Date Fruits & Their Majestic Health Benefits

Date Fruits

By Maj Hussain, Halal Incorp

The Date fruit is a unique part of the palm family often found in countries which have very hot climates particularly located in the Middle East. The Date also known as Phoenix Dactylifera which is a term derived from Ancient Greek has been a staple in the diet of millions of people for centuries all over the eastern world. The Date fruit is very common in countries such as Saudi Arabia and archaeological evidence of its cultivation can be traced back to 6000 BC. Dates were also produced in the Indus valley by early Neolithic civilisations in modern day Pakistan.

Date Fruits

The fruit is traded, imported and exported to countries all over the world on a daily basis accounting for millions in revenue boosting economic production. Ajwa Dates are amongst the most well-known and high quality Dates worldwide mainly produced and farmed in Arabia. The Date fruit also plays an important part in the Islamic faith. During Ramadan Dates are eaten in abundance particularly when people open fasts at iftari (sunset) time. The Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) advised his companions and followers to eat the fruit as it was beneficial to the health of an individual. Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) said:

“When any of you breaks his fasting he should eat dates cause dates are blessing, if he didn’t find dates then drink water cause water is purifying” (Narrated by Abu Dawood).

Dates have a variety of health benefits when produced in a natural organic manner. They can help to reduce constipation, intestinal problems, are high in vitamins and energy as well as fibre. Date fruits also contain potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. Dates have been eaten with milk, butter, bread and other sweet foods. The fruit is useful for enhancing muscle growth. Dates have high levels of energy which can boost an individual’s energy levels shortly after consuming them. The reason for this is there are high levels of natural sugars present such as glucose and fructose. Therefore people who suffer from low energy levels or are lethargic can benefit from this fruit.

Dates are also good in:

  • Helping reduce diarrhoea
  • Helping relieve constipation
  • Providing an energy boost
  • Boosting sexual drive
  • Helping with Iron deficiency
  • Helping boost the health of the heart
  • Strengthening the bones
  • Providing high levels of protein
  • Containing a variety of vitamins

The Date fruit is a majestic food which has benefited humans for thousands of years. It is a fruit which has many positive and natural health benefits and has been recommended by Prophetic guidance.

Disclaimer: The information expressed in the article are personal opinions seek professional health advice if you chose to eat Dates as part of a healthy diet or for medical purposes.

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