9 Health Benefits of Medjool Dates

Health Benefits of Medjool DatesMedjool dates,commonly referred to as king of dates.This is because they are highly regarded especially in the Middle East and North Africa where they are believed to have originated.Though there are various varieties of dates,medjool dates are  considered soft, while there are others which are either dry or semi-dry; this depending on texture and taste. Medjool dates are nutritious and healthy with innumerable health benefits.

Health Benefit 1: Multiple Nutrients

Medjool dates are loaded with calories, carbohydrates, proteins and no fat. The sugar in them is usually glucose, fructose and traces of sucrose and maltose.

Health Benefit 2: Fiber Rich

Medjool dates have a great amount of dietary fiber, supplying you with 27% of the recommended daily allowance. Their soluble fiber is important in regulation of blood sugar as well as levels of cholesterol.Notably, the beta-D-glucan in Medjool dates aids in water absorption hence adding bulk to stool.This prevents constipation.

Health Benefit 3: Source of Potassium

Medjool dates contain more potassium than other known mineral to man. Potassium assists in balancing body pH, maintaining intercellular fluid balance as well as blood sugar regulation. Deficiency in this mineral could cause elevated blood pressure hence the 20% RDA comes handy.

Health Benefit 4: Rich in Copper

With 18 percent of the recommended daily allowance of copper mineral, medjool dates are useful in the body for absorption of iron, formation of collagen, red blood cells formation, healthy nervous system as well as energy generation.

Health Benefit 5: Provides Satiety

Medjool dates are great foods to control addiction for sweet foods. Their high fiber content keeps you full for long hence curbing the cravings. It also aids in keeping a healthy digestive system, hanks to loads of both soluble and insoluble dietary fibre and plenty of amino acids. Additionally, it helps in dealing with irritable bowel and constipation.

Healthy Benefit 6: Healthy Snack

You do not have to worry about weight gain when you eat Medjool dates; they are bereft of any fats and have absolutely no sodium or cholesterol.So, go ahead and indulge in eating this healthy fruit snack!

Health Benefit 7: Energy Powerhouse

The high natural sugar levels in Medjool dates as well as potassium keep you invigorated with energy. Potassium in Medjool dates (by the way they contain more potassium than bananas) builds muscles tone, enhancing you physically.

Health Benefit 8: Regulation of Blood Pressure

Maintenance of normal blood pressure requires potassium and magnesium as they both ward off cardiovascular attacks such as coronary heart disease. Medjool dates will provide sufficient amounts of both of these minerals. They also assist in maintaining a healthy nervous system.

Healthy Benefit 8: Combats Arteriosclerosis

The anti-oxidants in Medjool dates play an important role in ridding from the body bad fats as well as reducing the risk cancers. Their high fiber content also plays an important role in fighting deposition of plaque, mostly associated with development of arteriosclerosis.

Health Benefit 9: Anti-oxidant Properties

Manganese in Medjool dates serve as co-factor for a compound known as superoxide dismutase. This anti-oxidant is useful in the body for destroying free radicals which damage to cells. The other anti-oxidant, phenols, aids in lowering high levels blood triglycerides.

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  • MGG

    GREAT article. However, you may want to have another look at #6, that there is no need to worry about gaining weight because they do not contain fats. It is not fat that makes a person fat, it is calories. One can eat 10,000 kcal /day of no fat food, and balloon anyway. Hope this is received in the spirit I meant this, not to criticize.

    • ittiv

      Not true. Fat makes a person fat, whether so called “healthy fats” or animal saturated fats. Glucose feeds every cell in the human body. A calorie from fat will make you fat. A calorie from dates will be clean burning energy, and makes you lean. Not trying to criticize. Eating 2500+ cal of mostly dates and other sweet fruits has made me lean. I’m a female who doesn’t go the gym. A calorie is not a calorie. It depends if it’s coming from fat or aplant-based whole food. Western society needs to get off the SAD diet and it’s misconceptions.

      • MGG

        Congratulations on your success, that is wonderful! We have that leanness in common. I lost over 160 Lb over the course of 2.5 years and have kept it off for 12. My eating included olive oil, avocado oil etc… well rounded, mediterranean style. For me it worked. I consulted over 1000 people professionally on weight loss and I could not agree with you more; SAD diet is sad indeed. Be healthy and blessed!

        • ittiv

          That’s great! My goal was not to lose weight, but to become healthy, doing my own research over the years and looked at many studies, seeing what would help my body. Vegan high carb/low fat/high calorie is what’s healing me. I ate too many avocados and nuts, before, while calorie restricting. It only taught my body to store fat. Now i’m truly lean with no loose skin, like when i was eating avocados, nuts, and so called “healthy” organic raw olive oil. I think clearly and have so much energy, but mostly it’s reversed my health. I can move pain-free. i don’t exercise much, either.Good luck in your endeavors.

          • ittiv

            I “pound in” the calories, water, sleep. Thanks to dr and f!

      • cicada69

        Fat is burned in the human body to create -energy-, it is not ‘redeposited’ as fat.
        The human body converts carbohydrates & excess sugars into -human fat-.
        “Standard American Diet” is faulty in this, for the amount of processed foods & grains involved; thusly the excess carbs & sugars, resulting in obesity, hypertension & pre/diabetic conditions. `plenty of coinciding articles to support this out there, as well as personal experience; I’ve increased certain fats, reduced my grain/carbs, increased veg and moderated fruit consumption, & body fat is reducing, slowly & effectively.. All the best to those pursuing healthy choices, and all encouragement for those at the beginning of their health journey..

        • ittiv

          Not true. You are just losing water. The brain exclusively runs on glucose and every cell runs on complex carbohydrates (fruit, vegetables, greens) and complex carbs in the form of starches (rice, potatoes, pasta).

          People are not fat, because they eat too much fruit or rice (with no added fat). LOL I’ve never seen a long-term fruit or rice lover that is fat. People in western societies are fat, because they restrict carbohydrates and clean burning calories- “carbophobia.”

          They’re bodies starve for complex carboydrates and hold onto all fat. Then they binge on simple carbs, like bread (full of sodium and oil), pasta drenched in olive oil/saturated fat and cholesterol from animal products, donuts (contain eggs and fried in fat), potato chips (salt that retains water and fat), potatoes (sour cream, butter full of saturated animal fat and cholesterol).
          This is why western civilizations are chronically ill and fat. Then they go to their dr., who’s also most likely carrying too much fat and chronically ill and void of nutritional education. The “patient is told to restrict all carbs and fruit is bad,” given a slew of medications that destroys their cells, destroys their immune system, which is mainly in their gut, and basically is the reason they restict again, causing their bodies to go into an endless starvation mode; with depleted metabolism. They see they lost some weight, but that’s all water.

          • ittiv

            The number one cause of type 2 diabetes is obesity, not clean burning carbs. A runner doesn’t fill up on a fatty steak before a race, unless they want to be in trouble, lol.

        • ittiv

          Then they get depressed, because their bodies are not getting any high complex carbohydrate foods (dates, fruit, rice, white potatoes).Their brains are not getting the glucose that they crave and need, from complex carbs, and are chronically depressed. They go to their dr., who puts them on more meds, with horrible side effects. OR, they go all out on a saturated fat binge fest on the wrong food that contain some carbs, and then blame the fruit they had on their icecream, because their bodies gained more weight (it’s still in starvation mode). They beat themselves up and the whole cycle starts again.

          • Raoul

            White potatoes are terrible for you in just about every way.

          • ittiv

            If you believe b6, pottasium, magnesium, iron, copper, etc. are “terrible for you in just about every way,” then don’t eat them.

            I’ll keep eating my medjool dates and other whole foods (including white potatoes), they make me feel good!:-)

          • Raoul

            Butterfingers have magnesium, calcium and iron, and make me feel good so let’s eat those, too!

          • ittiv

            I respectfully disagree. Synthetic nutrients and vitamins from processed foods are not a good idea, because a lot of people can’t metabolize those. Petroleum is found in those synthetic nutrients.Please take care of yourself and eat as many whole foods in their most natural form, that you can.You’ll feel better in the long run.:-)

          • Raoul

            I was merely joking. A sweet potato would be far better than a white potato for numerous reasons among a variety of diets. There are plenty of much better vegetables to consume, so it’s a better idea to support those more than anything.

          • ittiv

            See Raoul, that’s one of my main sources of calories. I only eat plant based whole foods, so i eat a lot of sweet potatoes and greens, etc. However, white potatoes are cheap and chock full of energy, vitamins, and nutrients. I steam them and sprinkle some ground flax seed on sometimes, but honestly, I love them plain, smashed together with greens. I know, that probably sounds nerdy, but I love food too much, and I just don’t buy into all the myths, started by these corporate types.

        • ittiv

          My replies are reversed, by accident.

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  • Tiger Blood

    A serving is 4 dates.