There have been multiple studies on pregnant woman and how dates effect labor and contractions. Women that consumed dates were 20% more likely to go into natural labor, decreasing the need for induced labor. Studies suggest labor time can potentially be reduced up to 4 hours versus those that didn’t eat dates for the last few weeks. There is more research that needs to be done for more solid results.
Dates have compounds that bind oxytocin receptors and appear to reflect the effects of oxytocin in the body. This hormone is what causes labor contractions during childbirth. Tannins, compounds that have been shown to help facilitate contractions, are a natural source of sugar and calories that are needed to maintain energy levels during childbirth.
Dates make a great substitute for white sugar because of their nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants. You can make a date paste with water and make it as a 1:1 ratio replacement for white sugar. 1 cup sugar to 1 cup date paste.
There are also claims that dates are good for bone health. This is because they contain phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. There are also claims that dates are good for blood sugar control because they have a low glycemic index, fiber, and antioxidants. More studies still need to be conducted to support these claims.
Secret: Dates lower inflammatory markers, such as interleukin 6. High levels are associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as alzheimer’s. It can also reduce activity of amyloid beta proteins.This protein can from plaques in the brain. Dates can increase memory, learning ability, and reduce anxiety-related behaviors