Did You Know: Dates are essentially a SUPER-FOOD
Dates are usually known for how sweet they are, and very rarely for how nutrition packed and how versatile they can be in helping to regulate the digestive process.
Dates are, essentially, a super food. Super foods are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals.
One of the first things to know about dates is that they can significantly boost a person’s energy levels in within half an hour of consuming them. However, despite popular belief, eating dates will not raise blood sugar levels. Evidence suggests that dates are a slow releasing sugar, consequently providing your body with a constant flow of energy throughout the day.
This often misunderstood fruit actually comes packed with different vitamins and minerals such as; vitamin B-6, thiamine, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K. Some of the minerals found in dates are; calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and zinc.
With all these nutrients, it is evident that dates are a powerhouse that can be used in various aspects of healthy eating. Some of those are listed below:
Constipation: Dates contain high levels of soluble fibre, which is essential in promoting healthy bowel movements and the comfortable passage of food through the intestinal tract. It is therefore categorized as a laxative food. In order to achieve the desired laxative effect, you should soak them in water over night for consumption the next morning.
Bone Health and Strength: The high amount of vitamins and minerals found in dates makes it so that they are a super food for strengthening bones and fighting off painful diseases like osteoporosis. Dates contain selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, all of which are integral to healthy bone development and strength, particularly as people begin to age and their bones gradually weaken. So, eat your dates and boost your bones!
Anaemia: The high mineral content in dates makes them beneficial for many different health conditions, but their impressive levels of iron make them a perfect dietary supplement for people suffering from anaemia. The high level of iron balances out the inherent lack of iron in anaemic patients, increasing energy and strength, while decreasing feelings of fatigue and sluggishness.
Nervous System Health: Dates are also a powerful brain booster. Potassium, which is also found in dates, is one of the prime ingredients in promoting a healthy and responsive nervous system, and it improves the speed and alertness of brain activity. Therefore, dates are a wonderful food source for people as they begin to age and their nervous system slows down, as well as for people who want to keep their mind sharp.
Healthy Heart: Healthy heart, happy heart. Rich potassium, dates have been found to reduce the risk of strokes and other heart related diseases. Furthermore, they are a great way to reduce levels of bad cholesterol in the body, which is a major contributing factor to heart related diseases. Therefore, dates can seriously improve the overall health of the heart. (If you’re a diabetic seek your dietitian advice).
Sexual Weakness: Studies have shown that dates are even beneficial for increasing sexual stamina. High levels of estradiol and flavonoid components of dates are what increase sperm count and motility, as well as promoting increased testes size and weight. So, if you are looking for ways to boost you masculinity, eat some dates, because they are a great natural aphrodisiac.
Lowers triglyceride: Triglycerides a type of fat present in the body as a result of excessive energy intake – eating energy packed eating or limited physical activity. Evidence suggest that consuming dates may lower triglycerides by 8 to 15 percent. Reducing your triglyceride levels will lower your risk of hardening of the arteries, heart attack and stroke. Moreover it will reduce insulin resistance leading to a better diabetes control for certain groups.