Dates

Dates and their benefits

Dates have an excellent nutritional profile as they are dried and their contents of calories are higher than most fruits. Dates have a similar content of calories like most dry fruits like raisins and figs. Dates also contain important vitamins and minerals in addition to a significant amount of fibre. A 100 grams of dates will have 277 calories, 75 grams of carbs, 7 grams of fibre, 2 grams of protein, 20% potassium, 14% magnesium, 5% iron and 12% vitamins.Dates are also high in antioxidants, which may contribute to many of their health benefits.

 

Dates and their benefits

Studies have shown that dates have the highest fibre content of all dried fruits and are one of natures most highest source of potassium; a mineral which is important for the heart muscle to have regular and healthy contractions. The potassium mineral is also required by the human body to balance the digestive system and nervous system.

Dates are known to be beneficial in treating and preventing a number of different illnesses:
•including constipation
•weight gain
•heart problems
•sexual weakness
•intestinal disorders
•diarrhea
•abdominal cancers
•weakening eyesight

The pleasant taste and multiple health benefits in dates are attracting a lot of popularity world-wide.

 

Ajwa Dates and their benefits

Ajwa is a soft dry variety of date cultivated in Madina (Saudi Arabia) and is considered as the finest type among all other dates. There has been many significance acknowledged by many scientific researchers about the great health benefits in the Ajwa date.

 

Studies have shown the Ajwa dates are highly beneficial:
•in maintaining heart’s rhythm,
•removing blockages from blood vessels
•combating high blood pressure

 

Ajwa dates have plenty of essential vitamins and other nutrients along with Magnesium, Potassium, 15 types of salts and minerals, 14 types of fatty acids, 23 types of amino acids and large concentration of fibre.

Ajwa is a soft dry variety of date fruit from Saudi Arabia which is cultivated at Madina . It is a delightfully soft and fruity date with fine texture.

1. Ajwa dates and other dates to combat heart problems

Heart attack is a very common disease now days, however with the regular consumption of Ajwa dates will prevent constriction of the blood vessels, will strengthen the heart and improve cardiac functioning. In a hadith in Abu Dawood, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) advised a physician to give Ajwa dates with its seeds in the form of a paste to one of his companions who was suffering from cardiac problem.

 

2. Ajwa dates and other dates for diabetes

A person with diabetes should consume dates in moderation—up to three dates per day.Dates are a perfect energy snack for those that suffer from diabetes. They have high amounts of antioxidants—more than broccoli, oranges, grapes, and peppers. And, they also have a low glycemic index because of their high fiber content.

 

3. Ajwa dates and other dates for vigor and vitality

Consuming Ajwa dates with milk on a regular basis prevents from sexual debilities and also helps increase sperm count and motility. Being a natural aphrodisiac, both husband and wife should regularly have Ajwa dates along with their meals.

 

4. Ajwa dates and other dates high in fibre

The great amount of fibre in dates helps in preventing constipation. Regular dates helps promote bowel movements by contributing to the formation of stool. In a study of people who consumed dates for 7 days experienced improvements in stool and had a significant increase in bowel movements compared to when they did not eat dates. The fiber in dates is also beneficial for blood sugar control as the fiiber slows digestion and helps prevent blood sugar levels from becoming too high after eating.

5. Ajwa dates and other dates an antioxidant

Dates contain several types of antioxidants that may help prevent the development of certain chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

6. Ajwa dates and other dates help the brain

Eating dates may help improve the brain to function better. Scientific and laboratory studies have shown that dates are helpful to lower inflammatory markers, such as interleukin, in the brain. These high levels of interleukin have a high risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. Dates may be helpful for lowering inflammation and preventing plaques from forming in the brain, which is important for preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

 

7. Ajwa dates and other dates are excellent natural sweeteners

Dates are a source of fructose, which is a natural type of sugar found in fruit. They are very sweet and have a subtle caramel like taste which make them a great health substitute for white sugar in recipes due to the nutrients, fiber and antioxidants that they provide.

 

Ajwa Dates Keep Away Harm, Poison And Magic

The Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “If Somebody takes seven ‘ajwa dates in the morning, neither magic nor poison will hurt him that day.” (Bukhari)

The Messenger (peace be upon him) also said, “Ajwa dates are from paradise.” (Tirmidhi)

The Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “He will not be harmed by anything until he reaches the evening.” (Muslim)

A’isha (May Allah be pleased with her) reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: “The ‘Ajwa’ dates of ‘Aliya’ contain heating effects and these are antidote in the early morning.” (Muslim)

The Prophet said, “If somebody takes some ‘Ajwa dates every morning, he will not be effected by poison or magic on that day till night.” (Another narrator said seven dates). (Bukhari)

 

Beneficial during pregnancy, labor and child birth
1.Dates are very helpful during the time of child birth by enabling smooth expansion of uterus muscles therefore giving an easy delivery and lesser painful to mother.
2.Dates khjoor are known to helping increase mother’s milk production.
3.Dates helps prevent blood loss after childbirth.
4.Dates also helps n the complet growth of the fetus.
5.Dates contains a material which reduces blood pressure for pregnant women.

 

Why not substitute your snacks to dates for an easier labor?
1.Studies have shown that women who ate 6- 7 dates a day for a month before their due date were:
2.Found to be significantly more dilated.
3.More prone to get into labor soon.
4.have a shorter phase on labor.

 

Allah provided fresh and ripe dates to our Mother Maryam (may Allah be pleased with her) after she gave birth to Isaa{Jesus} (peace be upon him) under the palm tree, as Allah says in the Qur’an; “And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates.”(Qur’an19:25)

We understand that Allah will only advise Maryam (may Allah be pleased with her) with the best food and He chose dates just after her child birth and yes dates are even scientifically proven to be the best source of food for women after child birth subhan’Allah as dates are a highly beneficial energy booster for new mothers.

 

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) always had dates in his house.

It is recorded by Imam Al Bukhari (may Allah be pleased with him) that dates and water were the only two foods available in the house of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) on most days as the hadith below:

Al-Bukhaari and Muslim narrated Aa’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) that she said to ‘Urwah: O son of my sister, we used to look at the crescent moon, then the crescent moon, then the crescent moon, three crescent moons in two months, and no fire would be lit in the houses of the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him). I said: O aunt, what did you live on? She said: The two black ones, dates and water, but the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) had some neighbours from among the Ansaar and they had milch she- camels, and they would send some of their milk to the Messenger of Allaah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), and he would give it to us to drink.”

 

 

Dates for breaking the Fast

It was narrated by Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) used to break his fast before praying with some fresh dates; but if there were no fresh dates, he had a few dry dates, and if there were no dry dates, he took some mouthfuls of water.(Abi Dawood )

It is Sunnah to consume odd numbers (reported as 3 in Riyad As Saliheen and Tirimithi) and this is beneficial for our health as it helps us not to over eat after iftar as the body process the nutritional value of dates very quickly thus preventing us from feeling very hungry.