Category: Sports Nutrition

What are the Health Benefits of Dates?

Introduction

Dates, no I am not asking you to go on a date with me, but we are talking about the ones, which is consumed as a dry fruit, have lots of nutrients, fiber and anti-oxidants properties, making them very popular all over the world. Dates have proven their worth in treating many ailments, when consumed in advance it enhances the immune system, are anti-inflammatory and are anti-tumor.

Dates have a unique sweet taste, which comes from the family of date palm trees, scientifically known as Phoenix dactylifera

Health Benefits of Dates

This tree is found all over the world, but mostly it is cultivated in the tropical regions. You can also consume it as a dessert, date molasses which is made from the syrup created by dates. Scientists recommend eating 25 to 38 grams of dates daily to enhance your fiber intake.

This fruit is gaining popularity due to its ability to correct all hassles of digestive system. It is also popular for enhancing your eye sight and is sought after to treat ailments like night blindness. It has immense healthy benefits like it enhances the muscle development, makes your mind bright & sharp, so it works wonderfully for your both physical and mental health.

Just with your naked eyes you can tell whether the dates are fresh or dried. Their wrinkled skin means these are dried, whereas their mellow skin indicates that they are fresh. In various varieties, fresh dates have a small size and has different color that ranges from shiny red to shiny yellow.

Amazing Health Benefits of Dates

Amazing Health Benefits of Dates

Great Source of Energy:

  • Dates contain many natural sugars like fructose, glucose and sucrose. The presence of natural sugar enhances the energy level manifold. Most people around the world consume them as an afternoon snack, if they are feeling lethargic or are acting sluggishly. To gain instant energy and become enthusiastic, dates are eaten.
  • When you hit the gym or do any intense physical activity at home, after which you feel exhausted, eat dates, which contain energy providing nutrients that can help you recover at more pace than the normal.
  • Muslims hold a special value for them, when they observe fasting for so many days at a stretch, during Ramzan, when they finish the fast, they do it with eating dates with water. They do so that they don’t like eating any other food, which can be overeaten. The body pacifies the need for hunger with dates nutritious value.
  • When dates are dried, their nutritious value increases, their calorie count is similar to that of figs and raisins. Most of these calories come from carbohydrates in addition to some from proteins. Despite the calories it contains, it also has vital vitamins, minerals and a fair amount of fiber.

Health Benefits of Dates

May Boost Brain Health:

  • A study was conducted and it revealed that dates protect the brain from oxidative stress and inflammation. It also suggested that dates have abundance of total phenolics and natural anti-oxidants, like ferulic acid, anthocyanins,  protocatechuic acid, and caffeic acid. All these prevent the body from dementia and  high levels of IL-6 are associated with a higher risk of neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Consuming dates help in reducing inflammatory markers like interleukin 6 (IL-6), in the brain.
  • Consuming dates reduces the activity of amyloid beta proteins, which creates plaque in the brain.

Treat sexual malfunctions:

  • A research was done in 2006, revealing that dates pollen and its oil have huge amounts of estradiol and flavonoid components, which increase the quantity and quality of the sperms.
  • According to an Indian study,   dates eradicate male infertility in the ancient times.
  • If you need a safe and effective way to enhance your libido and indulge in sexual functions, why don’t you eat organic dates, which have the aphrodisiac properties.

How to Use

  • Dip a handful of dates in fresh goat’s milk for the whole night. Put this mixture in a grinder, with a mixture of cardamom powder and a teaspoon of honey. Mix them vigorously and then drink the mixture. But it will be better if you pay a visit to your trusted Ayurvedic doctor.

Helpful for Pregnant Women

  • Dates have the potential to promote and ease late-term labor in pregnant females: During the last weeks of pregnancy, consuming dates may enhance cervical dilation and will reduce the requirement of induced labor. Dates certainly lessen the labor time. If the female is going to conceive within 4 weeks, she should start eating at least 6 dates per day. This process will certainly help in going to have the baby in a natural condition.
  • A research was done on females, it was found that pregnant females who ate dates amounting to 70 to 76 grams daily, 91% of them felt the labor pains just 4 hours before the delivery.
  • Dates play such a significant role due to the fact that it contains oxytocin receptors and appears to copy all the effects of oxytocin in our body.
  • Oxytocin is a hormone that creates contractions during the childbirth. It also has tannins, which is a compound that facilitates contractions.
  • During pregnancy the females body needs to maintain the energy level by controlling the sugar level, dates have natural sugar, which never raises its level above the normal.

Helpful for Pregnant Women

Cancer Fighting Properties

  • Dates have cancer fighting properties: Eating dates help in enhancing the bowel health, and reducing the pace of developing and spreading of colo-rectal cancer cells.
  • Dried dates have anti-tumor activities, the exact mechanism is still a mystery and need more research.

Enhances Bone Health:

  • Dates contain an ingredient called boron, which promotes healthier bones. It has sufficient amount of minerals like phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and potassium, which makes it a super food that takes care of the health of bones. It helps in combating many diseases like osteoporosis.
  • Organic dates have selenium, copper, manganese and magnesium, all these help in the managing strong health of bones, especially during the old age.

Thus dates have numerous properties, which certainly make them a super food, which has been bestowed by nature to humans

Everyone should know the Health Benefits of Amla Juice(Amla Saar)(Indian Gooseberry)

Overview

Amla which is also known as Indian gooseberry is power house of rich nutrients and vit. c. It contains many essential minerals and vitamins which are not only an integral part of our body’s health and well being, but also play a major role in preventing and managing some of the most common diseases which are widespread. It can be consumed in various ways like eaten raw, juiced, powdered, or can be made into an array of jams, pickles, dips or spreads. Amla is a great source of vitamin c which helps in boosting immunity, strengthen metabolism and prevents bacterial and viral infections.

Health Benefits of Amla Juice

According to Ayurveda

  • According to Ayurveda Amla Saar ( amla juice) have the property of balancing the all the processes in the body and brings equilibrium in all three doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Vit. C which is present in the amla is a natural antioxidant, which protects you against the harmful effects of free radicals.
  • It helps in slowing down the aging process. It is needed for collagen production hence keeping skin, hair healthy and improves the immunity.
  • Amla saar strengthens the eyes, teeth and roots of the hair.
  • Amla juice increases the blood (rakta) and shukra dhatu(semen).
  • It is very effective in piitaj vyadhis like burning sensation in urine, acidity, leucorrhoea, piles etc.

Following are some of the uses of Amla juice

For Physical strength:

  • Take Amla juice and add Ashwagandha churna(2gm) and sugar candy(mishri) to this. This will improve physical strength, vigour, and will also help in infertility. It improves Shukra dhatu in the body and increases the fertility.

Help in Diabetes:

  • Taking amla saar by mixing with 2-4 gms of turmeric shows good results in diabetes. It also helps in controlling nocturnal emission, and in semen related issues.

Leucorrhoea:

  • Amla saar taken with sugar candy(mishri) is very beneficial in leucorrhoea and in excessive bleeding during monthly periods in women.

For strength:

  • Mix honey, sugar candy and brown sugar (shakar) in 10-15 ml of amla saar and take this mixture in between the meal. It will provide strength to the body, helps in fighting infections,and increase the immunity within the body.

Burning micturation

  • Take half a cup of amla juice with 2 teaspoons of honey.
  • Take 50 ml juice of Amla and add 25 gms of honey or Shakaar(brown sugar) in it.
  • Take this mixture in the morning and evening. It will maintain the healthy flow of urine, and will also remove constipation. It will also cure the premature ejaculation.

In bleeding:

  • Apply fresh juice of amla over the bleeding part. It will stop the bleeding.

Dhatuvardhak(Increase semen production and its quality):

  • Take 2 teaspoons of amla rasa(juice) mixing with one teaspoon of pure cow ghee. Take this mixture three times a day for 7 days.

Amla Juice for Weak Eyesight

Weak EyeSight

  • Putting the juice of gooseberry(amla) in the eyes. Or juice of sahajan leaves and mixing it in 1/4th of 1 gm rock salt and apply it in the eyes. It will cure the initial cataract.
  • Amla rasa helps in maintaining healthy eyesight. Also taking amla with green coriander leaves is beneficial in eye disorders.

For Hiccoughs:

  • Take 10-20 ml juice of amla and add 2-3 gms of Piper longum powder and 2 teaspoons of honey.
  • Take it twice in a day. It is beneficial in hiccoughs.
  • Mixing 3 gms of pipali powder and 5 gms of honey in 10ml amal juice gives relief from hiccoughs.

For vomiting:

  • Take 20 ml of amla juice and add one tea spoon of honey and 10 gm powder of white chandan (santalum album). It will stop the vomiting.
  • Take amla rasa and add pippali (piper longum) powder and honey to it. It will be beneficial in vomiting.

For urine problems:

  • Taking 20 ml juice of amla and adding 2 gms of turmeric powder and 10 gms of honey and drink this mixture two times a day. It will help in passing the urine and will help in its proper flow.
  • Taking 20 ml of amla juice by adding cardamom powder to it will cure the Mutrakricchta i.e urine retention

Raktaatisara( bloody diarrhea)

  • In bloody diarrhea take 10-20 ml of amla rasa by adding 10 gm honey and 5 gm ghee to it. Give it to the patient. After that  make the patient to drink 100 ml goat milk thrice in a day.

For raktagulma:

  • Taking amla juice and add black pepper powder to it will cure the rakta gulma.

For Mutra atisara (som roga)

  • Make a mixture of one ripe banana, 10 ml amla juice, 5 gm honey, 250 ml of milk. Then give to the patient. It will cure mutraatisara.

For severe diarrhea

  • Make a paste of 5-6 amla and apply it around the umbilical region and pour juice of ginger in umbilicus. With this, even severe to severe diarrhea can be cured.

For burning and itching in the vagina:

Other Uses of Amla Juice

  • By using the juice of amla  mixed in water for bathing helps to overcome financial issues. But don’t use it on Saptami(7thday of the month), Navami(9th day of the month),  Amavasya(new moon), Sunday, Surya grahan(solar eclipse), Chander grahan(lunar eclipse) स्कंद पुराण, वैष्णव खंड (Skand puran, Vaishnav khand)
  • Washing the dead person’s bones with the juice of amla and stirring it in any river, provides moksha to that person.(स्कंद पुराण, वैष्णव खंड)

Note

  • So, there you go, it is a nature’s elixir packed to combat most of our daily health woes. Give it a try, you will be amazed and will stay healthy.