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Date Fruit and Minerals

More than just your average fruit, date fruit is known for its ability to cure or relieve the symptoms of various diseases and health conditions including diabetes, anaemia, cardiovascular diseases, fevers and even certain cancers. It has also been found to have benefits on particular groups of people, including pregnant women, those who suffer from fertility issues, and can even have a positive effect during labour and promote a smooth, natural delivery.

 

Why?

The reason date fruit can do such wonders is due to its array of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibres (to name but a few), each of which have their own unique health benefits.

 

We’ve gone into detail in other sections about the various health-promoting contents of the date fruit. Now let’s focus specifically on the date fruit’s mineral content, and what they can do for our bodies:

 

A 100g serving of date fruit contains:

 

  • 964mg of Potassium

What does this do? Regulate the electrical impulses that are responsible for maintaining a steady heartbeat, as well as counterbalance the potentially negative effects of sodium in your diet by helping to lower your blood pressure

 

  • 54mg of Magnesium

What does this do? Magnesium can also help to lower your blood pressure by encouraging the muscles in your heart and blood vessels to relax. Magnesium may also help to lower the levels of triglycerides – these are a form of dietary fat, high levels of which can cause heart disease.

 

  • 64mg of Calcium

What does this do? Most of us will know that calcium is an important mineral, essential for the healthy bones and teeth. We also need calcium to help the muscles in our body contract, to help our blood clot and for nerve impulse conduction.

 

  • 296mg of Manganese

What does this do? Like calcium, manganese promotes healthy bone structure and bone metabolism. It also acts as a co-enzyme, working with the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase to assist metabolic activity in our bodies.

 

  • 362mg of Copper

What does this do? Copper is a key player in the production of red blood cells, which carry oxygen around the body.

 

  • 9mg of Iron

What does this do? Dates are a fantastic source of iron. Iron a key component of haemoglobin, which is found inside our red blood cells. Without sufficient levels of iron, our body cannot make enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells, leading to iron deficiency (anaemia) which makes us feel run down and fatigued.

 

  • 62mg of Phosphorous

What does this do? When combined with calcium, phosphorous helps to ensure strong bones and teeth. It also helps to protect our nerve cells. Like calcium, is fairly abundant in our bodies, but topping it up through eating date fruit will ensure healthy bodily function.

 

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