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Dates and coffee combination is my weakness and a very naughty combination as both dates and coffee are hot in nature. If I see these two items I lose self-control and it does not matter which date it is as there are over 3,000 varieties.


We all know dates is a prophetic food and medicine, which is also the case with Chinese tradition. Dates are one of the most common herbs I prescribe to patients who lack energy, Blood and memory.


If you are an excessive dates lover, I suggest you eat it with cucumber or watermelon as per Sunnah. Dates are very hot and damp in nature so you need to neutralise it with cooling foods. Otherwise, you shall end up with too much heat in the Stomach leading to other issues, such bad breath, receding gums, and other heat related health conditions.


As Muslims should know from the story of the Virgin Mary, dates promote natural birth. Dates have been studied for their potential to promote and ease late-term labour in pregnant women. Eating these fruits throughout the last few weeks of pregnancy may promote cervical dilation and lower the need for induced labour. They may also be helpful for reducing labour time. Once the baby is born we also know to chew the dates and put the saliva into the newborn's mouth.


Dates are a natural sweetner due to the source of fructose, which is a natural type of sugar found in fruit. For this reason, dates are very sweet and also have a subtle caramel like taste. They make a great healthy substitute for white sugar in recipes due to the nutrients, fibre and anti-oxidants that they provide.


Dates contain several minerals, including phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium for healthy bones. All of these have been studied for their potential to prevent bone-related conditions like osteoporosis.


Date control blood sugar as they have the potential to help with blood sugar regulation due to their low glycemic index, fibre and anti-oxidants. Thus, eating them may benefit diabetes management.


Dates are high in fibre with almost 7 grams of fibre in a 3.5-ounce serving, including dates in your diet is a great way to increase fiber intake. Fibre can benefit your digestive health by preventing constipation. It promotes regular bowel movements by contributing to the formation of stool.


Dates promote brain health so eating dates may help improve brain function. Laboratory studies have found dates to be helpful for lowering inflammatory markers, such as interleukin 6 (IL-6), in the brain. High levels of IL-6 are associated with a higher risk of neuro-degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.

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