Health Benefits of Dates

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Dietary Uses

Date fruits are highly nutritious; they give instant energy which is why when fasting, many muslims during the month of Ramadan break their fast first with dates. The fruits are rich in Vitamins A, B and C, and minerals, such as calcium, iron, potassium and phosphorus.
The milk infusion is recommended as a very high-energy and restorative tonic food for building up wasted muscles and regaining lost weight during convalescence from injury, fevers, anaemic conditions and other illness.

Date fruits milk infusion is also recommended for women in the post-partum and lactating periods. 

Relieves constipation: Dates are high in fiber, both soluble and insoluble, which can help pregnancy-induced constipation to give you some possibly much needed digestive relief.  

 

Helps lower the risk of gestational diabetes: Since fiber helps produce less of a blood sugar response, dates can help keep your blood sugar regulated and reduce the risk of developing gestational diabetes (and even diabetes later in life.)

Improves heart health: Lowering cholesterol, reducing risk of stroke, and lowering blood pressure are just a few ways fiber in dates works to keep your ticker healthy which is important when growing and raising a baby.

Boosts brain health: B-Vitamins are great for the brain! Yours AND your baby's. 

Lowers blood pressure and risk of pre-eclampsia: The fiber content and other qualities of dates help regulate blood pressure, which reduces the risk of pre-eclampsia and related complications.

Promote healthy eyes, skin, and hair: B Vitamins are important, especially Vitamin B6 which is found in dates. Not only does it help with hair, skin, and eye health, but it also is important for mood, energy, and metabolism of nutrients.

Studies have shown that eating date fruits on a regular basis promotes longevity and reduces the risk of heart disease and cancers.
Medicinal Uses.

Date fruits have been known and used for hundreds of years for home/folk remedies.
Date Fruits As A Corrective Aid For The Reproductive Organs.
In traditional Arab medicine, date fruits are used to enhance fertility in both men and women.
Taking up to five dates fruits with a glass of warm milk early in the morning and at bedtime daily for 30 days serves as aphrodisiac for sexual debility, both in the young and the old.
It promotes sperms quality and quantity. Date fruit is best used for male infertility.
It increases the size of testes in men and the size the breasts in women.
 

Date Fruits As A Nutritive For The Nervous Systems.

Drinking a milk decoction of date fruits, made by boiling six date fruits in a cup of milk once daily helps in nourishing the nerves and energising the body generally.

Date fruits contain serotonin that affects the mood and emotion, therefore, the fruits are recommended in cases of debility, fatigue, neurasthenia, alcohol intoxication, alcoholism, paralysis, coma and diabetes insipidus.

Date Fruits As A Cancer Preventive

Dates fruits contain anthocyanins, which act as powerful antioxidants and anticancer or anti-tumour.
In addition, dates fruits are considered as alkaline-forming, immune-boosting and liver-nourishing.
All these therapeutic activities of date fruits make them very useful in preventing all kinds of cancers.

Studies have shown that people who consume large quantities of dates daily, especially on empty stomach, have low incidence of cancers (e.g. abdomen and colon cancers, testes, uterus, vaginal cancers, etc).

Date Fruits As A Digestive Aid

Dates contain good amount of soluble dietary fibre that acts as a good digestive aid and stimulates bowel movement.
Therefore, date fruits are recommended in all cases of digestive problems- constipation, indigestion, nausea, haemorrhoids, feeble spleens, peptic ulcer, and gastric complaints.

Date Fruits For Respiratory Diseases

Date fruits contain tannins that act as astringents for the respiratory tract. Drinking a milk decoction of date fruit by boiling up to seven date fruits in a cup of milk at bedtime for 30 days is recommended as a helpful remedy for the treatment of coughs, bronchial catarrh, asthma, tuberculosis, cold, flu, fevers, chest complaints, laryngitis, sore throat, etc.

Date Fruits For The Prevention Heart Diseases

Drinking a cup of cold infusion of date fruits (infusing up to12 mashed date fruits in a cup of water overnight) once a day helps to keep the heart healthy and strengthens a weak one.

It also lowers the levels of LDL or “bad cholesterol,” and therefore reduces the risks of heart attacks, strokes, etc.

There are other uses of date fruits. Due to its high magnesium content, date has anti-inflammatory properties and therefore good for chronic inflammatory conditions, like arthritis, allergic reactions, etc.

Date fruits are also useful in the treatment of water retention, oedema, cystitis, strangury, yeast infection (candidiasis), etc.
Cautions
So far, there are no known side effects or hazards associated with the use of date fruits.
However, due to the high in sugar contents, diabetic patients should avoid them.

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