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Health Benefits of Dates

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The benefits of dates include relief from constipation, intestinal disorders, heart problems, anemia,  sexual dysfunction, diarrhea, abdominal cancer, and many other conditions. Dates are good for gaining weight also. Dates are rich in several vitamins, minerals and fiber too. These delicious fruits contain oil, calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium which are all beneficial for health. Some health specialists have said that eating one day per day is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet.

The massive health benefits of dates have made them one of the best ingredients for muscle development. People consume dates in several ways, such as mixing the paste of the dates with milk, yogurt or with bread or butter to make them even more delicious. The paste is beneficial for both adults and children, especially during a time of recovery from injury or illness.


According to a modern medical survey, it is now accepted that dates are useful in preventing abdominal cancer. Many Muslims break their fast by eating dates and water according to their cultural traditions. Breaking fast by eating dates helps avoid overeating of food after the fast is finished. When the body begins to absorb the high nutritional value of the dates, feelings of hunger are pacified. Also, the nervous system can get a lot of help from consuming dates, since they have such significant amounts of potassium.

Dates are one of the very best sweet and versatile foods that can regulate the digestive process. It can significantly boost energy levels in people within half an hour of consuming it. The American Cancer Society recommends an intake of 20-35 grams of dietary fiber per day, which can be supplied through dates. It is also said that taking one date per a day will help you to maintain your eye health all your life. They are commonly known to be quite effective in guarding against the problem of night blindness.

Nutritional Value of Dates

Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. Its a good source of energy, sugar and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc are found in dates.  It also contains vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.

Health Benefits of Dates

Constipation: Dates are often categorized as a laxative food. This is why dates are so frequently eaten by people suffering from constipation. In order to achieve the desired laxative effect of dates, you should soak them in water over night. Then, eat the soaked dates in the morning like syrup to get the most optimal results. Dates have high levels of soluble fiber, which is essential in promoting healthy bowel movements and the comfortable passage of food through the intestinal tract, which can relieve symptoms of constipation.

Bone Health and Strength: The significant amounts of minerals found in dates make it a super food for strengthening bones and fighting off painful and debilitating diseases like osteoporosis. Dates contain selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, all of which are integral to healthy bone development and strength, particularly as people begin to age and their bones gradually weaken. So, eat your dates and give a boost to your bones!

Intestinal Disorders: The nicotine content in dates is thought to be beneficial for curing many kinds of intestinal disorders. Continuous intake of dates helps to inhibit growth of the pathological organisms and thus, they help stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestines. In terms of digestive issues, dates contain those insoluble and soluble fibers, as well as many beneficial amino acids which can stimulate the digestion of food and make it more efficient, meaning that more nutrients will be absorbed by the digestive tract and enter your body for proper usage.

Anemia: Dates have a high mineral content, which is beneficial for many different health conditions, but their impressive levels of iron make them a perfect dietary supplement for people suffering from anemia. The high level of iron balances out the inherent lack of iron in anemic patients, increasing energy and strength, while decreasing feelings of fatigue and sluggishness.

Allergies: One of the most interesting facets of dates is the presence of organic sulfur in them. This is not a very common element to find in foods, but it does have a worthwhile amount of health benefits, including the reduction of allergic reactions and seasonal allergies. According to a study done in 2002, organic sulfur compounds can have a positive impact on the amount of suffering people experience from SAR (Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis), which affects approximately 23 million people in the United States alone. Dates are a great way to somewhat stem the effects of those seasonal allergies through its contributions of sulfur to the diet.

Weight Gain: Dates should be included as a  part of a healthy diet. They consist of sugar, proteins and many essential vitamins. If dates are consumed with cucumber paste, you can also keep your weight at a normal, balanced level, rather than over-slimming. One kilogram of dates contains almost 3,000 calories, and the calories in dates are sufficient to meet the daily requirements for a human body. Of course, you should not eat just dates throughout the day. If you are thin and slim and want to increase your weight, or if you are trying to build your muscles to impress some girl, or you have become weak due to a serious medical problem – you need to eat dates!

Energy Booster: Dates are high in natural sugars like glucose, fructose, and sucrose. Therefore, they are the perfect snack for an immediate burst of energy. Many people around the world use dates for a quick afternoon snack when they are feeling lethargic or sluggish.

Nervous System Health: The vitamins present in dates make it an ideal boost to nervous system health and functionality. Potassium is one of the prime ingredients in promoting a healthy and responsive nervous system, and it also improves the speed and alertness of brain activity. Therefore, dates are a wonderful food source for people as they begin to age and their nervous system becomes sluggish or unsupported, as well as for people who want to keep their mind sharp.


Healthy Heart: Dates are quite helpful in keeping your heart healthy. When they are soaked for the night, crushed in the morning and then consumed, they have been shown to have a positive effect on weak hearts. Dates are also a rich source of potassium, which studies have shown to reduce the risk of stroke and other heart related diseases. Furthermore, they are suggested as a healthy and delicious way to reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol in the body, which is a major contributing factor heart attacks, heart disease, and stroke. Therefore, when taken twice a week, dates can seriously improve the overall health of the heart.

Sexual Weakness: Studies have shown that dates are even beneficial for increasing sexual stamina. Soak a handful of dates in fresh goat’s milk over night, then grind them in the same milk with a mixture of cardamom powder and honey. This mixture becomes a very useful tonic for increasing sexual endurance and reducing sterility caused by various sexual disorders. The science behind this phenomenon is largely due to traditional usage which stimulated formal research. In 2006, Bahmanpour studied the effects of date palms and their oil on sexual functioning and found that the high levels of estradiol and flavonoid components of dates are what increase sperm count and motility, as well as promoting increased testes size and weight. So, if you are looking for a masculine boost, eat some dates, because they are a great natural aphrodisiac!

Night Blindness: The benefits of dates are extensive, and are commonly employed to fight off various conditions affecting the ear, nose, and throat. When the leaves of the date palm are ground into a paste and rubbed on and around the eyes, or when dates are ingested orally, it has been shown to reduce the frequency of night blindness, and this solution is commonly used in rural areas where dates grow as an alternative medicine.

Intoxication: Dates are commonly used as a remedy for alcoholic intoxication. Dates provide quick relief and have a sobering effect in case you feel as though have consumed an uncomfortable amount of alcohol. They can also be used the following morning to prevent severe hangovers. Again, they should be rubbed and soaked overnight for the best results.

Diarrhea: Ripe dates contain potassium, which is known as an effective way of controlling diarrhea. They are also easy to digest, which further helps alleviate the unpredictable nature of chronic diarrhea. The soluble fiber in dates can also help relieve diarrhea, by providing bulk to the bowel movements and promoting normal, healthy functioning of the excretory system.

Abdominal Cancer: Research has pointed towards dates being a legitimate way to reduce the risk and impact of abdominal cancer. They work as a useful tonic for all age groups, and in some cases, they work better than traditional medicines, and are natural, so they don’t have any negative side effects on the human body. They can be quickly and easily digested for a quick boost of energy.

Although dates carry tremendous nutritional values, great care should be taken in their selection because their surface is very sticky, which often attracts various impurities. Therefore, you should only consume dates that are processed and packaged properly. Also, make sure to wash them thoroughly before you eat them, as this will help remove the impurities present on the surface.

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References: American Cancer Society

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  1. my mom lived in Bahrain.. and she always send dates package for us… so ive been curious what are the benefits of this frujits? now I know now… why she always want to eat this fruit… nbow its a great help and benefits in our health..

  2. Caroline Michelle Alonso says:

    I just started eating dates for the first time and im loving them

  3. Ike Rhee says:

    Koreans use Dried Red Dates in recipes and teas. Look up Ginger and Date Tea on youtube. It helps me with indigestive asthma, coughing, tickle throat. It also calms me down at night before bed.

  4. It would have been nice if they waited until the FLY flew away before taking the picture. Couldn't they see the FLY on the date before uploading the picture to the article? Ridiculous.

  5. Joanne Reid says:

    Mashallah! Sodium free, fat free, potassium rich, good source of dietary fiber and most of all No Preservatives! I eat them with toasted almonds and milk or just solo…it helps when you want something sweet….Yummy!

  6. New Born says:

    Elhamdullah that Allah sent us the prophet Mohamed (Salla Allah alayhy wa salam ) to teach us all these beneficiary stuff…I wish that we will just follow his way and we will be fine.Thanks to Allah.

  7. Mhar Tuico Rosales says:

    I love the benefits of dates..now I'm starting eating dates….

  8. dates! dates! dates! am never fed up with it. Ramadan Kareem!

  9. I eat dates every nite during the holly month,, it is awesome ,, Prophet Mohammed(pbuh) gave us more information about every aspect of life.

  10. Elly Sanchez says:

    Friends go buy some dates,

    • Carla Burgos says:

      Is that the fruit that you were talking about the other day? I'll see if I can find it :)

    • Elly Sanchez says:

      Yeaaaah! Sorry I took long to post it but yes it is!!! and remember try to eat 5 a day, there are more good foods to help our body's health like the pomegranate, and it also has a special reason (other then health) on why we should eat it!!!! :)

  11. Mian Wasim says:

    dates are very good for health.

  12. Owais Arif says:

    Assalam-O-Alaikum.Let me tell all my brothers and sisters that Dates are not only good for your physical health but they even protect you from Magics and poison.Our beloved Prophet (S.A.W) has said that "He who has a morning meal of seven Ajwa dates will not suffer harm from any king of magic and poison that day." I've also heard that a person who eats seven ajwa dates for seven days every morning (after Fajr) will be safe from all kinds of poison and magic forever.

  13. James Ryan says:

    About a year ago, I came here in Muscat, Oman for a job. Its the first time I ever experienced eating this fruit. I found it weirdly tasting during the first time but later enjoyed it and became part of my every meal. I always try to to lose weight for some reasons and my problem now is that I got over indulged with dates and made it a snack almost everyday. Now I know that when consumed in an excessive amount wouldn't help me with my dieting. Thanks..

    • madelyn says:

      love eating dates and i thought it cn help me not to gain weight …now i know im wrong i should limit taking dates too much,,

  14. Blue Skull says:

    I made three dozen delicious date cookies this week. Wrap the date in cookie dough and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

  15. Dates? Gareth Dates? He's a fruit, I think. Do you see what I did, there?

  16. alcoholic intoxication relief from dates I know what I'm going to eat after cinco de mayo! lol

  17. Edwin Conde says:


  18. Bryan Muhau Sikaneta says:

    I love dates esp for their medicinal benefits. Man this is a miracle fruit.

  19. Yassine Emi says:

    dates exist in different size color and taste you can eat them as sweets, meal or snack whenener you like best substitute for chocolate that's why I like them.

  20. Melissa Clarke says:

    In the picture, is that a fly on the dates?

  21. yummy and healthy dates!

  22. Shelly Marie Elicanal says:

    Thanks to Kuya Ricky Pedroso and to my Habibi for the dates and I begin to love it more after reading its health benefits. More dates when you get home pleaseeee….

  23. LaChelle Elisabeth says:

    My students from Saudi Arabia just explained to me the importance of dates in their culture.

  24. I would like to mention that our beloved prophet (s.a.w) advised a person to eat Dates and Cucumbers so that he can gain weight.So, this was mentioned 1400 years ago subahanallah! you can find it in a book called "Shamail al Tirmizi".

  25. Aphton Vos says:

    I like eating raisins and dates, it so yummy and it keeps me slim.

  26. Insert a raw pecan in a pitted date and it is deliscious! The date tastes like brown sugar, so it's like a healthy pecan pie:)

  27. Geni Ciencia says:

    Well…dates are nutritious and delicious fruit, I have eatin it with a sliced apples for my breakfast. and it's amazing…i got a lot of energy working for the whole day. I called it here a "candy tree" hahaha. I love it. MabrouK! for the dates.

  28. Bibi Mohamed says:

    Love dates
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  29. Mohammed(PBUH0 is rely a miracle for mankind, no wonder he encouraged muslims to break their fast with dates about 1400 yrs ago.

    • Lorrina Camaro says:

      Yeah, and 700 years before that in the Bible. Muhammed was a bit late there, huh? I too love dates, fresh ripe ones, and I don't subscribe to any age old set of rules to live by. I live in the modern world, with all of it's advancements ;-)

    • Gemphu Samal says:

      Even Bibel writer guy was little late ,huh .

      Many thousand years before the bibel it was written in Ayurveda in India .

      Why do u forget the root .

    • Moody Sasa says:

      prophet Mohmmed (peace be uppon him ) advised us to break our fasting with dates and start our breakfast with also dates. By that time , muslimes did not know the benefits about dates . Also, Muslimes were doing that just as worship ,,so having these information about dates make us strongly belive in what he said earlier.Another thing is , our prophet (PBUH)belived that Jesus and Moses peace be upoon them are prophets as HIM ,so what actually MUSLIMS ARE BELIVEING IN THAT there is only one GOD should be belived to be Worshiped and MOUHMMED,JESUS,MOSES (Peace Be Upoon Them) are prophet.
      SO what prophet Mouhmmed said is proved now as Scientific EVIDENSE !!

  30. Nghi Bui says:

    dates are sooooo good. but gaining weight and boosting sexual stamina are definitely things I should avoid.

  31. inchaalah very good

  32. Minal Sp says:

    worried wether it's good to eat dates while trying to get pregnant?

    • you can still eat dates even when u are pregnant!!! Dates are also rich in calcium, and date syrup added to milk strengthens bones. Even breast-feeding mothers can benefit from dates, because it is known to enrich the milk and boost the child’s immune system.

  33. Gay Guanzon Tagono says:

    I like date.

  34. LaChelle Elisabeth says:

    I am eating a date right now. But I'm not so happy 'bout the anti-over-slimming. :)

    • Mashood Ahmed says:

      dates are very good for even weight watchers,, if you take Date as meal and not a fruit or snack :)

    • LaChelle Elisabeth says:

      Mashood Ahmed yes, totally. i agree and have done that sometimes. dates = awesomeness.

    • Mashood Ahmed says:

      Lachelle Elisabeth thanks for agreeing, I feel encouraged. One more thing, let me tell you that we produce date syrups and are in process of finalising sparkling date juice,,

    • Lachelle Elisabeth , still eating those dates ?

    • Amatullah Bint MuMinah says:

      Mashood Ahmed that sparkling date juice sounds delicious. Please be sure to balance the sweetness with a little acidity- as long as it doesn't negatively alter any health benefits of your drink. That really sounds delicious!

    • Mashood Ahmed says:

      Dear Muminah
      thank you for the suggestion. We actually went through a number of tests and the product has been finalised. Would you believe that now we aim to market it as a nutraceutical and one cancer research organisation is using dates as an immune boosting tool as well?. We are really delighted about the product and await the clinical test reports.

    • Molly Kissoon says:

      i used the dates that comes in a container…is that the same dates you all are referring to….am i using the right ones…coz i love dates…it seems to be really moist not sure if there is honey added to it…please let me know…thank you!

  35. Honey Shaikh says:

    mere ghar me pure ek saal tak bait ke kahne jaise khajoor hai bhai.

  36. Mani Honey says:

    gud advice to all….