Saturday, September 17, 2011

Health Benefits of Sweet Dates

Sweet dates are something which is loved by almost everyone. Dates grow on palm trees which are found in mainly dry and arid regions like Northern Africa and the Middle East. Now, dates are also grown in different parts of the world. Dates are dark reddish brown in color and have a long woody seed in it. Dates are fleshy fruit and have wrinkled skin and sticky feel. Three types of dates like fresh, semi-dried and dried are available in the market. Their nutritional value is very high and provides lots of benefits. Read on to know the health benefits of sweet dates.

Sweet dates are great source of vitamins and minerals. They contain 20 different types of amino acids and have 25% more potassium compared to bananas. Fresh and dried dates have same health benefits but dried dates are higher in calories. Dates are regarded as a complete diet like honey, milk and grapes. You can consume dates alone or add them to cereals, milk, oatmeal, fruits or salads. Dates are also used for culinary purpose. They are used as an ingredient in many candy bars, cakes, breads, cookies, jellies, jams, cereals and puddings. 60%-70% natural sugar is contained by dates. This natural sugar is absorbed in the form of glucose and fructose by the body.

Nutritional value of Dates:

  • Protein
  • Carbohydrates
  • Dietary Fiber
  • Vitamins:
    • Folate
    • Niacin
    • Vitamin K
    • Vitamin A
    • Vitamin B6
  • Minerals:
    • Iron
    • Zinc
    • Calcium
    • Copper
    • Sodium
    • Magnesium
    • Manganese
    • Phosphorus
    • Potassium

Health benefits of Sweet Dates:

Dates are very helpful for the people who are suffering from constipation as they contain laxative properties and high amount of fiber. Dates provide roughage which clear the colon and give bulk to get rid of fecal matter. To solve the constipation problem, consume dates (soaked in water for overnight) in the next morning by making fine syrup.

Sexual Weakness
Dates help to solve the problem of sexual weakness. They help to increase sexual stamina and sterility which are caused by functional disorders. Take handful of dates and soak them in goat's milk for all the night. In the next morning, make the mixture of soaked dates along with milk by grinding. Add a pinch of cardamom and honey powder to the mixture.

Strengthen Heart
Those who are suffering from weak heart problems also get benefit from dates. Dates also maintain the health of the heart. To strengthen heart, you must drink (in the next morning) the mixture of dates which are immersed in water for overnight. You should crush the dates in the same water. Consume this mixture 2 times a week.

Assists Digestion
Dates have 20 types of amino acids that help in the process of the digestion. Therefore dates are digested easily. Within ½ an hour, dates provide the needed energy to the body for physical activities. Dates also prevent overeating if they are consumed on fasting days before breaking the fast.

Treats Anemia
Dates treat the problem of anemia as they are very rich in iron. Anemia is caused because of iron deficiency. Anemia patients should consume several dates daily for good health.

Alcoholic Intoxication
Dates are the superb remedy for alcohol intoxication/drunkenness. To get quick relief from alcohol intoxication, consume the water in which dates (fresh) have been rubbed/soaked overnight.

Strengthens Tooth Enamel
Dates also help to keep the tooth enamel strong as they contain fluorine. Fluorine is mineral which delay tooth decay process and keep plaque at bay. Dates also help in teething. Just tie a date on the wrist of a baby and let him/her to suck it. This will make the baby’s gums hard and prevent fretfulness with diarrhea.

Weight Gain
Dates contain protein, sugar and fats in high amount. They also have 3000 calories per kg which are enough to meet up the daily needs of the body. Take dates with cucumber paste to gain weight and solve the problem of over-slimming.

Intestinal Disorders
Dates cure the intestinal problems. They contain nicotinic which is considered to cure any type of intestine disorders. Dates control the growth of the pathological organisms and increase friendly bacteria growth in the intestines. So you must consume dates daily.

Prevent Abdominal Cancer
Dates have natural chemicals which fights cancer, particularly abdominal cancer. They work better than medicine without any side effect.

Fight acidity
If you consume dates as first thing in the morning, then they will leave an alkaline ash on digestion and keep the acidity problem at bay.

Prevents Night Blindness Problems
Consuming of 1 date daily improve the eye sight and cure night blindness.

Energy boosters
Dates consist of natural sugars (sucrose, glucose and fructose), carbohydrates and dietary fiber so they boost the energy level. To increase the energy level, consume dates by adding in milk.

Benefits for pregnant and breast-feeding women
Dates have certain stimulants which makes uterus muscles stronger in the last months of pregnancy. At the time of delivery, this helps in the dilation of the uterus as well as after delivery decrease the bleeding. Dates also consist of elements which decrease depression as well as enrich the breast-milk with required elements. These elements make the child healthy and give him/her the ability to fight against diseases.

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