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Date Fruit and the Heart

Date fruit is a popular fruit across the world; it tastes great, is rich in important nutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre, and can even help to treat or reduce the effects of certain diseases.

 

One reason why date fruit is great for our bodies is the positive effects on our heart.

 

Our hearts work tirelessly to pump blood through our blood vessels of the circulatory system. Essentially, the heart is the body’s engine room, pumping life-sustaining blood along a vast network of vessels and keeping the body supplied with oxygen and nutrients. It is constantly working, beating an enormous 100,000 times a day (that’s 3 billion heartbeats over an average lifetime!)

 

How is date fruit good for the heart?

Dates are one way we can keep our heart’s healthy. It has been found that a leaving dates to soak overnight, crushing them in the morning, and then consuming them, can be helpful to weak hearts.

 

Let’s go into detail…

 

A 100g serving of date fruit includes around:

 

  • 7g of fibre

Dates contain a variety of nutrients that help to support a healthy heart. Not only that, but they’re fat free, meaning they won’t increase your cholesterol. However big the serving, you’ll get about the same amount in natural sugars. These natural fibres are a great way to boost heart health.

 

  • 696mg of potassium

Potassium helps to regulate the electrical impulses that maintain a steady heartbeat. Not only that, but it can help to counterbalance the effect of sodium in your diet by lowering your blood pressure.

 

  • 54mg of magnesium

The role of magnesium on the heart is that it causes the muscles in your heart and blood vessels to relax, thereby lowering your blood pressure. It can also help to lower levels of triglycerides.

 

  • 2mg of vitamin B-6

Vitamin B-6 acts to remove homocysteine from your blood. Homocysteine is an amino acid, high levels of which are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Vitamin B-6 helps to lower the levels of homocysteine in your blood, protecting you.

 

Given these benefits, it makes sense to consider making dates a part of your daily diet. Good for our heart and muscles, there’s good reason to eat these delicious fruits every day!

 

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