Dates (known as Dabino in Hausa) cultivation is as old as man himself. But its cultivation have been estimated to have started at approximately 6000 BC.
The Dates fruit which comes in various varieties and sizes can be eaten fresh or dried depending on the taste of the consumer. Whether it is eaten dried or raw, its nutritional value still remains unchanged.
Research has shown that dates fruit contains fiber, potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium, Vitmain B6 and sugar.
The fruits may not be a storehouse of nutrients but it contains quite a good number of nutritional benefits to mankind. Such benefits include the following;
Its fiber content is good and essential for colon health and it helps reduces constipation. Apart from this, the fiber content boosts the efficiency of the digestive system; the fiber also helps boost the heart health.
The presence of magnesium and potassium makes it an inflammatory which has effects on Tumour Necrosis factor (TNF) and Interleukin 6 (IL-6). The potassium is essential for blood clothing.
A daily consumption can prevent inflammation diseases such as arthritis and Alzheimer’s diseases. Its magnesium content can also be harnessed to reduce blood pressure.
Healthy pregnancy and delivery: Research has shown that consumption of dates in the last 4 weeks before labour significantly reduced the need for induction and Vitamin B6 is good for augmentation of labour and brain health.
The benefits of eating dates cannot be overemphasized and more researchers are still unveiling the untapped health benefits of eating dates fruit.