The lush, dark brown dates or ‘khajoor’ are tempting delights. They are an amazing source of vitamins and minerals and incredibly beneficial for our body. It’s a miracle fruit that benefits us in various ways. If you’re looking for a source of fiber or potassium, look no further than dates. Dates are rich in several vital nutrients and therefore, offer myriad health benefits. Following are the 9 reasons to eat khajoor, not just in Ramadan, but, they can be effectively incorporated into your eating routine.
1. Helps in Weight Management
Dates are free of cholesterol and do not contain excessive fat. Starting your day with 6 dates helps prevent hunger pangs throughout the day, thus helping in your weight loss goals.
2. Khajoor Relieves Constipation
Dates make a natural cure for constipation. People suffering from constipation should eat dates soaked in water, daily. The potassium found in dates can also treat diarrhea and upset stomach. Soak 8 to 10 khajoor (remove the seed) in a glass of water, overnight. The next morning, grind the soaked khajoor along with the water until you get a syrup-like consistency. Drink it on an empty stomach daily.
3. Good for Hair
Dates strengthen your hair and enhance their vitality. The iron and vitamin B present in khajoor offer a natural cure for hair loss problems. Incorporate 3 to 4 dates in your diet along with a glass of milk every morning. Drink on an empty stomach for longer, stronger, and more lustrous hair. Women suffering from anemia also face hair fall issues. Since dates cure anemia, its good for them too.
4. Good for Brain health
Dates contain a wide array of nutrients such as, magnesium, potassium and vitamin B6 all that play vital role in improving brain health. The antioxidant property of khajoor protects the brain from age-related cognitive issues and helps boost mental health.
5. Anti-ageing benefits of Dates
Loaded with vitamin C and vitamin A, dates are good for the skin. Khajoor helps keep your skin soft and maintain skin’s elasticity. Being rich in antioxidants, khajoor eliminates the oxidative damages caused by free radicals, thus, delaying the onset of premature signs of aging. Khajoor enrich the blood, and keep your skin looking younger and glowing.
6. Dates Boost Energy
For a quick boost of energy, dates are a great option. Being rich in natural sugars, they provide instant energy rush and revitalize the body. Moreover, they contain potassium to convert sugar into energy. Skip the energy bars, instead, add chopped dates to morning cereal or simply make a date smoothie to stay active and energetic throughout the day. You can also eat a few dates as a snack whenever you feel sluggish or lethargic.
7. Dates Fight Anemia
If you have low hemoglobin levels, dates are great for you. Dates are a rich source of iron and can be consumed daily by people with iron deficiency and anemia. Eat some dry dates with a cup of warm milk, twice daily. You can also add 1 tablespoon of chopped dates to a cup of milk and boil it. Drink this for fast recovery.
8. Dates Promote Healthy Pregnancy
Dates are helpful during pregnancy for both the mother and the fetus. Eat 6 to 8 dates daily as a healthy snack. You can also add chopped dates in milk and boil it. Drink it once daily.
9. Relieve Inflammation with Dates
Dates have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help relieve pain and ease inflammation in the joints. Dates also help maintain bone strength and reduce the risk of arthritis. To reduce inflammation related to arthritis, massage the affected area with warm date seed oil twice daily. Also, eat a handful of dates daily.
Eating dates is an excellent way to obtain a whole bunch of health benefits. Upgrade your desserts by sprinkling chipped dates on sweet dishes, cakes and puddings while making them more appetizing. Choose the dates that appear fleshy and brown. Ensure there is no fake sugar covering. Wash the dates properly before you eat.