Who doesn’t love a great date?
Not the ones where you dine out and have scintillating conversations with members of the opposite sex (although those are sometimes good for your heart too).
Nope, we are referring to the succulent fruit, whose species name is Phoenix dactylifera. Naturally sweet, many people don’t know that this tasty treat is incredibly good for you to boot.
For example, did you know that dates are loaded with nutrients, which can help to combat major health issues, such as strokes, heart attacks, and even cholesterol? How so, you ask?
Well, take a look at what dates contain, nutrient-wise. First, you have potassium, a critical mineral that keeps your nerves calm and can even be part of a healthy routine to lessen your likelihood of a stroke. When you’re suffering from gastrointestinal distress, turn to dates. That same potassium has been known to keep diarrhea at bay, while also keeping your “good” bacteria doing its job.
On the other side of the coin, this delicious fruit can also help alleviate the discomfort of being constipated. Let them soak overnight, then add to your morning cereal to get everything running smoothly again.
Then there’s magnesium. That’s an important mineral for regulating your blood pressure and even bringing down hypertension.
We all know that iron is critical for keeping our red blood cell count high, right? Dates can help you meet your daily minimum requirement. Having healthy red blood cells are very important because that’s how oxygen travels through your bloodstream, aiding in communication between your brain and all your other working parts.
Finally, despite their relatively high sugar content, dates are nonetheless part of a good overall weight-control plan. Enjoy one when you simply must have something sweet, because at least you’ll be getting some nutrition to go with it!
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