Benefits of Dates
The date palm was mentioned more than any other fruit-bearing plant in the Qur’an. Throughout the month of Ramadan, Muslims break their fast with dates.
Dates are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, which give us different health benefits including the promotion of natural labor.
The high soluble fiber content of dates can treat constipation and lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Low LDL in our blood means low risk of heart disease.
- Natural sugars
Dates are high in natural sugars that can boost your energy. It’s a perfect snack pre and post-workout.
Dates also contain some minerals like, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and potassium, which are important for stronger bones, and can fight anemia.
- Natural labor
In Surah Maryam of the Holy Qur’an, Allah provided Prophet Isa’s (peace be upon him) mother Maryam (peace be upon her) with fresh dates when she was experiencing discomfort and pain during the final stages of her pregnancy.
“Shake the trunk of the palm toward you and fresh, ripe dates will drop down onto you.” (Surah Maryam: verse 25).
Some recent studies showed that eating six dates/day in the last four weeks before due date can reduce labor duration and helps with childbirth contractions.