The Date is the fruit of the Date palm tree. Humans and dates go way back in history. They are supposed to have been cultivated as early as 4000 BC and has been the staple food in middle east for thousands of years. Currently, Egypt is the leading producer of dates in the world. In the Ayurveda, the date is referred to as ‘Kharjura’ and is mentioned under the category of ‘Madhuthrayam’ – three predominant drugs which are extensively sweet in nature.
Each date roughly contains about 20 to 70 calories depending on the size and the type of fruit. It is a source of a wide range of essential nutrients and an excellent source of dietary potassium. The sugar content in a ripe date is about 80% and remaining consists of protein, trace elements – boron, cobalt, copper, selenium, manganese and magnesium. Dates also contain vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.
One could almost go on forever about the benefits of dates. Dates have laxative properties that facilitate smooth bowel movements and hence provides relief from constipation and intestinal disorders. It also aids the prevention of stomach cancer. The presence of minerals in significant quantities in the date makes it a super food for stronger bones. It also fights osteoporosis. The mineral list includes iron containing minerals at impressive levels making the date a food that fights anaemia as it balances out the inherent lack of iron in patients. The organic sulphur present in dates is actually very unusual a thing. The helps against seasonal allergies. Dates help in weight gain and also is a great food if you are into body building. Dates are often resorted to when one is recovering from an illness or a serious medical problem. Dates are great energy boosters and the vitamins present boost the health of the nervous system and also its functionality. Also, dates are a healthy and tasty way of reducing the levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood. In a 2008 study, it was found that the consumption of dates by pregnant women in the last 4 weeks of pregnancy had positive effects on labour. It is also to be noted that the dates is a natural aphrodisiac, fights sexual weaknesses and also night blindness. The Ayurveda considers it as the best Vajikarna (aphrodisiac) and Rasayana (rejuvenator). Dates are also a common remedy used against alcohol poisoning. A less well known fact is that dates improves the sperm count and is one of the important fruits in treating male infertility.
Reaping the benefits
Of course it is very easy to reap the benefits of dates. Just eat them daily! To remind yourselves every day, have it placed in a box next to your workstation or bedside or somewhere where it would grab your attention and pop one whenever you feel like one or are reminded of one! Always remember – out of sight, out of mind. Our version of dates comes along with honey! Honey of course, is a well known natural preservative and is known for its efficacy and makes a great team with Dates. The team is only tastier together! Sanjeevanam Dates & Honey is just brilliant! A very tasty, healthy snack that can be bought off our website easily and delivered to your home. Have it at work, at home or even in your car. Convenient and healthy! Head over straight to our page and buy some right away – http://www.avacare.in/ava-store/sanjeevanam/food-products/sweeteners/dates-honey.html
Dates do increase the glycemic index and hence, diabetic patients should restrict to two fruits twice a week.