Dates can be a powerful addition to your health arsenal. By looking at the nutritional information in dates, they may not seem to be as nutrient-packed as many foods, but research is showing that they are full of many health boosting benefits. Simply adding three dates to your diet each day can provide a wide range of health benefits.
Improve Digestive Health
Dates are a good source of soluble fiber, which is an important component of digestive health. Soluble fiber draws moisture into the digestive tract, so foods that are high in soluble fiber, such as dates, can help prevent and treat constipation. Dates also work in the opposite way, treating diarrhea. Dates are a good source of potassium, which is useful in treating upset stomachs and diarrhea. They are easy to digest, and the soluble fiber they contain can bulk up watery stools. In addition, the regular addition of dates to your diet can strengthen the good bacteria in your stomach, which is vital for digestion.
Prevent and Treat Anemia
Dates are a good source of iron, which many people struggle to get enough of in their diet. Adding iron to your diet in the form of dates can help treat anemia, a condition which leaves those affected exhausted.
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Magnesium, manganese, and selenium are all important for strong and healthy bones, and dates are an easy way to add these minerals to your diet. Bone strength is of particular concern to mature women, and many find dates an easy and enjoyable addition to their diet.
The natural sugars in dates, from fructose, sucrose, and glucose, make it the perfect afternoon snack for a quick energy boost.
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