Often neglected dry fruit “DATES” have a lot more to offer than you might think. Dates are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals that can help you regain good health. Dates also have numerous essential nutrients such as calcium, amino acids, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper, and magnesium that highly benefit the body. They are also wonderful sources of dietary fiber and are rich in vitamins A1, B1, B2, B3 and B5. Come let’s find out how this high number of nutrients can act as a savior in many diseases and help us maintain our health:
- Fights Constipation:
Dates are very famous when it comes to cure constipation. Thanks to its rich soluble fibre content, Date is an excellent source of natural dietary fibre which helps in fighting constipation. Fibre has capacity to hold water and increases softness of stool. Fibre helps in making stool bulky by adding weight to it, this facilitates movement of stools. Dates also help in regulating bowel movement. Date must be soaked overnight in water and consumed in the morning to improve condition of constipation.
- Weight Gainer:
If you are thin and want to add mass to your muscles, then add dated in your daily routine and the days will be gone where you were considered thin. Due to the high content of sugars present in dates, they are believed to be a good source of calories for those needing to gain weight. If taken with cucumber paste, it could help in putting on weight. The fruit provides approximately 3000 calories/ kg.
- Healthy Heart:
Date is known to be effective in strengthening weak hearts and maintaining healthy ones.Dates promote cardiovascular health by soaking out all the cholesterol from the arteries. Dates also help in lowering blood cholesterol level by curbing absorption of cholesterol and facilitate its excretion from the body. Research suggests that higher potassium intake of about 400 mg can reduce risk of strokes by 40%. Thus keep heart healthy and all heart related problems at bay.
- Pregnant Women’s Doctor:
Dates facilitates in a mother’s delivery process by strengthening the uterus muscles, enabling in a smooth manner for delivery. Dates not only ease the delivery process but they are also important for breastfeeding after delivery. They enrich the mother’s milk by providing it with nutrients beneficial for the baby’s health.
- Stomach Friendly:
The nicotinic content that is in dates is beneficial for curing any kind of intestinal disorder, an adequate intake of dates help us maintain a check on the growth of pathological organisms and thus, helps in the rise of friendly bacteria in the intestines.
- Improves Blood:
For vegetarians dates is considered as the richest source of iron. Indian women are prone to develop anaemia, so include dried dates in your diet to increase your haemoglobin levels. Dried dates are a potent source of iron, which increases the production of haemoglobin and also improves circulation.
- Fights Ageing:
Dates are a rich source of natural antioxidants. As we know antioxidants naturally fights free radicals, which are a cause of accelerated ageing and age related illness. A diet containing dates, rich in antioxidants prevents or at least delays the occurrence of those illnesses and can, therefore, help to delay ageing.
- Healthy Hair:
Hair problems like split ends, dull hair and damaged hair are part of our daily woes. Dates are a rich source of vitamins, among those vitamins found in dates the most important group is the group of B vitamins. B vitamin is known to help prevent such hair problems.
Dried dates contain vitamin A, which enhances the quality of the skin. Vitamin A and B5 are key at rejuvenating the skin. So, dried dates are good for skincare problems.
- Dates for sexual stamina:
Date is known to increase sexual stamina. It must be soaked overnight in goat’s milk and grinded in the same milk day after. Cardamom and honey must be added to this mixture to prepare a tonic. This is very useful in increasing sexual endurance and sterility.
With the kind of nutritional value and health benefits that Date brings with itself, it is indeed an essential fruit. But, just like always a word of caution. Firstly dates contain a number of nutrients, vitamins and useful amino acids so dates when consumed in large quantity can create a lot of heat within, that may cause stomach related problems or may be acne to those prone to acne. And another aspect is one must carefully check for any impurities that may be sticking on surface of date before consuming it, as sticky skin of date may attract impurities. One must choose dates which are free from such impurities, and make sure that date is ready to eat by washing it before consumption, as a measure of precaution.
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