Personally, I think dates are underrated. For too long people have been thinking of this healthy fruit as not much more than a tasty sweet.
But turns out there are actually some really smart reasons to make dates a part of your regular diet.
Dates are chock-full of nutrients, including seven different vitamins and 10 minerals—like vitamin C, vitamin A, several B vitamins, calcium and iron.
And according to researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, half a glass of pomegranate juice and three dates a day provides a good protection against cardiovascular disease.
Still not convinced? Here are seven more reasons why we should all eat more dates!
1. Boost energy
Dates are easy to digest and can quickly deliver energy to the body, according to Organic Facts.
Just like nuts, dates make great snack. The fruit sugar in dates is filling and provides a long-lasting energy boost. And at the same time, the vitamins in dates stimulate brain activity.
2. Fight Atherosclerosis
Scientists in Israel have come to the conclusion that consuming a combination of dates and pomegranate juice provides good protection against atherosclerosis, a thickening of the arteries of the heart, which can cause heart attacks or strokes.
The highest concentration of nutrients helpful in fighting atherosclerosis are found in the pit, which can be ground up and eaten. But the fruit also provides good protection, according to the researchers.
3. Strengthen the liver
Dates are a natural source of magnesium, which is good for healthy cells and a properly functioning liver.
Date seed extract can also help regulate and reduce liver fibrosis, which may make it helpful in fighting cirrhosis, writes Healthy and Natural World.
4. Give you eagle eyes
Dates are rich in vitamin A, which is essential to eye health. The vitamin is also important for the function of the skin and mucous membranes, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Do you suffer from night blindness or have trouble seeing in the dark? The most common cause is a vitamin A deficiency, so try eating three dates a day. Your eyes will thank you!
5. Improve digestion
The nicotinic acid found in the dates is said to provide the perfect against intestinal disorders. A regular intake of fruit increases the growth of beneficial bacteria needed for a functioning gut, writes Natural Health 365.
Dates are also high in fiber and have a mild laxative effect, which may help those who suffer from constipation.
6. Help reduce pain
It sounds strange, but the magnesium contained in dates can relieve pain and reduce swelling. But because magnesium is a muscle relaxant, it may also relieve in tension headache.
7. Improve sleep
Try eating dates an hour before you go to bed. They're rich in the amino acid L-tryptophan, which produces mood-enhancing serotonin and facilitates the onset of sleep.
I had no idea that dates are so good for you, so I hope you learned something new, too.
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