The massive health benefits of dates have made them one of the most medicinal fruits on earth.
Cultivated since approximately 6000 B.C, the date fruit is one of the sweetest fruits that can significantly boost energy levels within half an hour of consuming it.
In fact, taking one date per day will not only help you to maintain your eye health all your life, it will also prevent the problem of night blindness.
Here are some of the health benefits of consuming dates
1. It promotes digestive health and relieve constipation
It is a well-known fact that fiber is very effective when it comes to promoting health and bowel movements.
Owing to the insoluble and soluble fiber found in dates, it helps to clean out the gastrointestinal system, therefore, allowing the colon to work at greater levels of efficiency.
Some other benefits relating to fiber and colon health are reduced risks of colitis, colon cancer, and hemorrhoids.
2. It helps in boosting heart condition
Just like it helps in the promotion of colon health, fiber is also known to boost heart condition. And one dates per day will help do the magic.
3. It is an anti-inflammatory agent
Dates are very rich in magnesium, and magnesium is a mineral known for its anti-inflammatory benefits.
One study found that “inflammatory indicators in the body such as CRP (C-reactive protein), TNF (tumor necrosis factor alpha), and IL6 (interleukin 6) were all reduced when magnesium intake was increased.”
Furthermore, inflammation in the arterial walls was also reduced with magnesium intake.
Based on magnesium’s anti-inflammatory properties and the findings of this study, magnesium can effectively reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, and other inflammation-related health ailments.
4. It helps reduce blood pressure
Apart from having anti-inflammatory benefits, magnesium has been shown to also help lower blood pressure; and again, dates are rich in magnesium.
Additionally, potassium is another mineral in dates that has several functions within the body. It helps put the heart to a proper working condition and also help reduce blood pressure.
5. It helps reduce stroke risk
After evaluating 7 studies published over a 14 year time period, researchers found stroke risk was reduced by 9% for every 100 milligrams of magnesium a person consumes per day.
This research can be found in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
6. It assists healthy pregnancy and delivery
Studies and researchers have concluded that dates fruits are very impactful with regards to labour parameters and delivery outcome.
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As a matter of fact, after studying 69 women for a year and 1 month, the researchers found that "the consumption of date fruit in the last 4 weeks before labour significantly reduced the need for induction and augmentation of labour, and produced a more favourable, but non-significant, delivery outcome.
The results warrant a randomised controlled trial."
Another surprising one, isn't it?
7. It helps boost brain condition
According to studies of JAMA Internal Medicine, sufficient vitamin B6 levels are associated with improved brain performance and better test scores. And dates are rich in vitamin B6.