When it comes to the number of minerals, vitamins, and health-benefiting nutrients in dates, suffice it to say there are a lot of them. First and foremost, they’re easily digested, allowing your body to make full use of their goodness.
Dietary fiber in dates helps to move waste smoothly through your colon. The iron content determines the balance of oxygen in the blood. Potassium, an electrolyte, helps control your heart rate and blood pressure. B-vitamins contained in dates, such as the carotenes lutein and zeaxanthin, absorb into the retina to maintain optimal light-filtering functions and protect against macular degeneration. Pretty impressive stuff!
Want more? They contain vitamins A and K. Vitamin A protects the eyes, maintains healthy skin and mucus membranes, and even protects the lungs and mouth from developing cancer. Tannins, which are flavonoids as well as polyphenolic antioxidants, fight infection and inflammation and help prevent excessive bleeding (anti-hemorrhagic). Vitamin K is a blood coagulant that also helps metabolize your bones. WOW!
Medically Proven Benefits Of The Ajwa
A research carried out by the King Saud University has shown that the fruit has anti-inflammatory properties similar to commercially available drugs like aspirin. It has also found that antioxidants in Ajwa dates are equal to existing commercial antioxidant products available in the market. Apart from the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, the sugar in Ajwa dates consists only of monosaccharides, making the date beneficial for people who suffer from Type 2 diabetes. Some medical expert has strong belief on ajwa khajoor and they specially recommend it for heart patients. Ajwa khajoor seed powder is highly effective in the opening of blocked heart arteries.
Hadith relating to the Ajwa dates
Al-Bukhaari (5445) and Muslim (2047) narrated from Sa‘d ibn Abi Waqqaas that the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever eats seven ‘ajwah dates in the morning, will not be harmed by any poison or witchcraft that day.”