From the time they were discovered, thousands of years ago, dates have been known to have healing powers.
There are well over 30 varieties of dates found around the world, all a delicious sweet treat full of natural goodness.
Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals, energy and fibre. They contain many minerals, such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and zinc. They are also dubbed as the healthier substitute for sugar, as unlike sugar it does not contribute empty calories.
Here is why they are sooo good…
1. Help to balance cholesterol
Did you know that dates are free from cholesterol and contain very little fat? Including them in your daily diet can help you keep a check on cholesterol level, and even assist in weight loss plans.
2. High in protein
They are also an extremely good way of getting protein into the body. They help us to get strong muscles and feel fighting fit!. If you are a regular gym bunny, then 2-3 dates a day are going to help assist you in your quest for a good, toned body.
3. They are high in vitamins
Dates contain vitamins such as B1, B2, B3 and B5, as well as A1 and C. They also help to keep energy levels high as well because they contain natural sugars such as glucose, sucrose, and fructose.
4. Protection for your bones
Dates could do wonders for your bone health too as they are rich in selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, and all of these are required when it comes to keeping our bones healthy and preventing conditions such as osteoporosis.
5. Calm the nervous system
They are very beneficial for your nervous system as are loaded with potassium, and yet contain little sodium, and that goes a long way in keeping your nervous system balanced. The potassium helps to reduce cholesterol and keeps the risk of a stroke in check.
6. Rich in iron
They are also rich in iron which is highly recommended for those who suffer from iron deficiency. Severe iron-deficiency anaemia may cause fatigue or tiredness, shortness of breath, or chest pain. Plus, they are great for blood purification as well.
7. Good digestion
Dates promote a great and happy digestive system. If you soak a few dates in water and chew on them daily, your digestive system will thank you! Due to its high fibre content, it is also recommended for those who have trouble with constipation.
8. Fabulous for skin health
Due to the high Vitamin C and D content dates are great for keeping the skin's elasticity good, and keeps the skin feeling silky 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-aging benefits, and prevent the accumulation of melanin in your body.
9. Hangover cure!
Because of the massive amount of goodness in dates, they can actually be great for Hangovers! For best results, you have to rub the skin a bit, and soak it in water overnight and then eat!