Last updated on Jan 18th, 2021 at 09:12 am
Wonderfully delicious, dates are one of the most popular fruits with an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, required for normal growth, development and overall wellbeing.
Fresh dates consist of soft, easily digestible flesh with simple sugars like fructose and dextrose that, when eaten, replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly.
The fruit is rich in dietary fibre, which prevents dietary LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut. It is also a good bulk laxative. The fibre content helps to protect the colon mucous membrane by binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon.
Dates are a good source of vitamin A, which is known to have antioxidant properties and is essential for vision. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin A is known to help to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
The fruit is very rich in antioxidant flavonoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These antioxidants have the ability to help protect cells in the body from oxygen free radicals and thereby found to be protective against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.
Dates are an excellent source of iron. Iron, being a component of haemoglobin inside the red blood cells, determines the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood.
Dates are high in potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help control heart rate and blood pressure; thus it offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases.
It is 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. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Magnesium is essential for bone growth.
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