DATES BY KARIMAH BINT DAWOUD
INSTAGRAM -The Islamic Nutritionist
Arabic: tamar ripe dates
It is significant that dates are mentioned over 22 times in the Quran, more than any other fruit, more than any vegetable or animal product. This emphasis signifies their importance in nutrition and remedial benefits. The date palm is the national symbol of Saudi Arabia and for good reason, they have been in the land for over 10, 000 years.
SURAT/CHAPTER 16, AYAT/VERSE 11, An-Naĥl (The Bee)
“ With it He causes to grow for you the crops, the olives, the date-palms, the grapes, and every kind of fruit. Verily! In this is indeed an evident proof and a manifest sign for people who give thought. “
The Temperament of dates varies at various stages of their edibility. Tamr are ripe dates that are hot and dry. Their hot energy repels any harmful effects of cold food. Ajwa dates from Saudi Arabia are beneficial in cases of poison because of the soil quality where they are grown . Ibn Qayyim states that belief in their remedial benefits is part of the healing. The prophet Muhammad(saw) forbade Ali and Suhayb from eating dates when they had ophthalmia (conjunctivitis).the prophet also said “the people of a house where there are no dates are hungry” Dried dates strengthen the liver, relax the bowel;especially when soaked in water and dates without stones and soaking water are drunk. dates increase semen especially when eaten with pine. When they are eaten at the beginning of the day they kill worms. Dried dates are a fruit, a food, a cure, a drink and a sweet.
Science is now affirming the health benefits of dates that were known by Prophet Muhammad salah alaihi wa salem 1400 years ago.
The health benefits of dates are as follows;
1. Energy And Weight Gain
2. Sexual Performance
3. High Fibre and digestion
4. Alleviates anemia
5. Heart Health
6. Nervous system, high in vitamin B 6
7. Stroke Prevention
In 2009 ,Professor Michael Aviram, a biochemist from the Technion-Israel Institute of Science and his team found that found that eating Hallawi dates daily for four weeks could improve the quality of lipids (fats) in the blood without raising sugar level.
They carried out a tests on 10 healthy subjects who ate 3.75 oz of Hallawi dates per day for four weeks. The results were published online by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and showed a 15 percent decrease in triglyceride (fats) levels and a 33% drop in the amount of oxidation of fats in the blood.
“Oxidation is central to the deposition of cholesterol into the artery wall,” says Aviram of the Technion Faculty of Medicine and Rambam Medical Center. “Once it is deposited, it can cause blockage of the blood supply to the heart or brain, a phenomenon that causes heart attack or stroke.” It is the combination of insoluble fiber in dates as well as the other nutrient components like potassium that keep the circulation of blood, water and energy in the body in good motion.
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