There is one fruit in the month of Ramadan in Pakistan without which it is not possible to imagine breaking the fast, and that is the fresh medjool date (khajoor). However, dates are not considered a superfood, but they are quite beneficial for health. It is a very healthy fruit that everyone should eat.
The most frequently mentioned fruit in the Quran Kareem is the date. The medjool date is a very sweet and nutritious fruit. It can be eaten by anyone, young or old, at any time.
Eating dates is a Sunnah of the Prophet, but do you know how beneficial it is to eat only three dates a day, even during Ramadan or ordinary days? If not here’s how dates will help in maintaining your health!
Pakistan is the fourth-largest producer of dates in the world. From here, dates are exported to 30 countries of the world. The dried dates of Rajankot and Sukkur in Pakistan’s Sindh province are loved by people all over the world. And also provide fresh medjool dates in Pakistan. If we talk about the date market in Pakistan, there is a date market in every small and big city where dates imported from Saudi Arabia are also sold in large numbers.
The date is said to be a complete source of food and energy. Eating khajoor strengthens the heart. In addition to providing immediate energy to the body, it also sharpens the eyesight and builds immunity in the body. It is very beneficial for colds, flu, sore throat and sneezing. It helps in expelling toxins from the body and controls blood pressure. khajoor are also good for bones and teeth and help reduces the risk of cancer, it makes up for the lack of sugar in the body. Relieves weakness after illness and is very useful for relieving fatigue. It relieves constipation. Beneficial for stomach upset. In Date-palm fruit, the Fresh Medjool Dates variety is regarded as premium quality. In general, Fresh Medjool dates are big in size, sweet in taste, distinctive in color with dark brown and dried table fruit that looks good compared to standard dates. Fresh medjool dates provides full nutrition with milk and if used with honey, its benefit is doubled.
Here are some of the major health benefits of eating dates:
1. Helps To Relieve Anemia
khajoor are an effective source of overcoming untimely food addiction while also increasing iron levels in human body, which helps in eliminating anemia quickly. However, diabetics also need to be careful about the use of khajoor.
2. Improves Bone Health
According to medical experts, dates contain carbon that helps to improve bone health. Another study found that minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium in khajoor strengthen bones and fights against diseases.
3. Improves Digestive System
Bones are high in fiber, which is essential for the proper functioning of the digestive system. The use of fiber prevents constipation while increasing intestinal activity. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that people who are accustomed to eating khajoor on a daily basis have better digestive systems than others.
4. Helps Fight Stress and Depression
Dates also contain vitamin B6, which helps the body make serotonin and norepinephrine, which improves mental health. Serotonin regulates mood while norepinephrine fights stress. One study found that there is a link between low levels of vitamin B6 in the body and depression.
5. Increases Physical Energy
The presence of fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamins and antioxidants makes khajoor the best fruit, while the sugar and glucose in it provide instant energy to the body. According to a research, date not only increases physical energy but also helps in maintaining it.
6. Protection from Heart Disease
One study found that dates reduce triglyceride levels and oxidative stress, both of which are key factors in heart disease, and that potassium in khajoor lowers blood pressure levels, which reduces the risk of stroke, while heart problems are also protected.
7. Reduces the Risk of Cancer
The habit of eating dates protects digestion and reduces the amount of harmful bacteria in the stomach that are at risk of spreading to the intestines. One study found that people who are accustomed to eating khajoor develop beneficial bacteria in their stomachs that prevent cancer cells from spreading in the intestines.
8. Protects From Seasonal Allergies
Millions of people around the world suffer from seasonal allergies, and the good news is that dates provide protection. One study found that khajoor reduce the risk of inflammation in people with seasonal allergies.
9. Weight Loss
Eating dates also helps in weight loss, the fiber in dates keeps the stomach full for a long time while preventing blood glucose from rising. Additionally, the antioxidants present in dates speed up digestion by removing toxins from the body, which speeds up the metabolism.
There are currently 2,000 varieties of dates around the world, of which only 400 are left in Saudi Arabia today. Traditionally, most Muslims break their fast with it. Khajoor are widely grown in the Middle East. There are many types of dates, each with its own unique characteristics. There are some famous khajoor from different countries of the Middle East.
1. Ajwa Khajoor/Khajur
This black colored khajoor is grown in Medina Munawarah. Some people believe that this type of dates also has healing properties. The Ajwa khajoor is a special fruit of Madinah and its trees have been found here since ancient times.
History shows that some Jews came and settled here after seeing the date trees long before the revelation of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). It is narrated in the hadiths. Although some physicians have researched the usefulness and properties of each khajoor medically and found it useful.
2. Sagai Khajoor / Khajur
Sagai Khajoor is well known in world due to its taste and amazing health benefits. There are many types of dates that have their own health benefits, but Sagai Khajoor has its own place. Sagai dates are good for relieving constipation problems. Additionally, these dates are considered good for gastrointestinal health. The aphrodisiac properties of Sagai Khajoor make it a perfect cure for male health related issues such as oligospermia and impotency. It also removes debility from the body and provides strength.
3. Kalmi Khajoor / Khajur
Kalmi Khajoor is a moist, soft type of khajoor from Saudi Arabia. It is mainly cultivated in Madinah Munawarah. Kalmi Khajoor is also known as Safwi khajur, dark brown in color and scrumptiously saccharine in taste. Kalmi khajoor is fully loaded with minerals and vitamins helps in strengthening bones and improve heart health.
Kalma Khajoor is also high in soluble fiber, iron, potassium, manganese, selenium, magnesium and vitamin B5. It is a healthy meal replacement.
4. Mabroom Khajoor/Khajur
Mabroom dates are sticky and delicious in taste. Mabroom Khajoor is of red-bronze skin and a candy-like flavour. This type of khajoor has a smooth and delightful taste, however is much harder than other types of khajoor. It is quite hard to chew. Mabroom khajur contain multiple vitamins, fibers and other minerals which add to a healthy mind and body. Mabroom Khajoor is not dry but very chewy in texture.
5. Amber Khajoor / Khajur
Ambar khajoor is one of the premium quality dates cultivated in Madina. Ambar khajur is a soft an easily chewable dates. They are fleshy dry in texture. It is well-known for its large size. It is amongst the most expensive dates and also comes in king size.
6. Sukri Khajoor / Khajur
The best dates among all the variants are Sukri Khajoor that is also known as the queen of dates. Sukri Dates are small and have golden color. Sukri khajur is rather hard and melt in the mouth. The sweet Sukri dates are full of nutrients and helps in the prevention of different diseases. These dates are originally imported from Saudi Arabia.
7. Khudri Khajoor / Khajur
Khudri Khajoor helps prevent a person from an overeating habit. It also consists of calcium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, manganese, potassium, magnesium, copper, oils, vitamins, folic acid, magnesium, proteins, potassium, sugars, iron, natural vitamins and is enriched with natural fibers that lead to a healthy body and brain.
Khudri Khajoor delivers purely natural sugar in the kind of glucose and fructose which is good for quick absorption and is considered exceptional. Eating Khudri Khajoor has fantastic positive health benefits that can be illustrated as; stops most cancers.