Dates are not really a common specie. They are not the regular kind of fruits that we eat. Few might have come across it but might not know what date fruits are and how they help the body.
Dates go way back to the 6th millennium BCE from Arabia. Also known as Date palm, is a flowering plant species in the palm family, Arecaceae, and is cultivated for its sweet edible fruit. The specie is widely cultivated across Northern Africa.
Dates can be found peculiar to parts of Arabia and also Muslims. They are one of the fruits that can be used to break the fast during the period of Ramadan. They are highly nutritious and have some interesting health benefits despite having a sweet taste.
They can be consumed in both fresh and dried forms. They are sweet with a rich flavour and a chewy texture. A typical date fruit has an outer fleshy part and consist of a seed inside. They make a great combination of both good taste and health.
Here are some health benefits of dates;
- Bone strengthening:
Dates have a large amount of minerals such as selenium, magnesium, manganese and copper which have their individual contribution to bone health. They also help in the development of healthy bones even at the stage of Old age.
- Helps in proper functioning of the nervous system:
Dates are a good source of vitamins and they help in the functionality of the human nervous system. Dates contain vitamins such as B1, B2, B3, B5, A1, and C. These vitamins help to keep you healthy.
- Curing Anaemia:
Anaemia is the reduction in the quantity of red blood cells in the human body. Dates are rich in iron which helps balances the lack of iron in anaemia patients and also increases strength.
- Improving Brain health:
It is reported that dates help in reducing inflammation and preventing plaques from forming in the brain. This is very important in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.
- Control of Blood Sugar:
Sounds interesting due to the sugar content and how sweet dates are but they actually have the potential to help with blood sugar regulation. They are rich in fibre and antioxidants, with also having a low glycemic index. All these could contribute to the control of blood sugar.
Other benefits of dates include;
- Lowering of cholesterol
- Helps to improve the skin
- Helps in curing Alcoholism or Hangovers
- Promoting ease during labor for Pregnant women
- They are also rich in protein and can help in weight gaining processes.
Dates are not just the regular fruit we see all day. As said before, they are the right combination of both good taste and an even better health. Try a date fruit today.
Have a nice day!