From the time they were discovered, which was thousands of years ago, dates were known to have healing powers. Now, date Fruit is one of the best dessert in a Raw Food Diet! Just grab a few of them and your sugar craving is over! Not only they are delicious, but they are very nutritious as well. This article will discuss the health benefits of eating date fruits and how to incorporate them in your Raw Food Diet.
From helping in killing intestinal worms, to cleansing the vital organs and improving heart and liver health, dates should best be eaten early in the morning to benefit from their much needed boost of energy.
While some studies have highlighted their health benefits in improving potency and working as an aphrodisiac, others have credited the antioxidants in dates for giving skin and hair a natural luster.
Fact: Date syrup is a paste made by blending dates with water. The syrup has a low Glycaemic Index and a lower fructose content than most other sweeteners.
They keep your stomach healthy
Rich in fiber, dates promote digestion and strengthens your intestine. It will also help if you have constipation issues.
Snack on those dates to keep your stomach happy and strong.
They may boost brain health
A scientific review from 2016 notes that some studies have linked regular date consumption to better thinking skills and a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s impairs memory and the ability to think. The review suggests that long-term use of date fruit supplements in rodents was associated with reduced plaque formation in the brain. These plaques are characteristic in people with Alzheimer’s.
May Regulate Blood Pressure
Dates are rich in potassium. One medjool date contains about 167 mg of potassium. This content is relatively high when compared to other fruits. Not taking adequate potassium may also lead to kidney stones, though more research is needed to understand this mechanism.
Fiber also stabilizes blood sugar levels. It also counterbalances the effects of sodium in your diet, and this may help lower blood pressure.
The magnesium in the fruit relaxes the muscles in your heart and blood vessels, consequently reducing blood pressure.
May Help Prevent Night Blindness
The primary cause of night blindness is a deficiency of vitamin A. Dates are rich in this vitamin as well and can help combat this condition. Regions with a higher date consumption seem to have rare incidences of night blindness.
Dates may also help reduce night blindness in geriatric cases
They improve your skin
The vitamins C and D work on your skin’s elasticity, and also keep your skin smooth. Plus, if you suffer from skin problems, incorporating dates into your diet might help you in the long run.
Plus, dates also come with anti-ageing benefits, and prevent the accumulation of melanin in your body.
Dates are Good for Pregnancy
Dates can support a healthy pregnancy by helping the women in their calorie intake and promote natural labor by cervical dilation in the last few weeks. It reduces the need for induced labor and can decrease labor time.
Some doctors believe that the compounds present in dates bind to the hormone oxytocin, which is known to cause labor contractions. It appears to imitate the functions of oxytocin during childbirth.
They are a natural aphrodisiac
Dates are excellent for boosting libido and to improve the quality of your sperm.
A study has shown that eating dates can improve the count, the motility and DNA quality of the sperm. It also increased the weights of the testis and epididymis.
Dates have been used as aphrodisiac and is known to improve sexual stamina, libido and your performance.
Raw Banana Peanut Butter and Dates Smoothie
This Raw Banana Peanut Butter & Date Smoothie is a healthy alternative to curb your sweet tooth! Sweetened naturally with dates, this smoothie is going to be your new favorite dessert!
- 1 cup Raw almond milk
- 1 ripe banana
- 4-5 pitted dates
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 tablespoons Raw peanut butter/almond butter
- ¼ – ½ cup ice
Now mix everything together and enjoy!