Dates are the sweet, chewy fruit of the date palm tree (Phoenix dactylifera). Dates have been the staple food of the Middle East for thousands of years.
From the time it was discovered, which was thousands of years ago, dates have been known for its healing powers. And while science has proved that for sure, we love to eat them mostly because of how delicious these dark fruits are.
Apart from their delicious sweet flavour, they are one of the richest sources of healthy fibre, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins.
The massive health benefits of dates, proved by recent scientific studies, makes them one of the best ingredients you should consider incorporating into your daily diet.
Muslims, on the other hand, consider date palms and dates sacred, and throughout the religious fasting period of Ramadan, these dried fruits are a common ingredient in the diet.
Below are a few health benefits of eating dates:
1. Fixes Hangovers
Dates are commonly used as a remedy for alcoholic intoxication. They provide quick relief and have a sobering effect in case you feel as though you have consumed an uncomfortable amount of alcohol.
They can also be used the following morning to prevent severe hangovers. They should be rubbed and soaked overnight for the best results.
2. Dates Are A Source Of Antioxidants
All dates, fresh or dried, contain different types of antioxidants. Fresh dates contain anthocyanidins and carotenoids, while dried dates contain polyphenols.
Experiments in food chemistry show that Madina dates are highest in antioxidants when compared to other date varieties.
3. Treat Sexual Dysfunction
There are many benefits of dates for men but this makes for one of the most important ones.
Studies have shown that dates are even beneficial for increasing sexual stamina.
Simply soak a handful of dates in fresh goat’s milk overnight, then grind them in the same milk with a mixture of cardamom powder and honey.
This mixture becomes a very useful tonic for increasing sexual endurance and reducing sterility caused by various sexual disorders.
4. Other Potential Health Benefits
Dates have been claimed to have a few other health benefits that have not yet been extensively studied.
Blood Sugar Control: Dates have the potential to help with blood sugar regulation due to their low glycemic index, fibre and antioxidants. Thus, eating them may benefit diabetes management.
Prevents Abdominal Cancer: Abdominal cancer includes stomach cancer, renal cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, liver cancer and bowel or colorectal cancer.
Research has shown that dates work to reduce the risk and impact of abdominal cancer.
Bone Health and Strength: Dates contain several minerals, including phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Thus it makes dates a superfood for strengthening bones and fighting off painful and debilitating bone diseases.
Treatment of Anaemia: Anaemia is characterized by an unusually low quantity of red blood cells in the human body and is caused by the deficiency of iron.
Dates contain an impressive level of iron which makes them the perfect home remedy for treating iron deficiency. Consumption of dates on a regular basis can greatly boost the amount of iron in the blood.
The high level of iron not only balances out the inherent lack of iron in anaemic patients but also increases strength and vitality.
Dates might be so small but they're powerful. Treat this magical fruit with all due respect and it, in its turn, will give you the overall health and beauty you deserve.