There is a reason for its botanical name which is ‘Phoenix Dactylifera’. Like the phoenix bird which will come back to active life even if reduced to ashes, the dates tree will restore its strength and growth even after being burnt and hence its name as Phoenix dactylifera.
Dates will grow under any tropical weather conditions and complete drought. It contains Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, A1 and C including proteins, fiber content, iron, potassium, phosphorous and sugar. Due to its easy and immediate absorption in the body, it will give adequate strength and energy. It will get digested easily. It is capable of strengthening the bones and muscles and hence it is a preferred fruit for those who fast.
Dates can be powdered and taken with milk for bone strengthening. It will suck bad fat elements in the intestine and save from intestinal cancer. The danines in this fruit helps in improving immunity, arrest infection, oozing of blood and body heat. Since Vitamin A is abundant in this fruit, it will cure eye defects and improve good skin and ensure healthy liver.
The juice of dates will compensate blood loss and increase red corpuscles. One can take 3 dates after an hour of dinner along with a cup of warm water to prevent constipation. Salad will cure acidity and joint problems. Intake of 4 dates daily will keep stomach ache, indigestion and anemia at bay.
The seeds of the dates can be roasted and powdered which can further be added with milk and sugar and can be drunk like coffee. It would be a stimulant. Similarly, the seeds can be removed and the fruits can be put in warm milk for direct consumption. This healthy drink will boost one’s energy. Those who lack calcium can take this drink twice a day to strengthen their nerves and bones. It is a safe and healthy drink for old people.
Women who suffer from irregular menstruation periods will face bone decay problem. They can take 3 pieces of this fruit both in the morning and evening in empty stomach. Most of the women between 45 and 52 years of age will undergo menopause as a result of which they will face a lot of health problems including joint pain for want of calcium. They are advised to take dates with milk so that it will relieve them of the unbearable pain.
The combination of dates with badam in hot milk will cure nervous problems besides improving one’s memory power. This can be taken along with goat’s milk also with a different process. The dates should be soaked in goat’s milk the previous night for drinking with cardamom powder the next morning. If this is followed, it will enable and ensure enhanced sexual urge and satisfaction.
Dates have not spared the expectant mothers and heart patients also. The seedless dates can be soaked in honey and preserved in a transparent bottle for three days. After due soaking, if one takes three dates both in the morning and night it will remove blocks in the blood vessels. In addition to this, if a pregnant woman takes dates regularly, it will help her deliver the baby without any difficulty or abnormal condition.
These dates are highly useful to the people in innumerable ways irrespective of age or gender.
(This article written in Tamil by Maria Belsin has been reproduced in English by P.S.Ramamurthy).