#1 May Fight Damage to Cells
The only thing I remember from school is that the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell. Kidding! But, seriously, middle school biology was a blur. The good news is that we're not here to talk specifics. All you need to know is that dates are a downright underrated fruit that can be helping your cells do their jobs. If you want to read more on the importance of cells, click here.
Dates are especially good at providing something called polyphenols—a compound that is similar to an antioxidant and can aid in brain function, digestion, and all sorts of fun stuff. They're also super high in Vitamin A & K, fiber, magnesium, calcium, and a ton more! Hence, dates are a really easy yet effective way to give your cells some energy to ward off potential damage.
Keeping your cells healthy also means ridding of disease....
#2 Reduce Chances of Heart Disease
1 out of every 4 Americans will die due to heart disease, in addition to costing the nation $219 billion dollars in treatment. This is an epidemic that needs to be treated, and we can all prevent it by looking more closely at the foods we eat.
If you're engaging in healthy habits or looking up how to get started, you probably want to do some research on phenolic acid. This acid is a type of antioxidant, known as an anti-cancer agent and directly fights other diseases as well. Dates contain a significant portion of phenolic acid (among other antioxidants) and is best absorbed when they're eaten fresh, rather than dried. One of the many reasons Joolies never dries our precious Medjool dates!
#3 Can Increase Fertility (Male & Female!)
Antioxidants are a no-brainer when it comes to reproductive fertility. They support happy hormones, strong vitals, and safer environments for eggs and sperm to live in. You may be thinking, but I don't want to get pregnant? Trust me, I don't either, but it's so important to be cognizant of one's reproductive health.
Unfortunately, issues of infertility are associated with women, yet, men experience the same exact thing. Multiple studies have shown that date palm polen (DPP) extract contains micro components like estrone and sterols that may aid in male fertility. Increasing these elements was shown to aid in sperm count, too! Who knew such a wrinkly fruit could help out little swimmers?
#4 Help Decrease Damage to Skin
Your skin could undergo a lot of damage down the road If you live in the city or are exposed to toxins in your daily life. Even though it's ideal to get out of that situation, moving somewhere without pollution or changing jobs isn't really in the cards. Nevertheless, it doesn't hurt to incorporate more vitamin-rich foods in your diet for good measure.
Vitamins K, A, C, and D are the most prominent vitamins in dates and happen to be the most notorious agents in skin health. Of course you could go out and buy skincare products with these vitamins, but, yet again, they are best absorbed when they are consumed in their most natural form—food!
#5 Support A Healthy Pregnancy
#6 May Lessen Risk of Cancer
At the end of the day, every person on this planet needs to prioritize their physical and mental health as much as possible. Sadly, over 80% of Americans don't eat enough fruits and vegetables (even though they taste amazing), which can lead to life-threatening problems down the line. Especially as the world fights the spread of COVID-19, we are waking up to a new era of health awareness. Filling a diet full of nature's goodies like broccoli, strawberries, spinach, and (of course) dates provides your body with the necessary nutrients to live a long, happy life.