I absolutely love dates which are packed with essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are required for normal growth, development and overall well-being. Fresh dates consist of soft, easily digestible sugars like fructose and dextrose. When eaten, they replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly. Few more of many dates benefits:
– rich in dietary fiber, which prevents LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut.
– they contain health benefiting anti-infective, anti – inflammatory properties.
– sources of vitamin-A which is known to have antioxidant properties and essential for vision
– eating dates found to offer some protection from colon, prostate, breast, lung, and pancreatic cancers
– dates are an excellent source of iron being a component of hemoglobin inside the red blood cells, determines the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood.
– they are very good in potassium that is an important component of cell and body fluids that help controlling heart rate and blood pressure, offering protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases.
– dates are also rich in minerals like calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Calcium is an important mineral that is an essential constituent of bone and teeth, and required by the body for muscle contraction, blood clotting, and nerve impulse conduction. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required for the production of red blood cells. Magnesium is essential for bone growth.
– dates contain adequate levels of B-complex group of vitamins as well as vitamin K. It contains very good amounts of vitamin B-6, niacin, pantothenic acid, and riboflavin. These vitamins are acting as cofactors help body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats. Vitamin K is essential for many coagulant factors in the blood as well as in bone metabolism.