Mother Nature provides all that is why whatever drugs or foods we ingest whether they go through a lab or not, they don’t just come out of nowhere they are gotten from nature. Furthermore, we have the world as it is today has gotten too dependent on pharmaceutically manufactured drugs even though we can simply find solutions to some health conditions or disease simply in the foods we eat or natural fluids we ingest.
The foods we eat can be natural drugs but it isn’t merely that simple we have to know the right foods to eat, their nutritional value, how best to prepare them before eating, the amounts of the food we are to eat at a particular time and even when to eat these foods. The reason why food has the capacity to do a lot is that each class or type of food contains certain nutrients, vitamins or minerals that are necessary to help our bodies carry out its metabolic processes. Most drugs found in pharmacies are made out of natural herbs (vegetables) or fruits, this is because vegetables and fruits are very rich in vitamins, mineral and are even very good antioxidants.
One much underrated fruit which does not get a lot of attention is the date, though dates are a very delicious fruit or snack they have a lot of health benefits that make it worth discussing. But first what are dates? Dates also are known as Phoenix dactylifera, is a fruit that grows and is gotten from the date palm tree. The date palm tree is a type of tree that is mainly grown in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world like The Middle East, Northern Africa and South Asia, but are can also be grown in other parts of the world under suitable conditions and has been known to have been cultivated for over thousands of years. Also, though its origin hasn’t been definitively been established is believed to have originated between Northern Africa and Mesopotamia.
Dates are oval-cylindrical in shape and have various species; the Deglet Noir and Medjool variety are the most common variety consumed. They are bright red or bright yellow when ripe, they contain about 80% sugar (glucose, fructose, sucrose), they are very chewy, they have a hard feel and wrinkled outer appearance when dried (which is how they are mostly sold) but have a soft feel and smooth appearance when fresh. Asides the natural sugar content, dates contain various vitamins and mineral as well as other nutrients and so eating dates, have a lot of benefits and this is why they are becoming increasingly popular. Let us look at some of the benefits of eating dates.
Health Benefits of Eating Dates
Dates contain a lot of essential nutrients, although as previously mentioned it contains 80% sugar which means it has a high carb content but they also contain protein, fiber and, various vitamins and minerals like; Vitamin B6, Vitamin A which is essential for good vision, Vitamin K, Iron which is essential in the production of red blood cells, Potassium. It also contains other trace elements like Manganese, Copper, zinc etc.
As already mentioned, dates have antioxidants and the antioxidants found in the fruit are good for preventing atherosclerosis which is a disease that affects the health of the heart. Atherosclerosis occurs when the arteries are clogged up with cholesterol, so the antioxidants found in dates help in the removal of cholesterol from the arteries thereby enabling proper circulation and ultimately keeping the heart healthy. Also, it contains a phyto-chemical known as isoflavone which helps in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
Helps to Gain Weight
Looking to pack on a few pounds because you are too thin or you are recovering from a sickness that caused you to lose weight and therefore looking sickly? Date is definitely a healthy food you can eat that helps in weight gain. Although dates have zero fat content, because of their high sugar content and also protein content they help in the gaining of weight. More research is needed though to help us understand how exactly they are able to do this.
Improves Sexual Performance
It safe to say that sexual performance is definitely an important issue for people, especially for men. A lot of men having problems with performing optimally in the sack spend a lot of time and money in trying to improve on this. They end up buying prescription drugs or getting the drugs through in- office dispensing which definitely helps them, but instead of taking drugs they could try incorporating dates into their daily diets because dates have been proven to have sexual health benefits. Dates help to improve both sperm motility and count because of its flavonoid and estradiol content. It also has an aphrodisiac quality which means they also help to improve sexual drive.
Other Health Benefits
Asides from the various health benefits already mentioned above, dates have other health benefits which are; they help ensure a healthier brain because they help to improve brain cell communication by reducing the activity of amyloid beta proteins which form plaques that disrupts brain cell communication, they also help to improve other brain functions including memory. Dates also help to improve skin health and quality because they contain vitamin c and D which are necessary for healthy skin, it also has anti-aging qualities. A very important health benefit of this fruit is that it promotes a healthy pregnancy and child delivery because they help provide a lot of calories which are more needed by pregnant women but also provides a lot of necessary nutrients, it also helps to prevent pregnancy hemorrhoids owing to their fiber content, it also increases the chances of spontaneous labor which makes child delivery less painful and relatively quicker. Also, because it contains antioxidants it helps to clean up free radicals which are harmful to the body. They also contain phenolic compounds that could help in the prevention of various types of cancers.
Easily Incorporated into Daily Diet
Because they are very sweet they can be used as an alternative sweetener to sugar. Also, because of their sweetness they can be used in the making of confectionaries like cookies, cakes, and bread, they can also be eating with cereals, they can also be blended in smoothies which could be really delicious. There are several recipes that utilize date that could be fun to try out and extremely healthy for you or your family. All these above-mentioned benefits make dates not just delicious but healthy and definitely couldn’t hurt to try out and infuse into a daily meal. So whether you want to be a better lover or you want to keep your health in tip-top shape you can start eating dates and possibly discover other benefits on your own.