Deglet Noor Dates: Commonly referred to as the “queen of all dates”, the authentic Algerian Deglet Nour has a soft touch, a translucent light color and a soft honey-like taste, characteristics which distinguish it from other dates.
- Used as a dietary supplement.
- Constipation: Whenever you are looking into a natural remedy for constipation, dates will be high on the list of ways to ease the complaint. Dates have a very well-known laxative ability because they are a very good source of soluble fiber.
- Their laxative effect can be maximized by soaking them overnight in water. If you want to see the best improvements, you should eat the dates the morning after they have soaked into a syrupy texture.
- Other Digestive Issues: As well as their role in easing constipation, dates can help promote digestive health in general. Fiber is an essential part of our diets and ensures that we have regular bowel movement and clean out our gastrointestinal systems.
- Dates can help reduce the risk of a number of colonial complaints like colitis and can even help to treat hemorrhoids. Eating dates on a regular basis can also promote the growth of good bacteria in the stomach and stimulate far more effective digestion.
- Bone health: As we age, so our bones gradually weaken and certain people will develop bone loss diseases like osteoporosis. Dates are full of the essential minerals and vitamins that can help you fight this issue and keep your bones healthy and strong.
- Anemia: Eating dates will provide you with a plentiful supply of iron which can be especially beneficial to people suffering from anemia. This boost of iron promotes strength and greater energy while reducing the feeling of fatigue associated with anemia.
- Pregnancy and DeliveryIn certain cultures, dates have been traditionally recommended to pregnant women to ensure a healthy pregnancy and easier delivery. Recent scientific studies have confirmed that these traditional uses may well have some scientific basis.
- One study published in 2011 confirmed that eating dates in the weeks leading up to labor significantly decreased the need for induction while also proving beneficial to the delivery outcome. (1) The researchers concluded that the results were promising enough to recommend further research.
- Energy Boost: If you are prone to periods of fatigue or genuine sluggishness and let’s face it most of us are, then a handful of dates might be able to give you a bit of an energy boost. While consuming too much sugar is never recommended, dates are high in sugars like fructose and sucrose and might be just what the doctor…or boss ordered when you are feeling a little out of puff.
- Allergies: This is perhaps a slightly surprising health benefit but there is ample anecdotal evidence as well as some scientific research that suggest that dates might be able to help relieve the miserable symptoms of seasonal allergies.
- In the US alone, some 20 million plus people are affected by seasonal allergic rhinitis and one study published in 2002 noted that organic sulfur compounds, found in very few natural products but present in dates, could help alleviate allergic reactions.
- Heart health: Dates are a rich source of dietary fiber which is essential for reducing LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol levels. Dates are also a rich source of potassium which is linked to a reduction in heart disease and stroke. Adding dates to your weekly diet can promote a healthy heart and reduce your risk of very common heart related diseases.
- Sexual dysfunction: As well as increasing sexual appetite, dates are also said to promote sterility by increasing sperm count and sperm motility. While many of these claims owe their roots to tradition, some formal research was conducted in 2006. This research concluded that the flavonoid and estradiol compounds present in dates were responsible for increasing sterility levels.
- Hangover: No guarantee that this one will work but apparently dates are commonly used as a remedy for alcoholic excess. If you are suffering a hangover, you could do worse than giving them a go.
- Diarrhea: The soluble fiber contained in the fruit helps to absorb fluid and provide bulk to loose stools. They are also a rich source of potassium which is known to remedy diarrhea.
Source: Healthyfocus, https://healthyfocus.org/12-health-benefits-of-dates/