Dates are a magic food. They can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, keep your bowel movements regular, are real pick me up energy food, protect you from heart attack and stroke and strengthen your heart. They are filled with nutrients.
People who are anaemic should eat dates. They are an excellent source of iron. 100 grams of date contain 0.9 mgs of iron, about 11% of the daily recommended iron intake.
Why do we need iron?
Determines oxygen capacity in Blood
Iron determines the oxygen capacity in your blood and are important for your blood count, clear and healthy blood and haemoglobin in the red blood cells. Everyone needs iron but in particular children in puberty and pregnant women.
Lower high blood pressure
Dates have very little sodium and are high in potassium. They have magnesium which contributes to the expansion of blood vessels. Research has shown that just 375 mgs of magnesium per day can lower blood pressure.
Protect against stroke
By lowering blood pressure, dates can protect a person from having a stroke. They regulate the operation of the nervous system because of their high levels of potassium. They are a superfood!
Diarrhoea and constipation
Dates, like prunes, can be used to treat constipation. Dates help food digest quickly and easily. You can stew the dates by putting them in water overnight. The juices will be released and they are an excellent natural laxative.
Likewise, dates will stop diarrhoea. They contain potassium which balances the intestinal flora and help the intestines to create good bacteria.
Protects against heart disease
All the properties of dates can help prevent heart disease. Eat them raw, eat them stewed or eat them in a stew, and they can keep your heart healthy and strong. Dates can strengthen a weak heart, together with a good diet and regular exercise.
Lower your cholesterol
Dates do not contain cholesterol and can also lower the bad cholesterol in your body. Dates can prevent the forming of fatty deposits in the arteries that can lead to high blood pressure, blood clots or other heart disease.
Regulates body weight
Dates do not contain any cholesterol, are filled with nutrients and eating just a few dates can leave you feeling filled and satisfied. If you eat dates on an empty stomach you will not only feel full quickly but your intestines will be regulated and your body will get enough natural sugar. Don’t eat too many dates though, because of the high natural sugar content.
Source: Fine Living Advice