amyloidal beta proteins that are to form plaques in the brain. Dates also reduce inflammation by providing with anti-oxidants that are helpful in keeping your brain healthy.
#6 improves skin:
Dates contain vitamins like vitamin C and D along with vitamins A1, B1, B2. B3 and B5. These vitamins C and D work on your skin’s elasticity, and keeps your skin smooth. In addition, if you suffer from skin problems, increasing the in cooperation of dates into your diet might help you in the long run. Dates also come prevent the accumulation of melanin in your body and acts as anti-ageing food substances as well.
#7 ease late-term labor in pregnant women:
Eating dates in your pregnancy is equally helpful as in so many other cases of life. Hell yeah this one fruit has so many advantages; you would be shocked that a tiny sweet fruit has such an enormous bundle of benefits and qualities that help in improving your mind and body health at the same time. Including dates in your diet especially in the last few weeks of pregnancy. Dates are thought to be promoting cervical dilation and lowering the need for induced labor. They are also known be helpful for reducing labor time in the pregnant females.
According to one study, 69 women who consumed 6 dates per day for 4 weeks prior to their due date were 20% more likely to go into labor naturally and were in labor for significantly less time than those who did not eat them.
Another study showed that nearly 154 pregnant women who ate dates in the last weeks of their pregnancy were much less likely to be induced compared to those who did not.
#8 rich in fiber:
Dates also have high fiber content and they are pretty helpful in the treatment of hemorrhoids. Also, they reduce the number of harmful bacteria and thought to be increasing the number of good bacteria in the stomach.
#9 lowers the risk of heart attack:
Dates also contain Potassium that is helpful in reducing the risk of strokes and lower the rates of LDL Cholesterol i.e. low density lipoproteins in the body. They contain very little fat as we have mentioned earlier as well.
LDL is considered as bad cholesterol that gets collected on the walls of your blood vessels leading to blockages and several other blood circulation issues. If this LDL concentration level is high in your body, you are more likely to have a heart attack and thus to prevent this disaster incorporate dates in your daily diet.
#10 stabilizes the nervous system:
For most nutritionists, the reason why we should increase the consumption of dates on a daily basis in our diet is that it helps stabilize the nervous system with the help of great deal of that it contains which eventually lowers the risk of getting a stroke in life by 40%.
So here we have reached a simple yet quite fascinating and strong conclusion that eating dates in not just beneficial in fact beneficial is a very small word in comparison to the huge number of benefits date fruit provide us with. Just like they say about Apples, “An Apple a day keep the doctors away” it would not be wrong at all to say that including date fruit in your daily diet would make you healthy, wealthy and wise and makes your life easy and good.
Eat a Date daily and thank us later, ha-ha!