You know it’s Ramadhan when you start hearing those ‘Yusuf Taiyoob‘ ads on the radios. This time of the month dates are going to be big in stock and you should grab ’em while they’re easily available. Dates, also known as the candy from the trees, are super packed with nutrients and rich in sugar, vitamins, energy and minerals. This sticky sweet fruit makes for a great snack and appetisers for those who want to keep energised through the day amongst many other benefits.
Here FEMALE reveals six benefits of eating dates for your skin, hair and general health.
1. Energy Booster
Dates contain high sugar content (monosaccharide), higher than bananas. It can give you energy that your body can quickly and easily take in. Different from most fruits with high sucrose which requires a slower breakdown process from the enzymes before the body can fully absorb the sugar to transfer to energy.
2. Improve Skin’s Elasticity
Packed with vitamin C, dates help in maintaining and improving skin’s elasticity. The nutrients contained in dates enhances the strength of the subcutaneous tissues, which will result in a more tender and smoother skin. It’s also great for soothing and hydrating the skin as it has the ability to retain the moisture level.
3. Look Younger
Want a youthful complexion? Regular intakes of dates can get rid of those pesky wrinkles and fine lines especially if you eat the black or red ones. If you consume dry dates, which contains pantothenic acid, it will help in averting the damages caused by free radicals. It helps to improve your skin from within you, revealing a more supple and glowing skin.
4. Treat skin problems
You can reduce the appearance of acne scars and stretch marks by applying a mixture of mashed dates and honey to those concern areas. Studies have proven that dates can be a great help in combating skin disorders.
5. Stronger and healthier hair
Dates contain vitamin B which you need for a healthy set of hair. Deficiency in this vitamin will result in a brittle and dry hair. If you’re experiencing hair loss, dates can nourish the follicles from within making it stronger. Just take 3 dates a day.
6. Improve digestion
Dates are good digestive tract balancer. The soluble fibres contain in dates are an essential property of a good digestive system as it allows water into the digestive tract, which relieves constipation. Apart from that, the potassium in dates can help to ease upset tummy and diarrhoea. It also strengthens good bacteria found in the stomach.