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SURPRISING HEALTH BENEFITS OF EATING DATE

Author: 
-AMOO Kudroh B.
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'Date is only to be taking during Ramadan and other tines when one fasts to break fast' said a friend who is ignorant of the benefits embedded in taking date. This is the case for most of us too who have turned date into a seasonal food that must be taken during Ramadan or to break fast whenever we fast, do you know that in eating date lies numerous nutritional benefit? Read, digest and I bet you will love to add it to your daily nutritional intakes.

Dates are probably one of the oldest cultivated fruits in the world called, it is ‘dabinu’ in Hausa and Tamuru in Arabic. Commonly found in the northern part of Nigeria, dates are known to be packed with several amazing health benefits. A typical date is a drupe where  the outer fleshy part surrounds a shell of hardened endocarp with a seed in it. Dates which is oblong in shape comes in varying kinds which includes soft, semi-dry and dry dates, categorized on the basis of the sugar content.

THE HEALTH BENEFIT OF DATE

Boost heart health: research has shown that dates contain a crystalline compound known as isoflavone, which are effective in reducing the risk of cardio vascular diseases. Date contains antioxidants, which helps to prevent atherosclerosis, a condition where the arteries become narrowed and hardened due to build up of plaque around the artery cells.

 

Contains Nicotine: The Nicotine content present in dates are thoughts to be beneficial for curing intestinal disorders. Taking it consistently helps to inhibit the growth of pathological organisms which in turn helps stimulate growth of friendly bacteria in the intestines.

Prevents night blindness: A lot of people tend to struggle with their sight under poor lightning conditions even if their eyes seems to physically be in good condition, there are many causes of night blindness but one of the most common causes is the deficiency in vitamin A. Dates help to delay the muscular degeneration of the eyes which is usually caused by ageing.

Improves bone health: Dates are packed with a rich amount of minerals.  Minerals such as selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium which aids in strengthening the bones and curing diseases like osteoporosis.

Promotes healthy skin: Vitamin C and D aids in protecting skin elasticity and helps in maintaining a smooth skin. People suffering from skin issues can add dates to their diets as its packed with anti-ageing benefits.

Dental health: Fluorine can be found in dates, it is an important chemical element that fights against tooth decay by shrugging off plaque and strengthening the tooth enamel.

Promotes Brain health: Studies have shown that dates provide protection against inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain. Constituent consumption of dates help to lower the risk of neurodegenerative diseases and improves cognitive activities in older individuals.

Watch out for varieties of date recipes {winks}.

 

Source:  Leadership Nigerian Newspapers

 

-AMOO Kudroh B.

 

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