Dates, Primadona in Ramadan
Palm fruit is called the favorite fruit of the Prophet Muhammad and even becomes a mandatory iftar, because it turns out dates do have great benefits for health.
Dates have important nutrients such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. Not only that, dates also have vitamins thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin K.
Quoted from page beritasatu.com, “The efficacy of dates is abundant, as nutritious food. In the fasting month, besides efficacious also sunnah,” said Professor of Food and Nutrition Security, IPB Human Ecology Faculty (FEMA) Ahmad Sulaeman, Monday (6 / 5/2019).
Prof. Ahmad recommends consuming fruits from the Middle East, preferably not only during Ramadan but also in other days to get maximum health benefits.
Dates, continued Prof. Ahmad, contain sufficient nutrition as a source of energy and carbohydrates. Dates contain around 270 kilos of calories, 1.8 grams of protein, and fat is quite low at 0.15 grams per 100 grams. While the fiber content reaches 6.7 grams and 75 percent carbohydrates.
Of 75 percent of carbohydrates in dates, 65 grams are sugar, glucose, sucrose and fructose (fruit sugar).
The mineral content in dates is also quite high. There is calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium, or potassium which is high around 700 milligrams. Dates also contain sodium and sodium dates but only 1 milligram per 100 grams. Antioxidant substances in dates include phenolic compounds, and mineral boron. “From the composition it can be seen what are the benefits of dates,” said the professor from Sukabumi.
Prof. Ahmad explained, some of the health benefits of dates are improving brain health. Eating dates protects the brain against oxidative stress and brain inflammation because dates are rich in fiber, phenolic, natural antioxidants such as proton acids.
“The presence of polyphenol compounds in dates has the potential to help slow the incidence of Alzheimer’s and Dementia (senility),” he said.
Dates, are palm plants in the genus Phoenix, the fruit can be eaten. Although the place of origin is unknown because it has long been cultivated, it is likely that this plant originated from the land around the Persian Gulf. Wikipedia
Health Benefits of Fresh Dates
Many of the health benefits of eating dates include eliminating constipation, regulating cholesterol levels, intestinal disorders, heart problems, anemia and sexual dysfunction.
1. For constipation
Dates, as a good source of fiber, can overcome this problem. Eating at least 20 to 35 grams of fiber every day keeps your stool soft and prevents the condition. And more importantly, limit consumption of foods that do not contain fiber at all.
2. Improve heart health
The antioxidants in dates prevent atherosclerosis, which basically makes the arteries hard and clogged with plaque. This antioxidant stimulates the removal of cholesterol from arterial cells.
Dates also contain isoflavones (the second highest of any fruit) which are known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
3. Helps Regulate Cholesterol
One of the benefits of effective dates. According to an Israeli study, intake of dates, even by healthy individuals, can have beneficial effects on cholesterol levels and oxidative stress.
4. Improve Bone Health
Dates are a rich source of copper, magnesium, selenium, and manganese – all of which are important for keeping your bones healthy and preventing bone-related conditions such as osteoporosis.
Dates are also rich in vitamin K, which is blood clotting and helps metabolize your bones.
According to a report by North Dakota State University, dates also contain boron which is healthy for bones.
5. Regulate Blood Pressure
Dates are rich in potassium, and minerals help reduce blood pressure levels. Fiber also stabilizes blood sugar levels. It also compensates for the effects of sodium in your diet – and this lowers blood pressure. Magnesium in fruit relaxes the muscles in your heart and blood vessels, consequently reducing blood pressure.
6. Improve sexual health
According to research in India, date pollen is used in traditional medicine to improve male fertility.
7. Treat Diarrhea
According to a report by the Columbia University Medical Center, diarrhea can be better or exacerbated by the choice of food you consume. That’s why choosing the right food is important. Dates, which are high in potassium, can help improve their condition.
8. Increase Brain Health
Regular consumption of dates and similar fruits has been associated with a reduced risk of neurodegenerative disease and better cognitive performance in older individuals. Another study concluded that palm fruit supplementation has the potential to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.