Discover all the benefits of dates, particularly loved in the holiday season, but worth taking less, more often
Those who love dried or dried fruit and sweet flavors will surely appreciate the dates that are usually associated with the holidays but which are actually an excellent mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack even in the rest of the year.
These are soft, tasty and rich in properties, in fact they contain a lot of potassium (more than bananas) and many other mineral salts, vitamins, amino acids and sugars.
All these characteristics make them particularly beneficial for our body and moderate but regular consumption could bring our body various benefits.
Dates contain natural sugars, glucose, fructose and sucrose which offer our body a quick burst of energy when it needs it most. Unlike any packaged snack, dates contain healthy components such as fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamins and antioxidants that will keep those levels high and prevent meltdowns.
Digestion improves thanks to the intake of dates since, with a single portion of these fruits, it is possible to obtain about 12 grams of fiber, or 48% of the recommended daily dose. Fiber helps digestion and promotes the proper functioning of the intestine.
In addition to improving the passage of food within the digestive tract, dates help the intestines to remain free of harmful bacteria. When this important organ of our body works well, the risk of tumor degeneration is lowered. A study conducted by the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences found that those who consume dates have improved colon health because these fruits are able to increase the growth of good bacteria, inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.
Since dates contain vitamin B6, they can also help improve brain performance by contributing in particular to the right production of serotonin and norepinephrine. Serotonin in turn regulates mood and norepinephrine helps the body cope better with stress. Low levels of vitamin B6 have been associated with depression.
Hemorrhoids are veins in the anus and rectum that have become inflamed and swollen. This situation is often caused by a previous constipation problem that leads to tension in that area of the body. It is often a very painful condition that in some cases can be resolved simply by changing one's diet in favor of anti-constipation foods. Doctors in these cases recommend a diet rich in fiber and dates in this sense can help solve the problem.
Eating dates regularly can help lower bad cholesterol which can cause blockages in the arteries and lead to a heart attack. This is due to the presence of potassium in dates. One study, conducted in older women, found that high potassium intake is associated with a lower risk of stroke, ischemic stroke, and mortality.
Dates consumed daily help the immune system and consequently also prevent the appearance of colds. If this has already occurred, it is possible to counter it with a decoction of dates. For this purpose, 100 grams of dates and half a liter of water are used.
In the Indian tradition, dates are a good aphrodisiac remedy, for this purpose they should be eaten only after having kept them immersed all night in goat's milk.
Thanks to the presence of iron and magnesium, the date is a fruit that consumed daily can help to cope with or prevent an anemia condition.
The carotenoids contained in dates are beneficial for our health and in particular can help improve the well-being of the eyes and vision.
As you will have understood, there are several and varied reasons to include some dates more often in our diet. However, it is important that they are organic dates or in any case not treated with industrial substances for preservation.
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