dates – Healthy superfoods – by Dr. Nuwanthi Fernando
People who eat dates frequently know the sweetness of these brown fruits. Dates come from palm trees and they are undoubtedly high in nutrient content. The fruit has an array of essential minerals including calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, sodium, zinc, and magnesium as well as vitamins A, K, thiamine, niacin, folate, and riboflavin. All these in one fruit makes dates a nutritional powerhouse. Apart from these benefits to the general health listed below, men also have a special token of benefits from the dates.
Constipation and Gastrointestinal Disorders
Dates are a potent laxative which eases the symptoms of constipation. Soluble fibre is found in the fruit and it relieves a constipated individual by triggering healthy bowel movements. The minerals like magnesium also help in gut mobility and enhance peristalsis. Nicotine in dates helps in other gut disorders and it is the more reason why you should include dates in your diet. The vitamins found in the fruit helps in inhibiting and keeping pathological organism in check. Consequently, they help in promoting the growth of friendly bacteria which digest food and makes absorption much easier. This prevents nutritional deficiencies from poor absorption.
You need strong bones to carry the heavy weight of the body. In osteoporosis, the bone density is so reduced that it can fracture under normal circumstances. Copper, magnesium, and selenium have been found to be in a high amount in the date fruit. They help in fighting osteoporosis and can be rightly termed as a superfood. Healthy bones increase functionality and ability to exercise or do household chores hence improving the life of an individual.
Anemia can be caused by any factor as long as it affects the production, maturation, and survival of the red blood cells. When an individual gets the condition, they get sluggish and easily fatigued. Dates can manage the symptoms of anemia since it has high amounts of iron. Iron is needed in the manufacture of the hemoglobin. This makes dates an important supplement when one has anemia. It improves night vision and increases the energy levels in the sick person.
In a study done in the US, the number of people who get seasonal allergic rhinitis is in the millions. This means that allergy is a common presentation in the hospital setting. The best way to address allergy is by using organic sulphur compounds like dates. Unfortunately, sulphur is rare in most common foods and that puts many people at a loss. This compound which is found in dates treats allergy by reducing the symptoms. You can leave without the fear that a cold exposure will bring allergy if you are covered by the protection of dates. You should, however, avoid allergens at all costs so that the immune system does not get over-sensitized and harm you.
Promotes Healthy Weight Gain
People are interested in losing weight which is good if you are obese. If you are lean, you may need to gain some weight so that the hormones in the body get balanced. Sugars, essential vitamins, and proteins in dates are the best way to gain weight. Other foods have the potential of making you gain too much weight but dates promote healthy weight gain.
The natural sugars such as fructose, sucrose, and glucose are needed for an energy boost. They simply give you an instant source of energy to use in activities that require some level of exertion. Athletes need such a quick burst of energy before they hit the track. Processed sugars achieve this purpose but at an increased risk of weight problems as well as type 2 diabetes.
Healthy Nervous System
The nervous system is a complex system that requires the input of vitamins and minerals such as potassium. These provide a boost to the system and increase the functional capacity of the nerve conduction. Potassium makes the nerves more responsive to stimuli by improving the alertness and speed of the brain activities of receiving, interpreting, and disseminating information.
Potassium also helps in the cardiovascular system especially the heart. It reduces the risk of diseases like stroke which are potentially lethal. The other usefulness of dates in this system is lowering of cholesterol levels. Too much cholesterol in the blood will clog the blood vessels and cause myocardial infarction. Dates improve the heart health by decreasing the risks of heart attack, stroke, and other common diseases.
Boosts Sexual Health
Dates have been shown to increase the stamina especially when mixed with goat’s milk and left soaked overnight. A man with erectile dysfunction can benefit from drinking this mixture alongside honey and cardamom in the morning. The compound responsible for this benefit is flavonoid and estradiol, which help increase the testicular mass and size as well as sperm count and motility.
Decreasing Risks of Abdominal Cancer
Cancers in the abdomen could affect any organ in that compartment. Dates prevent such cancers across all age groups by decreasing the occurrences of abdominal diseases and eliminating harmful pathogens. This then reduces the risks of one acquiring abdominal cancer.