Qur aan :

In Surah Maryam/Mary [19:25], Quran says that when the mother of Prophet Eesa/ Jesus (peace be upon him) was giving birth to him and she was experiencing pain, she was told by Allah; “shake the trunk of the palm towards you and fresh, ripe dates will drop down onto you.”

Hadith :

Narrated Sad: Allah’s Apostle said, “He who eats seven ‘Ajwa dates every morning, will not be affected by poison or magic on the day he eats them.”
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 65 Hadith 356

Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah’s Apostle never proceeded (for the prayer) on the Day of ‘Id-ul-Fitr unless he had eaten some dates. Anas also narrated: The Prophet used to eat odd number of dates.
Sahih Al-Bukhari – Book 15 Hadith 73

Narrated Salman ibn Amir: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: When one of you is fasting, he should break his fast with dates; but if he cannot get any, then (he should break his fast) with water, for water is purifying.
Sunan Abu Dawood – Book 13 Hadith 2348

Narrated Anas ibn Malik: The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) used to break his fast before praying with some fresh dates; but if there were no fresh dates, he had a few dry dates, and if there were no dry dates, he took some mouthfuls of water.
Sunan Abu Dawood – Book 13 Hadith 2349

Indeed in dates there is a cure : Muslim 14/3

Some info :

~ Dates are free from cholesterol and contain very low fat. Dates are rich in vitamins and minerals. [a]

~ They are rich source of protein, dietary fiber and rich in vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B5 along with vitamin A1 and C. [a]

~ It helps improve the digestive system as it contains soluble and insoluble fibers and different kinds of amino acids. [a]

~Dates are great energy boosters as they contain natural sugars like glucose, sucrose and fructose. To get more advantage add dates to milk and make it a very nutritious snack. [a]

~Dates are rich in potassium and reduced in sodium. This helps regulate a healthy nervous system. Researchers have revealed the fact that potassium intake up to a certain extent can reduce risk of stroke. Dates also help in lowering of the LDL cholesterol. [a]

~Dates have high iron content and are very useful in treating anemia. The patients can eat many dates for better advantages. Dates also have fluorine that slows down the process of tooth decay. [a] Eating dates will provide you with a plentiful supply of iron which can be especially beneficial to people suffering from anemia. This boost of iron promotes strength and greater energy while reducing the feeling of fatigue associated with anemia. [d]

~It helps people suffering from constipation. Soak dates overnight and take it along with water to have added advantage. [a] They are a very good source of soluble fiber.

~It helps increase one’s sexual stamina. Soak one handful of dates in goat’s milk overnight. In the morning grind the dates in the milk and add honey and cardamom powder and drink it. Dates are very low in calories and are extremely suitable for health conscious people. [a] As well as increasing sexual appetite, dates are also said to promote sterility by increasing sperm count and sperm motility. While many of these claims owe their roots to tradition, some formal research was conducted in 2006. This research concluded that the flavonoid and estradiol compounds present in dates were responsible for increasing sterility levels. (3)[d]

~Dates help in weight gain and are beneficial for those who suffer from over slimming problem. Dates are excellent for alcoholic intoxication.
Cures abdominal cancer. The best thing is that it does not have any side effect on the body and is completely natural as well as it works better than medicine. [a]

~It also helps in improving eye sight and helps in curing night blindness as well. [a]

~ Boosts your Brain Health – Sufficient vitamin B6 levels are associated with improved brain performance [c]

~ Reduced Stroke Risk – After evaluating 7 studies published over a 14 year time period, researchers found stroke risk was reduced by 9% for every every 100 milligrams of magnesium a person consumes per day. [c]

~ Anti-Inflammatory – Dates are rich in magnesium – a mineral known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. [c]

~ Promoting Digestive Health, Relieving Constipation – Fiber is essential for promoting colon health and making for regular bowel movements. The insoluble and soluble fiber found in dates help to clean out the gastrointestinal system, allowing the colon to work at greater levels of efficiency. Some other benefits relating to fiber and colon health are reduced risks of colitis, colon cancer, and hemorrhoids. [c]

~ Other digestive issues – Dates can help reduce the risk of a number of colonic complaints like colitis and can even help to treat hemorrhoids. Eating dates on a regular basis can also promote the growth of good bacteria in the stomach and stimulate far more effective digestion. [d]

~ Bone health – As we age, so our bones gradually weaken and certain people will develop bone loss diseases like osteoporosis. Dates are full of the essential minerals and vitamins that can help you fight this issue and keep your bones healthy and strong. [d]

~ Energy boost – If you are prone to periods of fatigue or genuine sluggishness and let’s face it most of us are, then a handful of dates might be able to give you a bit of an energy boost. While consuming too much sugar is never recommended, dates are high in sugars like fructose and sucrose and might be just what the doctor…or boss ordered when you are feeling a little out of puff. [d]

~ Allergies – This is perhaps a slightly surprising health benefit but there is ample anecdotal evidence as well as some scientific research that suggest that dates might be able to help relieve the miserable symptoms of seasonal allergies. [d] In the US alone, some 20 million plus people are affected by seasonal allergic rhinitis and one study published in 2002 noted that organic sulfur compounds, found in very few natural products but present in dates, could help alleviate allergic reactions. (2)

~ heart health – Dates are a rich source of dietary fiber which is essential for reducing LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol levels. Dates are also a rich source of potassium which is linked to a reduction in heart disease and stroke. Adding dates to your weekly diet can promote a healthy heart and reduce your risk of very common heart related diseases. [d]

~ weight gain – With so many people looking to trim down and shake off those unwanted pounds, there is far less space devoted to those who want to actually gain weight. Dates are high in calories; a kilo of the fruit gives you some 3,000 calories and while we would never recommend getting your daily calorific allowance from the fruit alone, dates are a healthy supplement for anybody looking to put on some weight or to prevent losing too much too fast. [d]

~ Hangover cure – Research tells me that they should be soaked overnight for best results so if you are planning a bit of a night out be prepared. If you are looking for quick relief, then dates are also said to help so grab a few before bed and drink them with a liter of water, the combination of water and dates should help prevent that nasty next morning feeling. (4) [d]

~ Diarrhea – The soluble fiber contained in the fruit helps to absorb fluid and provide bulk to loose stools. They are also a rich source of potassium which is known to remedy diarrhea.

Dates and Pregnancy

In Surah Maryam [19:25], Quran says that when the mother of Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) was giving birth to him and she was experiencing pain, she was told by Allah; “shake the trunk of the palm towards you and fresh, ripe dates will drop down onto you.”

Scientific studies have shown that eating dates are beneficial for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Dates contain certain stimulants which assist in the strengthening of the muscles of the womb which can lead to an easier delivery. The sugar content of dates is about 80% making it an ideal high energy food for nursing mothers. “Dates contain seven vitamins and eleven minerals whose importance as a dietary supplement was appreciated by the desert people who, for thousands of years, ate dates with goat or camel milk as a complete sustenance.” [b]

A study performed by researchers at the University of Science and Technology set out to discover how the date fruit impacted labor parameters and delivery outcomes. After studying 69 women for a year and 1 month, the researchers found that “the consumption of date fruit in the last 4 weeks before labour significantly reduced the need for induction and augmentation of labour, and produced a more favourable, but non-significant, delivery outcome. [c]

One study published in 2011 confirmed that eating dates in the weeks leading up to labor significantly decreased the need for induction while also proving beneficial to the delivery outcome. (1) The researchers concluded that the results were promising enough to recommend further research. [d]

Antioxidant and antibacterial

Dates contain high levels of natural antioxidants. A rough measure of the level of antioxidants in food is their Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity or ORAC. Deglet Noor dates, which can be found in most stores have a USDA Total ORAC value of 3895—similar to Cherries (5).

Dates are also high in anthocyanins—natural flavonoids in vegetables and fruits that make them blue and red. Anthocyanins are 9X more bio-available than other flavonoids (6). Meaning gram for gram you are getting more usable flavonoid benefits from dates.

Dates also contain antibacterial properties. Different species have different antibacterial properties. The Ajwa date from Saudi Arabia, a dark dry date—was found to be antibacterial against Staphylococcus aureus (“Staph”), Serratia marcescens, Bacillus cereus, and Escherichia coli (E. Coli). (7)

Studies also found that chilling the dates for long periods of times (5 and 8 weeks) increased Anthrocyan and Phenolic content. [d]

Free radical Scavengers

Based on in vitro antioxidant and antiinflammatory activities, extracts from all 29 varieties of date fruits showed that it contained components than can act as reducing agents and free radical scavengers in cellular reactions in vivo. Similarly, the inhibition of COX enzymes indicated that the extracts contain compounds that can inhibit the production of inflammation causing hormones such as prostaglandins and thromboxanes by preventing the formation of prostaglandin endoperoxide which then leads to the production of inflammatory intermediates. These results further support the health-benefits of date fruits over and above its nutritional value. The bioassay results also suggest that most varieties of date fruits studied provide similar levels of health benefits. This is the first report on the varietal difference of date fruits with respect to bioactivity and associated health benefits. Results presented in this manuscript are informative to both growers and consumers of date fruits. [e]

[a] http://www.unaniherbal.org/newsletter/june-2014/
[b] https://orbitislam.com/health-benefits-of-dates/
[c] http://britishmuslim-magazine.com/2016/04/17/health-benefits-eating-dates/
[d] https://healthyfocus.org/12-health-benefits-of-dates/
[e] http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1658077X15000442

(1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21280989
(2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11896744
(3) https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-dates.html
(4) http://www.healthambition.com/health-benefits-dates-fruits/
(5) http://www.orac-info-portal.de/download/ORAC_R2.pdf
(6) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22211184
(7) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27023514

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