13 Amazing Benefits of Dates

The benefits of dates include relief from constipation, intestinal disorders, heart problems, anemia, sexual dysfunctions, diarrhea, abdominal cancer, and many other conditions. Dates also help for a healthy weight gain. They are rich in several vitamins, minerals, and fiber. 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 date 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 them in several ways, such as mixing the paste of the dates with milk and yogurt or as a bread spread for a delicious and healthy breakfast. 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. People who follow Islam and observe fastings, break their fast by eating them along with water. This also helps avoid overeating of food once the fast is over. 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 them, since they have significant amounts of potassium.

Dates are one of the best sweet and versatile foods that can regulate the digestive process. They can significantly boost energy levels in people within half an hour of consumption. 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 day will help you maintain 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. It’s also a good source of energy, sugar, and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc can be found in them. They also contain vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin K.

Health Benefits of Dates

The benefits of dates are mentioned in detail below.

Relieve Constipation

Dates are often categorized as a laxative food. This is why they are so frequently eaten by people suffering from constipation. In order to achieve the desired laxative effect of dates, soak some of them in water overnight, then consume in the morning when they turn into a syrup to get the most optimal results. They have high levels of soluble fiber, which is essential in promoting healthy bowel movements and comfortable passage of food through the intestinal tract, which can relieve the symptoms of constipation.

Strengthen Bones

The significant amounts of minerals found in dates make them a superfood for strengthening bones and fighting off painful and debilitating diseases like osteoporosis. These dry fruits contain selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, all of which are integral to healthy bone development and strength, particularly as people age, their bones gradually weaken. So eat dates and give a boost to your bones!

Treat Intestinal Disorders

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

Treat 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 in dates balances out the inherent lack of iron in anemic patients, increasing energy and strength while decreasing feelings of fatigue and sluggishness.

Cure 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. They are a great way to stem the effects of those seasonal allergies through their contributions of sulfur to the diet.

Promote 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 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 them 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!

Boost Energy

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 eat dates for a quick afternoon snack when they are feeling lethargic or sluggish. Often when you exercise in a gym, outside or even on a stretching machine at home, you feel exhausted. Chewing few dates at such times helps you regain your energy immediately.

Maintain 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, they are a wonderful food source for people as they age and their nervous system becomes sluggish or unsupported, as well as for people who want to keep their mind sharp.

Promote Heart Health

Dates are quite helpful in keeping your heart healthy. When they are soaked overnight, crushed in the morning and then consumed, they have been shown to have a positive effect on weak hearts. They 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 to heart attacks and stroke. Therefore, when taken twice a week, dates can seriously improve the overall health of the heart.

Treat Sexual Weakness

Studies have shown that dates are even beneficial for increasing sexual stamina. Soak a handful of dates in fresh goat’s milk overnight, 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!

DatesPrevent 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 they 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 and are used as an alternative medicine.

Relieve Intoxication

Dates are commonly used as a remedy for alcoholic intoxication. They provide quick relief and have a sobering effect in case you feel as though you 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.

Treat 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 them can also help relieve diarrhea, by providing bulk to the bowel movements and promoting normal, healthy functioning of the excretory system.

Prevent 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. Since they are natural, 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 attracts various impurities. Therefore, you should only consume the ones that are processed and packaged properly. Also, make sure to wash them thoroughly before eating, as this will help remove the impurities present on the surface.

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Emmanuel Nwankwo

I use to eat this fruit when I was small without even knowing the health benefits, I will definitely make it my favourite from today.

I do eat it a lot and in fact, really works.

The information here is useful and most health benefits pointed out here are not just fallacies. In fact really works.

Wow, I am not sure I can contribute much to the fructose - glucose debate here - or would even like to. It begin to read more bitter than sweet
But if you want to have none of these (fructose - glucose) and still have dates ..... try their seeds 🙂

Apparently date seeds contain antioxidants which are not present in the fruit itself. As I recently began to find out many seeds are in some cases healthier then their fruits (well some aspects of them anyway).

In the case of dates they even produce coffee like beverage from their seeds just search on google for "date seed coffee".
Anyway, thank you for the informative article about one of my favorite fruits.

Just as a side not, carrots contain fructose as well. Not all veggies are free of sugar

I can agree that an Abundance (more than Te body can use to convert to glucose for immediate use and glycogen for storage) can feed bacteria of the gut; Bacteria we all have. Then resulting in bacterial overgrowth and resulting byproducts that cause "leaky gut." That doesn't deem fructose unnecessary for Everyone. And yes, moderate.

Dates is good, also like Coconut & Cacao has health benefits and healing properties. However they are only effective if the products are 100% natural process, no unhealthy ingredients like Preservatives and Sugar Cane and without artificial or chemical additives when processed!

Mr. Bonifacio B. Espanto

I did experienced internal problem that includes stomach pain, constipation, stomach acidity, bad breath for more than 12 years in my carrier and thanks for this wonderful amazing fruits, I just started eating Aug.11, 2016 five days ago there was a total changes of what I had been experienced for more than a decade, I feel relief and started confident to talk, to walk around, and making friends closer to anyone I can afford to deal with.
This was the best offer to me by GOD realizing the first step of recovering process from abnormal to become normal hopefully perfect pretty soon.
In this connection, DATES FRUIT is being instrumented by VIRTUE OF GOD to heal my dis-balance impunity to become complete recovery.

Melissa Meacham

I recently purchased some date sugar at a local natural store. Basically, it is ground-up organic dates and that is the only ingredient. I have used it to replace refined white sugar in cookie recipes, muffins and cakes without any other changes to the original recipe. The flavor and sweetness is the same. It is great to know that dates have so many health benefits that bleached white refined sugar does not. I would rather eat something whole and filled with nutrients that "does a body good" than eat something chemically-treated, bleached and refined so much that it lacks any nutritional value at all. Try it!

Patricia Hartzog

Thank you fora great idea! I will also share this with others.

asif ahmed shaikh

I Really Love Dates over All Foods and Fruits in The World

Fantastic. I have been taking this once a while not knowing it can address some of my health challenges like wanting to gain weight and actually supplying most of the nutrients I have been diagnosed as lacking. Of course I will still eat other things but I'm glad to know I can keep my dates!

I love them ..

I have been addicted to dates and Ate 6 or 7 of them. I've had diarrhea for two days. Anyone else have that issue? Kt

Patricia Hartzog

Perhaps you could back to 3 a day. I morning, 1 noon & 1 in the evening? That you can still have them, if it works.

I've not had that problem. And I eat around 12-15 Deglet Nour variety dates every day!

Gizelle Wilkinson

Diarhea is usually a sign that the body is trying to free itself of toxins and as dates have a laxative effect, it probably stimulated the reaction. So count it as a good thing and be careful what you put in your body from now on. A plant-based diet never fails.

Try to eat it with some yoghurt or Fermented milk" leben"

Yes! If I eat more than one a day.

Strange you have this. I eat around 12-15 everyday!

Evelyn T .Woodson

I hope people will catch on to the healing benefits of dates and other fruits

I live on these things... Literally. Go Vegan!

I eat this after eating delicious meat for lunch


Vegan is cool, but so is vegetarian, especially if you don't absorb nutrients well as it includes more food groups.

Vegan is unhealthy for the reasons you mentioned. Many vegans end up with serious nutritional deficiencies

Vegan or Vegetarian - Its all fine. As long you know what you eat and balance the nutrition levels you are fine. Vega or Veg is not native to the West hence ts seen as a problem.

Daily dates with butter, bunch of plums and 3 pieces of dark chocolates with Tomato Juice ! ^^

I believe dates are high in INSOLUBLE fibre and has only trace amounts of soluble fibre. It's the insoluble fibre that aids in constipation, diverticulitis etc. Soluble fibre helps reduce HDL and is found more in grains.

Dates have really helped me , i used to suffer from terrible wind problems, since i started to consume several pounds of them daily, i have had no trouble since. They also helped to my headaches, when i would feel one coming on i would pop a few dates into my mouth washed down with a gallon of milk , and within half an hour the pain would subside , so thank you.

Hey Peter, That is just insane, to eat several pounds a day ?.... are you serious ?, .... Diabetes is around the corner for you !

Gizelle Wilkinson

Do you consume any other foods. Doesn't sound like there's room for much else. 🙂

Sylvia A Smitherman

Make sure you drink lactose free milk or you surely will get gas from the lactose. That much lactose is enough to double me over in gas pains.

Several pounds of dates, daily? Washed down with a gallon of milk? Wow, Peter, you are a legend.

Legend? No he just weighs 400 pounds

Insane.. Says 3000 calories for just a kilogram, and a gallon of milk? Wind problems... Seems like you would still have that issue.

a gallon of milk? 3 pounds of dates? jesus.

I can only imagine the explosive results of such a combination with a high volume dates with milk. If Peter had terrible wind problems before, the resulting blow out would have wrecked him.

Right? A whole gallon of milk? You didn't die from poisoning?

Angela De los Santos

Well, my situation is the different. My Immune System is Over Active and is the
cause of my Epilepsy. I also have bad memory because of it since it happens on both
sides of my brain. Because of all the medication, constipation is
given. Now, I've been getting allergies in the summer for
the past 2 years. They also said I was allergic to Coffee and Peanuts, which are my favorites and that has never happened. Then I started eating/drinking them again and, no allergies. I gained weight since
they said to eat a slightly heavy meal so the medication doesn't make me so dizzy. Now, my mom want me to eat 1 date per day. I see you can eat it plain, in coffee or milk. But, are there any other ways. TY

Eat dates with walnut or almond. You an take the seed out and put instead the nuts. It tastes delicious. To inhance the test, you may sparkle some cardamom powder. Yum
It is better to eat 7 dates every day.

If you want to eat something that tastes like a dessert, stuff your date with a little organic natural peanut butter...It is heaven in the mouth--sweet and creamy!! Nature's candy. It beats a Reese's peanut butter cup anyday.

Sylvia A Smitherman

Sounds yummy.

That's how I like it. I have a VITAMIX. Every morning I cranck it up with dates, a spoon of spirulina, one of chlorella, one of bee pollen, banana, apple, etc. Mix it with either water or some good juice.

I've been making almost exactly the same smoothie, but I also like to add milled golden flax seed and some fresh ginger and carrots to the mix. I try to pre-chop my dates since my blender isn't really up to the task of taking by on whole dates (minus the pits, of course). It's healthy and delicious!

Hi Angela,

I love putting dates into my smoothie: Try a handful of kale, banana, raspberries, blueberries and some activated almond milk. This smoothie is full of essential nutrients antioxidants and will help regulate your bowels. You can use any combination of the above. Mostly I just have Kale dates and banana smoothie with almond or coconut milk.

Look at investing in a good blender such as the VITAMIX. its pricey, save your money but a worthy investment for life.

You should consult a naturopath or holistic nutritionist for further professional advice to improve your health. I'm a health therapist and generally speaking without knowing your medical history you can improve your health greatly by avoiding all animal milk and dairy foods. Switching to a vegetarian plant based diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables will turn your life around. You will need help to do this under the guidance of a health professional to ensure you are getting sufficient nutrients and energy from your diet and in the first few months the vegetarian diet will assist in natural detoxification and your body begins to push out toxic by-products and you may have varying symptoms as your body cleans itself out. You will notice in 3-6-12 months time that you sleep better, have more energy, and feel happier within yourself.

Best of luck with your health and seek professional advice. You may also like to consider attending a detox cleanse facility and anti-parasite treatment to help with your condition.

My concern would the sweetness of dates since we should watch our sugar intake. Sugar is known to cause inflammation. Does anyone know the to this question?

I love to hear new recipes & juicing combinations
Thx all

I'm sorry to hear that. What's your diet like?

Chemogoh James

This is a very useful medical lesson that you have given me and my family. GOD bless you. Stick to your carrier for, you are healing world. Regard.

Now dont go cray and overeat the dates, they are very rich in a lot of things yes, which means they can also be dangerous in too large quantities! Also, dont just go and read positive and assuring things to justify eating things you love to eat, that in itself is dangerous. You must look at it from a neutral perspective, unbiased. Now, enjoy your dates, Im going nuts on a 1kg package lol! Im quite badly constipated and toxic from my medication, this is the perfect solution, almost a complete one! And sooo darn yummy!!!!!! Cheers!!!

Dates are one of the most popular fruits packed with an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are required for normal growth, development and overall well-being.

Richard Prinicpal

I must get through a couple of 400 gram packets a week, it is a move to take refined sugar out of my diet and to only have natural sugar (like in fruit)


I have never had sugar in my tea, I found the taste of tea good when I was a young lad, however the taste of coffee was a bit bitter, it was suggested when I was younger to put a spoonful of sugar in with the coffee, .. then another spoon, it still did not taste all the good, it turned into a sort of bitter-sweet taste. So I went for another spoon, and was quickly told NO! As the years went on, whenever I visited my grandmother other visiting relatives kept telling me my teeth would drop out. So I tried something I dont think a lot of other people have ever tried, I cut back my sugar for the coffee almost half a spoon each week so after a month or so there is no more sugar need for my coffee. At first the coffee might seem a bit bitter but as the week drags on your taste bugs get used of it, until the start of the next week. For most of my life I absolutely hate sugar in coffee. Dont worry about the missing sugar from your diet via drinking coffee or tea, you need plenty of fruit every day if you want to keep your blood pressure down, that has natural sugar in it.

Eating sugar in a coffe once or twice a day is not that bad. If your coffee is very bitter, it also means youre making it too strong, possibly, or the roast is very dark and as such, bitter.

I eat 1kg dates per week with milk.. Hope that's not too bad

I eat about 1lb a day without milk.

How do you prepare it?

how many dates should we eat daily and at which time to increase sexual stamina...?

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