Shortly after I made a commitment to the raw vegan lifestyle, I began experimenting with a variety of healthy fruits that I was not accustomed to eating regularly. One of the fruits was dates. Although I was greatly attracted to the fruit as a result of their sweet taste and portability, I am now aware that they offer a variety of health benefits as well. Here are three:
1. Constipation Relief.
As many health experts know, dates contain a high volume of soluble fiber, the component that contributes to a healthy bowel movement while also enabling the comfortable transition of food through our intestinal tracts. Both of these factors can relieve the symptoms that result from constipation. For this reason, some people categorize dates as a laxative. In discussing how you should eat dates to attain the maximum laxative effect, Organic Facts notes that you should soak the fruit in water overnight.
2. Bone Health And Strength.
As a result of the fact that they contain a plethora of minerals such as selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, dates play an integral role in promoting the healthy development of bones. These minerals can also facilitate the strengthening of our bones. The positive role dates can play in contributing to healthy bone development is important for everyone, but especially older people who may become increasingly susceptible to debilitating conditions such as osteoporosis.
Although many health conscious individuals such as myself usually think of dark, green leafy vegetables as the best iron-rich foods, dates also have a relatively high volume of this important mineral. In discussing the health benefits of dates, Wikipedia notes that 100 grams of the fruit contains 8% of the DV for iron. This high iron content is important because it can aid people struggling with anemia. This happens because the high volume of iron in the dates balances out the lack of iron that anemic patients struggle with. In so doing, the iron from dates can result in an increase in strength and energy while simultaneously lowering feelings of sluggishness and fatigue.
Although there are a variety of delicious fruits you could eat to maximize your health, all of the great benefits that can result from consuming dates lead me to believe that this is probably one of the food products I should gravitate towards. What about you?
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