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15 Benefits of eating Dates (Khajoor)

Scientist have discovered lots of benefits associated with dates. Dates are one of the sweetest fruits found across the globe. It is curative and has amazing healing power. Best time to eat dates: eating 7 dates in the morning every day is believed to help get rid of body poison.

Do you know Muslims break their fast with dates? After a full day of fast, the body requires energy and dates are packed with sugars, which gives it the much-required boost. Other foods take time and may not help get rid of the fatigue from fasting so quickly. There are references to Prophet Muhammad (Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) stating that dates are the best way to break a fast, and when not available, water should be used, as they are both pure and curative.
Dates (Khajoor)
Dates (Khajoor)

15 Benefits of eating Dates (Khajoor):

1. Benefits of eating dates on an empty stomach

Dates are easy on the empty stomach and are easy to digest, and so do not take a toll on the stomach. Dates are supposed to be soaked in water and consumed every day for better digestion. People suffering from constipation can get huge relief by consuming 2 dates on empty stomach on a regular basis. Dates are rich in fiber, and so help in avoiding constipation, which is very likely otherwise. 

2. Helps in weight gain and control over weight problem too

Dates can help gain weight owing to their vitamin, sugar and protein content. If you are too skinny and are looking to put some pounds, dates could be one of the additions to your diet. Amazing it is also effective in controlling weight gain for fat people. This is possible because eating dates reduces hunger pangs, and thus excessive eating of other junk foods can be controlled. This indirectly helps in weight control. 

3. Beautiful Skin benefits

Dates have multiple good effects on the skin. They help in increase the elasticity and add a glow to your skin. Dates are also an anti-aging agent and do not let melanin accumulate inside the upper layer of the skin. Date palm kernel extract is known to have phytohormones that exhibit significant anti-aging effects. The extract can combat wrinkles too. People with dry skin can get it resolved with daily consumption of dates. 

4. Reduces allergic reactions

Dates also contain high levels of organic sulfur, which is known to be helpful for reducing allergic reactions. According to study, organic sulfur compounds can help relieve the number and intensity of symptoms from SAR (Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis).

5. Improves Heart health

Few dates a day was found to improve heat health. The antioxidants in dates prevent atherosclerosis, which is basically the arteries getting hard and clogged with plague. These antioxidants stimulate cholesterol removal from the artery cells. Dates also contain fiber. As per one UK study, regular intake of dates has been linked to a lower risk of coronary heart disease. Dates contain several types of antioxidants that may help prevent the development of certain chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, Alzheimer's, Diabetes and Cancer. 

6. Nourishes Brain Health

Brain functions can be improved with the help of dates. It protects against oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain. Regular consumption of dates and similar fruits has been linked to a lowered risk of neurodegenerative diseases and better cognitive performances in older individuals. 

7. Prevents Colon Cancer and Alzheimer

I have already mentioned above that eating dates help in controlling diseases like cancer and Alzheimer. Let me explain how? Consumption of dates increases the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut, and this promotes colon health. So, intake of dates can reduce the development of colorectal cancer. 

High levels of IL-6 are associated with a higher risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's. Studies have found dates to be helpful for low, ring inflammatory markers, such as interleukin 6 (IL-6) in the brain. So' supplementation of date fruits has the potential to slow down the progression of Alzheimer's. 

8. It is full of Nutrients

Dates contain nutrients such as Magnesium, Calories, Copper, Iron, Potassium, Protein, Fiber, Carbs, Manganese and Vitamins. Dates are also high in antioxidants, which may contribute to many of their health benefits. This is the reason why dates are very good for improving brain health. If you have a few dates every day, you won't have to take vitamin supplements. It is highly recommended for those who suffer from iron deficiency. It is great for blood purification as well. 

Fiber present in dates can benefit your digestive health by preventing constipation. It promotes regular bowel movements by contributing to the formation of stool. It may also be beneficial for blood sugar control. Fiber slows digestion and may help prevent blood sugar levels from spiking too high after eating.

9. Beneficial for Pregnant women

Dates have been studied for their potential to promote and ease late-term labor in pregnant women. Eating these fruits throughout the last few weeks of pregnancy may promote cervical dilation and lower the need for induced labor. They may also be helpful for reducing labor time. Dates help pregnant women through their calories. Pregnant women need about 300 calories more than their non-pregnant peers. Fiber in dates prevents pregnancy haemorrhoids. 

10. Keeps your Eyes, Teeth and Bones healthy

Dates are rich in vitamin A, which provide ample nutrition to aid the health of the eyes thereby strengthening the vision. Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium and Copper are abundantly present in dates and they help in building the strength of the bones by ensuring proper absorption of these minerals for formation of bones and teeth, blood clotting and muscle contraction. Dates also contain fluorine which particularly helps in keeping your teeth healthy. 

11. Prevents Night Blindness

The primary cause of night blindness is a deficiency in vitamin A. Dates are rich in vitamin as well and help combat this condition. In fact, regions with more date consumption have rare incidences of night blindness. 

12.  Energy Booster

The dates contain many nutrients, that as I have mentioned above which help boost your energy levels. It also contains natural sugars like sucrose, fructose and glucose all of which offer an energy boost to person required to be active and healthy. 

13. Prevent Hair loss

Dates are helpful for solving hair related problem too. Being rich in iron, dates promote hair growth. This happens as oxygen is properly dispersed to your entire body, your scalp included. This ultimately prevents hair loss and stimulates new hair growth. 

14. Treat Intestinal Disorders, Chronic Diarrhea and Anemia 

The nicotine content in dates is thought to be beneficial for curing many kinds of intestinal disorders. It helps to stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestines. Dates contain insoluble and soluble fibers, as well as many beneficial amino acids which can stimulate better digestion of food. According to a research, dates are high in dietary fiber and antioxidants, which help relieve diarrhea. Dates have impressive levels of iron which make them a perfect dietary supplement for people suffering from anemia. 

15. Natural Sweetener

Dates are a source of fructose, which is a natural type of sugar found in fruit. Therefore, dates are very sweet and have a subtle caramel-like taste.  They make a great healthy substitute for white sugar in recipes due to the nutrients, fiber and antioxidants that they provide. We saw above that how healthy this fruit is for us. Regular moderate intake of this fruit will have positive effect on our health. One more amazing fact about this fruit is, it helps in relieving stress and anxiety by producing calming effects in the brain.

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