Many people have heard of dates, but are not familiar with the magical capabilities that dates have to positively influence human health. Here’s a list of all the great and wonderful benefits of dates.
What Are Dates Good For?
The best way to beginning to combat constipation is making a change in diet. Eating foods that contain fiber is one of the best ways to get things moving. Dates contain large amounts of fiber, and eating them will help the bowels move with ease. Eating dates on a regular basis as well as drinking enough water can make you stools more normal and regular (1).
Heart disease is one the leading causes of death. Heart disease is exacerbated by poor diet and little to no exercise. A diet low in GI (glycemic index) can decrease the risk of heart disease. Dates are a food that are low in GI and eating them is a great way to lower the chances of heart disease (2).
Too much cholesterol can affect our health in adverse manner. Luckily, if your body has too much cholesterol, there is a way to lower it naturally, often without medication. Eating dates daily, has been proven to lower cholesterol in the human body (3) They also contain very low amounts of saturated and trans fat. They are a great alternative to unhealthy sweet treats.
Vitamin K can reduce bone turnover and improve bone strength (4). It is recommend to consume 90 micrograms of vitamin K per day, dates contain 30 of those micrograms. So eating 3 dates a day could go a long way in keeping your bones healthy and strong.
Just like dates help improve cardiac health, they can work in the same manner to regulate blood pressure. They are low in sodium, saturated and trans fats, and sugar. They can be a great addition to a regimen to lower high blood pressure (5).
It can be a frustrating experience to deal with infertility. Many people who struggle with this can spend countless dollars on medication and procedures to try and reverse this condition. Often times these measures are not effective and can cause more frustration. Before trying these measures, try eating more dates. Dates contain micro elements such as estrone, sterols, and carotenoids that can actually influence male fertility (6).
There are certain foods can actually prolong the the natural loss of brain function that occurs with age. Foods that contain Omega-3’s, B vitamins, vitamin E, vitamin C, Choline, Calcium, and Iron do wonders for preserving the capabilities of the brain (7). Dates are packed full with all of these vitamins and minerals. Eating dates is a great way to keep up the abilities of the brain.
A good way healthily gain weight is to snack in-between meal times. Snacking is okay, as long as they are smart food choices (8). Fruit, such as dates, are an excellent option because they are nutritious and delicious.
Skin and Hair
A bad diet can result in poor skin and brittle hair. Dates are a great superfood that promote health skin and strong hair. This is because they are rich in B vitamins and niacin (9).
Great for Pregnant Women
Not only can dates provide essential nutrients for the fetus during pregnancy, but they can help relieve constipation and hemorrhoids during the 3rd trimester. (1). Dates are also known to have contractile properties, which help labor to move quickly and efficiently, and new studies have show that dates also have a significant effect in cervical dilation (10).
Next time you’re at the grocery store, try picking up a pack of dates and see first hand how they can help you.
Here are a few easy ways to add dates into your diet.
- Blend pitted dates into a smoothie recipe. They will act as a natural sweetener.
- Bake dates into this fudge recipe.
- Mix diced dates into your morning oatmeal or cereal.
- Make a homemade trail mix with chopped dates, nuts and seeds, dark chocolate, etc.