by Niki Kefala
Dates remind me of winter and the holiday season, but they are so tasty that I want to eat them all throughout the year.
This small and… wrinkly fruit is rich in dietary fibre, antioxidants, vitamins A, B1, B2 and C, protein, iron and the essential minerals potassium and magnesium. Available both fresh and dried, dates can be a great healthy snack.
Prevent disease with a healthy diet
A high intake of foods rich in soluble fibre may help lessen your risk of diabetes and high blood cholesterol. So it is wise to put dates on your diet. Antioxidants are also very important for our health. Dried dates contain a significant concentration of antioxidant polyphenol compounds and it has been found that these may help prevent diabetes, cancer, heart disease and neurological problems like Alzheimer’s disease.
Build a strong body
Potassium triggers enzymes crucial for energy and the metabolic activation that is needed for cardiac, smooth and skeletal muscles to contract properly. Moreover, Magnesium and iron are linked to a decreased risk of diabetes, depression, osteoporosis, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
Pregnant women, athletes undergoing strenuous physical training and individuals recovering from long-term illness or surgical procedures, may need more magnesium and iron to avoid deficiency.
Maintain beautifully healthy skin
Dates are a good source of vitamin C that helps to enhance the skin’s elasticity and prevents fine lines and wrinkles. On the other hand, the vitamin B contained in dates, is beneficial for your skin as it can help remove problems like stretch marks.
Increase sexy time under the sheets
Dates are known to increase one’s sexual stamina. It has been used as a natural aphrodisiac since olden ages. Don’t believe us? You’ll never know until you try! They are also used for detoxifying the body after over-consumption of alcohol and can help you get a good night’s rest whilst avoiding the morning hangover.
I think it’s time to schedule a date with dates.