Vitamins and Minerals in Organic Medjool Dates
If you need a reason to justify loving dates so much, here’s a few stats that might just help:
Dates are easy to digest: when your body doesn’t have to expend a lot of energy breaking down the food you put in it, the nutrients are better absorbed.
Dates are high in fiber: dietary fiber is essential for efficient processing of nutrients and helps to rid the body of toxins. Fiber also prevents the buildup of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, and that is good!
Dates are high in iron: iron is an essential component of red blood cells, and helps to regulate the level of oxygen in your blood.
Dates are high in potassium: potassium is an electrolyte that helps to regulate and control your heart rate as well as your blood pressure. Also known as Vitamin K, it is also good for bone strength.
Dates are high in B-vitamins: B-vitamins are high in antioxidants; they both provide energy and protect against disease and environmental stressors.
Dates are high in Vitamin A: Vitamin A is well-known for its antioxidant action, protecting the skin from signs of aging and helping to maintain healthy lungs, eyes and mucous membranes.
Dates are high in minerals: Copper, selenium, magnesium and manganese help the body to recover from injury, boost immune function and reportedly can help to protect against some cancers.
Dates are free of saturated and trans fat and contain 23 types of amino acids, many of which do not exist in other fruits – even highly nutritional varieties such as bananas and apples.
Healthy Benefits of Dates
While you probably couldn’t live on dates alone, there are plenty of reasons to incorporate them into a regular, healthy diet. Some of these benefits include:
Relieving constipation: the high fiber content in dates can help to relieve occasional mild constipation and promote colon health. Just remember not to overdo it – a little goes a long way where dates are concerned!
Anti-inflammatory: inflammation can arise from any number of sources, from auto-immune disease to acute trauma, allergic sensitivities, arthritis and Alzheimer’s dementia. Magnesium is well known to reduce inflammation in the body, and eating dates is a great way to get more magnesium in your diet without taking a supplement.
Blood pressure and heart health: magnesium and potassium have been proven to help lower blood pressure in some individuals, and both are known to support healthy heart function.
Reduce risk of stroke: increased magnesium intake can reduce the risk of stroke by 8%.
Supports a healthy labor and delivery: a study shows that when consuming dates during the last four weeks of pregnancy, labor and deliveries were much easier. It showed a higher dilation rate, which seemed to lessen the need for induction in the trial group.
Weight loss: due to their high fiber content, adding dates to your diet can help you feel fuller longer, reducing the need to eat larger portions. This could help some people to lose weight, although keep in mind that they do pack a lot of sugar! A healthy diet that includes organic Medjool dates along with a regular exercise program will help you reach your goals without denying yourself the pleasure of a sweet treat every now and then!
Healthy Naked Dates
So there you have it – a generous handful of reasons why eating organic Medjool dates is a healthy proposition! However, none of these statements mean that Naked Dates are intended to cure or treat any disease or disorder. If you are experiencing illness or discomfort for any reason, we encourage you to seek the advice of a healthcare professional right away.
If you have any questions about Naked Dates or any of our organic Medjool date products, drop us a line today! Browse our online store or drop by the farm if you’re in the Yuma area. We think we’ve got a pretty special place here and we’d love to show you around.