The sweet Middle Eastern treat, often eaten only at Christmas, is a rich source of many Vitamins and minerals, so they really shouldn’t be overlooked in other times of the year as well. For a pure variety of nutrients, the dates are hard to beat, so here are just ten of the health benefits of dates you need to know about:
1. They’re a good cure for constipation
Dates are a good natural cure for constipation. Not only do they contain plenty of fibre, to get things moving again, but they have also been found to actively stimulate intestinal movement.
2. Dates have antibiotic properties
Some varieties of dates have very strong antibiotic properties and they have been proven to be as much as over 50% as effective as the antibiotic, ampicillin, in fighting bacteria such as E.coli, for example.
3. They are good for the cardiovascular system
Dates can reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in the blood and they have also been shown to reduce the build-up of plaque in the arteries and so promote a healthier cardiovascular system.
4. Dates are a great energy booster
Dates contain a good source of glucose, sucrose and fructose, which can give you an instant energy boost, just when you need it. Eaten in moderation, they can make a very nutritious and healthy snack.
5. Eating dates can reduce blood pressure
Eating dates can be useful for people who suffer from hypertension. Dates contain the minerals potassium and magnesium, both of which can be useful in regulating high blood pressure.
6. They can be useful in the later stages of pregnancy
A University research has found that eating dates in the final four weeks of pregnancy significantly reduced the need for labour to be induced.
7. Eating dates can reduce the risk of stroke
Researchers, from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, who combined the results of several different studies, published over a fourteen year period, found that the results suggested that the magnesium contained in dates could reduce the risk of stroke by nearly 10%.
8. Dates can help avoid iron deficiency
People suffering from anaemia are often advised to include dates in their diet, because of the fruit is very high in iron content.
9. Delays the signs of ageing
Dates are a rich source of anti-oxidants, which fight the damage to skin cells that is caused by free radicals.
10. Dates help to build strong bones