In the United States, a stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Every year, almost 795,000 people suffer a stroke. Out of that total, roughly 600,000 are first time attacks. So the goal is to try and prevent them from ever occurring. According to the Daily Health Post, dates are the number one food that can help prevent a stroke; as well as preventing high blood pressure and cholesterol.
What Are Dates? Dates are a flowering plant species in the palm family. In order to be the number one food that can prevent strokes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol, you must contain something special. Dates are loaded with calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc, which give them huge health benefits.
Prevents Atherosclerosis: According to Israeli researchers, eating dates at least once a day can protect you from developing atherosclerosis, says the Daily Health Post. If you’re unfamiliar with atherosclerosis, it’s when plaque builds inside your arteries. Over time, this plaque will harden which narrows your arteries and can cause a heart attack or a stroke. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry showed that eating at least 3.75 ounces of dates daily for four weeks can decrease your triglyceride (fats) levels by 15%. They also reduce the amount of oxidation of fats in your body by at least 33%, which in turn, lowers your blood cholesterol.
Lowers Blood Pressure: According to a Harvard Medical School study, dates are one of the best foods that can help lower blood pressure. Researchers of the study recommend consuming 8 servings (half a pound) of dates a week.
Prevent Strokes: As I mentioned earlier, dates have loads of magnesium in them. With that said, there have been several studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that show that by consuming 100mg of magnesium daily, you can decrease the risk of a stroke by 10%.
Other Health Benefits: According to a 2005 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacy, consuming dates on a daily basis can actually soothe inflamed ulcers in your digestive tract. The reason this is possible according to researchers is that the aqueous and ethanolic extracts of the dates mitigate the increased ethanol in histamine and gastrin concentrations.
Prevents Cancer: As mentioned multiple times already, dates contain high levels of magnesium. It calms the inflammation in the body, which has been linked to multiple diseases, which includes cancer. With that said, a 2015 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that consuming dates can help reduce the chances of developing colon cancer.
Healthy Pregnancy and Delivery: When it comes to having a child, women want a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Researchers at the University of Science and Technology wanted to discover how consuming dates impacted labor parameters and delivery outcomes. They studied 69 women over the course of a year. They found that women who consumed dates for the last four weeks before labor reduced their need for induction and augmentation of labor.
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