GOOD FOR THE GUT
The synergistic action of the polyphenols and insoluble fibers found in dates could enhance colonic health. Data suggest that consumption of dates may increase beneficial gut bacterial growth and inhibit the proliferation of colon cancer cells. This is an early suggestion that date intake by humans may aid in the maintenance of bowel health and even the reduction of colorectal cancer development.
Dates or Sugar?
There’s NO comparison!
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THE MINERAL WEALTH OF DATES
• Dates have 2-1/2 times more potassium than bananas. According to the World Health Organization, potassium plays an important role in reducing blood
pressure and the risk of cardiovascular disease, and most people don’t get enough of it.
• Consuming a cup of chopped dates provides 63 milligrams of magnesium, which aids protein synthesis, blood glucose control, and muscle and nerve function, while also helping to regulate blood pressure.
• Fluorine in dates is useful in protecting teeth against decay.
• Selenium in dates helps to prevent cancer and is important in immune function.
• Dates are considered a good supplement for correcting iron deficiencies and anemia.
• Dates supply 18% of the daily value for copper in a 1/2-cup serving. Copper is an essential trace mineral that helps your body both absorb and use iron to form
red blood cells.
• The sulfur in dates can help stem the effects of SAR (Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis), which affects approximately 23 million people in the United States alone.
A NATURAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
Common health problems, including heart disease and diabetes, are associated with inflammation in the body. Antioxidants, particularly polyphenols from fruit, have been shown to work directly to neutralize free radicals and possibly reduce the damage caused by inflammation.
Among commonly consumed whole fresh fruits, dates rank high in antioxidant polyphenols. In fact, a recent study showed that date polyphenols inhibited the development of COX1 and COX2, enzymes associated with inflammation.
In addition, dates are a good source of magnesium. In sufficient quantities, magnesium has been shown to reduce the risk of arthritis and Alzheimer’s – both diseases associated with inflammation.
Women who are pregnant might consider eating dates to treat pain or inflammation instead of NSAIDs like ibuprofen, which could pose risks to both mother and fetus. A study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology suggests that eating six dates a day during the last four weeks of pregnancy significantly decreases the need for the induction and augmentation of labor.
DATES COMPLEMENT ANY DIET
Dates for DASH Dieters
The DASH diet – which grew out of research sponsored by the U.S. National Institutes of Health – has been shown to lower blood pressure without medication.
Because dates are rich in potassium, calcium and magnesium and high in fiber, they’re a perfect fit for the DASH diet.
A Mediterranean Diet Staple
As one of the oldest known fruits from the desert, dates have always been part of a healthy, Mediterranean diet. In addition to helping people lose weight, the
Mediterranean diet seems to help people lower their cholesterol, reduce their risk for Alzheimer’s, diabetes and various types of cancer, and improve rheumatoid
arthritis. This diet is centered on foods indigenous to the Mediterranean region – like olive oil and fish, along with whole grains and plant foods, including, of
course, the date.
Kids Love ’em!
Dates contain nutrients necessary for growth and health, including potassium for controlling blood pressure and maintaining the healthy development of
muscle and bone. This essential mineral is needed to build muscle, regulate your heart beat, control fluid balances and break down carbohydrates. Vitamin B6
found in dates is an essential nutrient for protein metabolism so that your body can build muscle and grow hair and nails.
Dates for Athletes
Fuel the machine. Dates are a perfect food for an active lifestyle, providing potassium and magnesium. These electrolytes play an important role in athletic
performance – potassium by carrying electrical charges to help muscles contract, and magnesium by dilating blood vessels to control blood pressure. A powerhouse of energy, dates are packed with both quick-digesting carbohydrates and fiber to control blood sugar for lasting energy. Dates are also an excellent
source of the amino acid leucine, which contributes to muscle growth and also regulates blood sugar.
Dates for Vegetarians, Vegans and Paleo Dieters
In addition to providing the sweetness of sugar without its negative health effects, dates provide vegetarians and vegans with amino acids, particularly lysine and leucine. These essential nutrients contribute to the complete proteins that non-meat eaters sometimes find difficult to include in their diets. Dates are also a terrific source of nutrients for paleo dieters, who are limiting refined sugars.