Dates aren’t the most attractive fruit, but they certainly are sweet and nutritious. Studies show that this amazing fruit has approximately over a dozen beneficial ways of helping your body heal, and they are shown to prevent and/or help treat about 40 different health conditions (1). And as it turns out, dates are also one of the best foods for heart health.
Dates For Heart Health
The health benefits of dates start with your body’s most vital organ.
1. Prevent Atherosclerosis
Israeli researchers discovered that eating dates once a day can protect you from developing atherosclerosis, a major cause of heart attacks and strokes (2). Atherosclerosis is a hardening of the arteries caused by high cholesterol (3).
Researchers of the study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, showed that eating 3.75 ounces of dates daily for just four weeks can decrease your triglyceride (fats) levels 15 percent while also reducing the amount of oxidation of fats in your blood by as much as 33 percent, all without raising your blood sugar levels.
2. Lower Blood Pressure
A Harvard Medical School study also says that dates are one of the foods that can help to lower blood pressure.
“Rigorous trials show that eating strategies such as the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet, DASH variants like the OmniHeart diet, and Mediterranean-type diets reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension (high blood pressure) and those headed in that direction.”
They recommend eating 8 servings (about a half pound) of dates a week (4).
3. Prevent Stroke
Dates are also a good source of potassium, which researchers know is linked to heart health. In particular, Medjool dates provide 20 percent of your recommended daily intake (RDI) of potassium per 100 gram serving (5).