Health and Beauty Benefits of Dates

by Aarthi on December 30, 2011 · 43 comments

Health and Beauty Benefits of Dates

Health and Beauty Benefits of Dates

After seeing the query for healthy and problem-free hair in Ask IMBB Gang section, I shared my hubby’s secret to his healthy hair. That is when I thought, it is very essential that we know the health and beauty benefits of dates. I don’t know how many of you read this, but my hubby followed this routine and he does not have any hair problems till date.  All he does is oil his hair 30 minutes before bath and then rinses off his hair. Along with this, he consumes 2-3 dates every day. That is all that he does and I can see him having a healthy hair !!! So girls, please do try this regimen and wait for 3 months to see the results. He has passed on this tip to many (though only a few have followed it), they all came back saying it did help them a lot.

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We all know that dates are rich in iron but until I started to gather information for this article, I never knew it also has all essential natural fibres. It includes vitamins, minerals, natural oil, calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium.  I was really surprised to know that such a small fruit has so many useful fibres that my doctor always says that the saying “apple a day keeps the doctor away” holds good for dates too.

Dates is a fruit that can be consumed directly without addition of any other ingredient. It is also sweet and thus lazy girls like me can just pop one or two anytime we want. There are even seedless dates available that you don’t have to worry about even taking the seed before consuming. I think this is one of the easiest and quickest fruit that could be taken.

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Now let me list down the various health benefits of dates:

  • Dates help a lot in preventing constipation.
  • People with intestinal disorders have been advised to take dates.
  • If you are very skinny and you want to put on weight, then take this healthy sweet fruit with milk.
  • People with heart problems have also been advised to take dates on a regular basis.
  • It helps to arrest diarrhoea.
  • Dates have also been prescribed for sexual weakness.
  • People suffering with abdominal cancer have also been advised to consume dates.
  • Dates helps in good muscle development.
  • Dates is a well-known remedy for alcoholic intoxication.
  • Dates help in improving the digestive system.
  • Dates also helps in reducing cholesterol.
  • Dates is known to slow the process of tooth decay.

The benefits of dates goes on and on. It is a great substitute for sugar. I usually make milk shakes using dates and not sugar and thus I can serve the same to people of all age groups from kids to elderly people.  These dates are also available in the form of syrup and the same can be taken directly either like two spoons per day or we can even add that to our milk, juice, desserts and other dishes. It not only adds just taste to the food but also lot of health benefits.

One has to be careful while buying dates.  It is very essential to buy the good ones that has a quality label on it.  Since the dates outer surface is very sticky, it tends to attract more dust and thus if you even have a slight doubt that it is not clean, it is always better to clean/wash the dates before consuming it.

To have healthy skin and hair is not an easy task in today’s busy life and for people like us, dates is our saviour.  Just take a couple of dates everyday and you can see a drastic transformation in your skin and hair. Let me list out the various ways you can take dates.

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  • Beat dates with milk and you can have it as a milk shake.
  • You may add fruits of your choice to the above-mentioned shake and thus the dates just acts as an sweetening agent and it would not dominate the flavour of the milk shake.
  • You can make dates paste and use instead of jam.
  • Dates syrup is readily available in the market which can be used in place of  honey.
  • Dates syrup can be topped up on fruit salads and ice creams to add more flavour.
  • You can skip sugar if you are adding dates to a particular dish.
  • Dates as such is a sweet fruit, which can be consumed directly.

I have started consuming dates in various forms for the past 15 days (I don’t like the syrup though) and I can already see a good difference in my health.  I am waiting to see the effects on my hair and skin now :D

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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

srishi December 30, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Nice article Aarthi ! I like eating dates a lot specially during winters.

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm

That is really good Srishi..

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jomol December 30, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Nice article Aarthi…..I only knew that dates a rich source of iron and minerals….but this is a lot of info :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes:

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Thank You Jomol :)

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sukanya December 30, 2011 at 7:15 pm

thnx for sharing Aarthi :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Glad you liked it sukanya :)

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Jyotsna December 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm

thanks for the info Aarthi!!!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: that was really helpful…. :) :)

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Your welcome Jyotsna :)

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neha December 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm
Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm
Somreeta Mukherjee December 30, 2011 at 10:01 pm

cool :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: i too hav 4 to 5 dates everyday :wink:

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

That is great Somreeta. :yes:

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Preeti December 30, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Lovely article Aarthi! :waytogo: My husband and I been having 2-3 dates everyday since the past 2 years now along with almonds, walnuts, raisins and flax seed pwd in our oats for breakfast. It not only makes our otherwise bland oats taste sweet, its also helped me overcome my anemia without the use of iron tablets or syrups. And I’d like to think I have decently healthy hair with no major problems! :shying:
Now I have started to introduce dates to my 18 month old son as well in the form of milkshakes! O:)

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Great Preethi. Will try that powder with oats for sure :)

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Vid December 31, 2011 at 12:28 am

very useful info aarthi :thanks: :thanks:

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Thanks Vid :)

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Bee December 31, 2011 at 1:51 am

Very informative article Aarti :)

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Thanks Bee :)

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Eram December 31, 2011 at 2:32 am

Thanks for the article. I got a date packet from a friend :pompom: maybe il buy more after this one ends!

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Glad this article helps you.

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niharika December 31, 2011 at 9:48 am

Good article! Eating 2-3dates is almost like a ritual , as my mom passed on to me . It improves complexion.

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Woww..

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Pia December 31, 2011 at 10:03 am

Grt article aarthi… Im anaemic n doc has prescribed that i have dates and figs everyday along with other food that are rich sources of iron… Infact just yday i went and picked up a half kilo packet from the market to start my health care regimen :waytogo:

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Great Pia :yes:

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Akhila December 31, 2011 at 10:38 am

wonderful article…I knew dates are good but this good ? never knew … and the hair care tip…I will surely pass on to my hubby…and yes whenever I want to eat a lill sweet I just pop a date and I feel good…healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth :) have a great day and a very happy new year :)

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Thanks Akhila :)

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keirti December 31, 2011 at 4:47 pm

hey aarthi u solved my query of hair problm… using dates :teddy: :teddy: :teddy: m not regular with them though :(( :(( :(( :(( :(( ma mom advised me same par smhow m not regular with it… :-/ :-/ :-/ n now seeing these much huge benefits i’ll consume dates on a daily basis…

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Good work Keirti :)

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khush December 31, 2011 at 4:54 pm

m havng craving for dates after readng this post lol

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

loll.. ;)

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Poo December 31, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Nice article Aarthi..
I like dates in winters :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm

y just in winters? I am just curious Poo..

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Pragnyadeepta December 31, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Dates for me are :yuck: :yuck: :yuck: My Ma forces them into my mouth. :sick:
But now I know some other ways to finish them off. :shying: :shy: :specs:

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm
Deepa January 1, 2012 at 12:06 am

Useful post Aarthi.. Thanks for sharing

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Thank You Deepa :)

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Gurpreet January 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Thanks for the wonderful post Aarthi.. Just a word of caution here. :sick: Please be very careful with the dates wen you eat them.. There are worms or very small insects seen in some of them :yuck: though the expiry date had not passed. I am not sure wat was the reason.. :shutmouth:
I guess after reading this post.. i will try with the date syrup first in start my love for dates all over again :stars:

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Oh thanks for sharing Gurpreet :)

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Rajol January 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I just love dates…In fact it is also great for expecting mum’s, it works great for both mum and baby…. :yes: :yes: :yes:

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm

:yes: :yes:

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Vinita January 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm

very informative …. thanks a lot. :yes: ..i have a lot of hairfall :cry:

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Aarthi January 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Glad it helped you :)

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Nidhi Pandey January 2, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Hey Aarthi! nice piece of information! :) I love eating dates with Milk every morning :)

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