Dates are fruits that are mostly found in the tropical region of the world and the Northern part of Nigeria.
Commonly used as a dessert or a sweetener, most people consume it for its unique taste without being aware of its benefits.
However, they are a good source of energy, fiber, sugar, and various vitamins and minerals.
The amazing health benefits of dates has made the delicious fruit the most sought-after in the world of health and nutrition.
This articlw will expose you to some of the surprising health benefits of dates.
1.Rich in Antioxidants
Dates contain several anti-oxidants which can be used for the management of oxidative stress-related illnesses.
Dates also contain anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial compounds like carotenoids, polyphenols, phenolic acids, which means they may also play a role in combating infectious diseases.
2.Helps the nervous system
Potassium is one of the prime ingredients in promoting a healthy and responsive nervous system, and it also improves the speed and alertness of the brain activity. The vitamins present in dates make it an ideal boost to nervous system health and functionality.
Dates have high fibre content which aids easy digestion.
The insoluble fiber found in dates promotes healthy digestion by bulking up the stool and may also aid in relieving the symptoms of constipation. It also helps in the treatment of intestinal conditions like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)and hemorrhoids.
4.Reduces The Risk Of Abdominal Cancer
Research has shown that the presence of antioxidants in dates allows it to reduce the risk of abdominal cancer.
5. Promotes blood sugar regulation
Dates can be good for blood sugar balance. Diabetes researchers have shown that dates have a low glycemic impact. This means that eating dates alone, or with a meal, may help people with type-2 diabetes manage their blood sugar and blood fat levels
The high levels of iron in dates balance out the inherent lack of iron in anemic patients, increasing energy and strength while decreasing feelings of fatigue and sluggishness. You can even addto your cereal and porridge.
7. Assists in healthy weight gain
The sugar, proteins, and other vitamins in the fruit help in weight gain, especially when you need it. Incidentally, it’s said that when eaten with cucumber, dates help to keep your weight at a normal level.
8.Promotes natural labour
Women who ate dates daily during their ninth months were less likely than non-date eaters to need medication to start labor or to help it keep progressing, a study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology found. They were also more dilated upon arrival at the hospital and labored seven hours less.
9. Boosts brain health
A study suggests that dates protect against oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain. According to research, “date palm fruits are a good source of dietary fiber and are rich in total phenolics and natural antioxidants, such as, ferulic acid, protocatechuic acid, and caffeic acid”. The presence of these compounds could potentially help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
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