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Date Fruit and Anaemia

Amongst the many benefits of eating date fruit – including digestive regulation, cancer prevention and promoting good heart health – is its ability to reverse anaemia deficiency. Anaemia, or iron deficiency, is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world, effecting more people than any other condition. In fact, it is estimated that a staggering 30% of the world’s population are anaemic.

 

What is anaemia?

 

Anaemia refers to an unusually low quantity of red blood cells in our body. Our red blood cells contain haemoglobin, which is responsible for carrying oxygen around our bodies. Those who suffer from anaemia, therefore, have a reduced amount of oxygen in their bloodstream.

 

What are the symptoms?

 

There are many symptoms of anaemia. Essentially, it is a general feeling of weariness – you may experience fatigue, headaches, leg cramps, dizziness, insomnia, shortness of breath, heart palpitations and/or have difficulty concentrating. This can have an directly detrimental effect on how productive we can be in our daily lives.

 

What causes anaemia?

 

Anaemia is caused by insufficient iron levels in the body. Iron is a vital component of haemoglobin. Without enough iron, the body cannot make enough haemoglobin. Without enough haemoglobin, the body cannot produce enough red blood cells. And, without enough red blood cells, there is insufficient oxygen carried around our bloodstream.

 

What can I do to prevent it?

 

The best way to prevent developing anaemia is to make sure you’re consuming enough iron through the foods you eat. Foods rich in iron include red meat, poultry, pork, fish, leafy green vegetables, dried fruits and certain cereals, breads and pastas.

 

Of course, we recommend dried dates are a perfect supplement to your diet if you are concerned about your iron levels.

 

In fact, date fruit contains 3 essential ingredients which will help to keep anaemia at bay. These are:

 

  • Vitamin B9

100g of dates contains 28mcg of Vitamin B9. One form of vitamin B9 is folate (folic acid), which is essential for the formation and growth of red blood cells. Because our bodies do not store folate in large amounts, it is important to eat plenty of folate-rich foods in order to maintain adequate levels of vitamin B9.

 

  • Iron

100g of dates contains 0.9g of iron. As a vital component of haemoglobin inside our red blood cells, iron indirectly determines the oxygen-carrying capacity of our blood. Dates have impressive levels of iron, particularly for such small foodstuffs, making them a perfect supplement for anyone suffering from or concerned about anaemia. By incorporating dates into your diet, you can reverse the effects of anaemia and will feel your energy and strength returning in no time.

 

  • Vitamin C

100g of dates contains 28mcg of Vitamin B9. We’ve seen how important it is to maintain sufficient iron levels, and vitamin C acts as a helping hand – helping the body to absorb the iron we consume. Not only that, but it is also an effective antioxidant, helping to protect body tissue from damage caused by oxidation. Vitamin C also helps to protect our bodies from free radicals, potentially cell-damaging molecules which are a natural by-product of the body’s metabolism. Cell damage can lead to aging and the development of certain diseases – vitamin C helps to prevent this.

 

It therefore makes sense to introduce date fruit into your routine as part of a balanced diet.

 

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