6 Health Benefits of Dates

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Written by Ruby

Whether you're new to the Joolies fam or simply not convinced by the awesome-ness of Medjool dates, this piece is for you. Besides tasting like sweet caramel, the fruit is a simple way to pack in antioxidants and vitamins into your diet. It's known as the king of a dates for a good reason!
 
Here are 6 potential benefits that will make you take Joolies out on a date 💕
 

#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

Thanks to Joolies celebrity, Lauren Manaker, we just posted an article on Mother's Day about how awesome dates are for pregnancy. Fresh dates can provide significant amounts of fiber (which keeps the gut healthy for the baby) and even induce good labor. Check out the article here to get the full science run-down on how phenomenal dates are! What pregnant woman doesn't want an easy and fast labor?
 
Mommas craving some sweets can also snack on our convenient pitted snack packs, which contain 3 fresh dates. We've tested this ourselves here at Joolies, and this is the perfect snacking size—we promise!

#6 May Lessen Risk of Cancer

It's a scary word. The fight for a cure is ongoingas more patients, relatives, and friends suffer from the illness. Yet, what we all can do to prevent the development of cancer is simply taking care of ourselves through healthy living. Stress, lack of exercise, smoking, and poor diet choices are some of the ways to build up chronic inflammation, which is a breeding ground for abnormal cell growth.
 
By forcing one's body into a high-pressure environment (like eating a dozen donuts or staying on the couch for two weeks straight), the cells struggle to keep the body going without the nutrients to move forward. It's like expecting to get from California to New York in a car with no fuel or wheels. Reducing stress can mean reducing the risks of cancer over time!
 
Dates contain high levels of magnesium, also known as the ultimate stress buster. Consuming magnesium daily can be a game-changer for individuals who work long days or are prone to increased levels of anxiety. Even though it can be taken in pill form, the body best absorbs and utilizes it through food, of course. By eating dates, one can battle stress head-on, which in turn fights the environment cancer lives in. It's feeding two birds with one scone!

Conclusion

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.

 

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Joolies organic medjool dates are available in 14 oz. Whole and 11oz. Pitted organic dates at an affordable SRP of $8.99. Joolies also carries single-origin Organic Medjool Date Syrup available for SRP $9.99.

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