Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dates fruit for health benefits

Dates fruit that have a Latin name Phoenix dactylifera is a palm tree (Arecaceae) in the genus Phoenix. The fruit is known by the name of palm fruit usually consumed as candy, especially in the month of fasting for Muslims. The taste is sweet because of the natural sugars in it is believed to be back in shape after a day of fasting. 

The origin of a date is not certain because it is spread out and developed over thousands of years in various parts of the world. However, a direct research evidence that palm tree originated from around the Persian Gulf region. 

Dates fruit for health benefits 

Palm fruit is popular as a food of Ramadan for Muslims apparently more nutrients and vitamins that very much. Some studies mention that the dates fruit very well as an energy booster food. 


Vitamins contained in dates fruit, including vitamin A, thiamine (Vitamin B1), riboflavin (Vitamin B2), niacin (Vitamin B3) and pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) in the amount that can be relied upon. In addition there is also the amount of vitamin C and vitamin E. Vitamin A serves to maintain function and prevent eye dryness and eye diseases. Vitamin B works to calm the nervous system and for the relaxation of the heart and the mind becomes more cheerful. 


Dates fruits are good source of dietary fiber. The American Cancer Society recommends eating 20-30 grams per day. Dietary fiber consists of two types of soluble dietary fiber and insoluble dietary fiber. Insoluble dietary fiber works to increase the volume of stool thus decreasing intestinal transit time and more easily removed. 

The decrease fecal transit time will decrease the contact time of the cells of the colon mucosa to carcinogenic substances from feces. Soluble dietary fiber may help control diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels. In addition, soluble fiber foods also contribute to lower levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood. 


Dates fruit have a fairly high sugar content and are generally derived from the type of glucose and fructose. Deglet Noor, however varieties are grown in California contain sucrose (table sugar). Type of sugar found in dates is the result of processing natural and not harmful to health. 

High sugar content makes this fruit is a source of instant energy to restore energy lost during fasting and normalize blood sugar levels. That is why the palm is considered as an ideal fruit for breaking a dish or meal. A glass of water containing glucose, according to Dr. David Conning, Director General of the British Nutrition Foundation, will be absorbed by the body within 20-30 minutes. 

But the sugar contained in dates fruit exhausted absorbed within 40-45 minutes. This is due to the fibers contained therein. So that people who eat dates fruit at meal time will be a fresh and lasting longer hungry. 


Dates fruit contain minerals that are beneficial to health. The function of minerals in general that make more regular heart rate, activating muscle contractions as well as play a role in blood pressure. Dates fruit are rich in potassium and low in sodium. Potassium plays a role in maintaining muscle contraction including heart muscle. 

In addition, a role for maintaining the nervous system and balance the body's metabolism. Because potassium is not saved in the body and a lot is lost through sweat, so it needs to be supplied from foods. Potassium helps to lower blood pressure. 

According to Dr. Louis Tobian, Jr.., High blood disease expert from the University of Minnesota USA, dates fruit can help lower blood pressure, and can provide additional strength in preventing strokes directly, however the condition of a person's blood pressure. 

Conclusions from the results of research done that extra consumption of potassium can be keep artery walls remain elastic and functioning normally. This situation makes the blood vessels are not easily damaged by blood pressure. The results of the study recommended to consume about 400 mg of potassium can reduce the risk of stroke by 40%. To meet these needs we only need to consume about 65 grams or 5 pieces of dried dates fruits. In addition to potassium, dates also contains essential minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, copper and phosphorus. 


Dates fruit contain natural salicylates in low doses. Salicylate is known as aspirin raw materials, reducing medication or pain relievers and fever. Based on that the experts expect the low-dose continuous salilisat in dates fruit can also relieve headaches. In addition, dates fruit contain some kind of hormone called potuchsin can shrink blood vessels in the uterus, and thus can prevent the occurrence of uterine bleeding. Dates fruit also contain a number of phenolic compounds and carotenoids which act as antioxidants. 

Dates fruit available everywhere we buy to eat and get health benefits for our bodies. semoha this article helpful.

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