Date fruit, the tropical fruit of the date palm which is grown in Iran and the Middle East, is widely considered to be amongst the most nutritious foods in existence. Their nutritional value is particularly impressive given their size. One small date is packed full of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals, each with their own unique benefits which assist healthy body function and prevent certain health issues.
Below is a list of just some of the main advantages of eating date fruit as part of your daily diet:
- Date fruit is a great source of potassium, which has numerous health benefits in of itself. Some of these include relief from stroke, regulating blood pressure, preventing heart and kidney disorders, reducing anxiety and stress, enhancing muscle strength, and improving metabolism, electrolytic functions and the nervous system.
- Date fruit is packed full of fibre, the consumption of which is essential for promoting proper digestive functioning and relieving constipation. For optimum results, leave the dates to soak in water overnight, then crush and consume in the morning to relieve constipation throughout the day. It can also help to prevent haemorrhoids, improve heart health and even reduce our risk of developing colon cancer.
- Date fruit contains vitamin B9, vitamin C and iron in abundance, all of which play a part in healthy red blood cell production, determining the oxygen-carrying capacity of our blood and stopping us from developing anaemia, which can leave us feeling lethargic and run-down.
- Date fruit is loaded with magnesium, the regular consumption of which has been found to have anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as decrease high blood pressure, lowering our risk of heart disease and stroke. In fact, studies have found that the risk of stroke decreases by 9% for every 100mg of magnesium a person consumes per day.
- Date fruit also contains vitamin B6, which can help to improve brain performance and increase alertness.
- Dates are low in fat and high in simple carbohydrates, making them a nutrient-dense energy food. Carbohydrates in dates are made up mainly of simple sugars which are quickly and easily converted into glucose for our cells to use as energy. Because of this, they are great for eating before and after exercise in order to replenish energy levels.
- Dates have also been found to be beneficial to pregnant women, with one study reporting a link between eating dates and favourable delivery outcomes such that eating dates in the last 4 weeks of pregnancy can significantly reduce the need to induce labour.
Given the above benefits, it’s easy to see why, according to specialists, eating just one date a day is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet.
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