Date fruit is enjoyed across the world, not only because it tastes great, but because of its ability to cure, reduce the chances of getting, or reduce the symptoms of, certain diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, digestive diseases, diabetes and anaemia. It can also be beneficial to pregnant women and the developing embryo.
You might already know that date fruit is a rich source of nutrients, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins and fibre, but did you know that it can have positive benefits for those with cancer too? These days, cancer now seems to be an almost inevitable part of our lives. But what is cancer? And can certain foods be useful in preventing it?
What is cancer?
Cancer (or malignancy) refers to a number of diseases that are caused by abnormal cell growth and which can spread to other parts of the body. It can be caused by a number of factors, including chemicals (such as smoking or drinking), bad diet and lack of exercise, infection, radiation, physical agents, hormones, or can even be simply down to hereditary factors. There are over 100 types of cancer, some of the most common of which include breast cancer, skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and lymphoma, and each of these types have their own specific symptoms. Cancer treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery.
Date fruit and cancer?
So what does date fruit have to do with cancer? Well, date fruit can actually play an important role in preventing and reducing the effects of cancer due to it being rich in effective nutrients. These nutrients include:
Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins for our bodies. Crucially, it is an effective antioxidant which helps to protect our body tissue from the damage caused by oxidation. Antioxidants work by protecting our cells against the effects of free radicals, which can be a potentially harmful by-product of our body’s natural metabolism. Free radicals can cause cell damage, and this can contribute to the development of cancer.
Date fruit is also a moderate source of vitamin A, which is also known to have antioxidant properties which can help curb cancer. Consumption of natural fruits containing vitamin A is known to help protect us from cancers of the oral cavity.
Like vitamin C and A, vitamin E is also hailed for its antioxidant properties which protect body tissue frm the damage of oxidation. This is important in the formation of red blood cells, along with vitamin C and vitamin K, which can help to fight cancer.
Date fruit has a high magnesium content which has been known to help prevent cancer. It is also useful in that it helps our bodies to absorb vitamin C, mentioned above for its anti-cancer properties.
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