Dates are gaining popularity worldwide day-by-day, owing to their pleasant taste and multiple health benefits. Ajwa is a kind of date which is cultivated in Madina (Saudi Arabia) and is considered as the finest type among all other dates. Significance of this fruit has been acknowledged by many scientific researches, which prove its enormous health benefits. Studies reveal that Ajwa dates are highly effective in maintaining heart’s rhythm, removing blockages from blood vessels and combating high blood pressure. Ajwa dates have all the essential vitamins and other nutrients along with Magnesium, Potassium, 15 types of salts and minerals, 14 types of fatty acids, 23 types of amino acids and large concentration of fibre.
1. Ajwa dates for cardiac health
Heart attack is becoming increasingly commonplace these days. Regular consumption of Ajwa dates prevents constriction of blood vessels, strengthens the heart as well as improves cardiac functioning. Here’s a recipe: Take 250 ml of skimmed milk and mix cooked oats. Then add ¼ tsp cinnamon powder and 7 Ajwa dates. Let it cook in low flame for 5 minutes. Eat this dish during breakfast. Interestingly, as per an authentic narration (Hadith in Abu Dawood), Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) advised a physician to give Ajwa dates with its seeds in the form of a paste to one of his companions who was suffering from cardiac problem.
2. Ajwa dates for Diabetes
People who are suffering from Diabetes should make a habit of taking 3 Ajwa dates in the morning and 4 pieces in the evening. This will not only help provide strength and energy but also keep you safe from the complications that arise out of Diabetes. Remember: Do not forget to continue taking your prescribed diabetic medicines. While people below 50 years of age should keep Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS) below 110 mg/dl and Post Prandial Blood Sugar (PPBS) under 150 mg/dl, people aged above 50 years should keep FBS below 120 mg/dl and PPBS under 180 mg/dl.
3. Ajwa dates for vigour and vitality
Taking Ajwa Dates with milk on a regular basis prevents from sexual debilities. It also helps increase sperm count and motility. Since it is a natural aphrodisiac, both husband and wife should have 1 glass of lukewarm milk with 10 filaments of saffron and 7 Ajwa dates mixed with it at night.
4. Ajwa dates for immunity
Ajwa dates serve as an excellent source of antioxidants. Selenium and other vital nutrients present in it prevent cancer. While weakened immunity is a cause for various ailments, hyperactive immunity on the other hand leads to autoimmune disorders. Regularly consuming Ajwa dates aids the body to correct the functioning of immune system.
5. Ajwa Dates for anxiety and depression
Consumption of Ajwa dates on a regular basis is found to be highly effective in combating anxiety and depression. Moreover, according to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Ajwa Dates are highly beneficial in treating vertigo and madness (Hadith in Bukhari, Muslim, Ibn e Maja, Jazbul Quloob). Take 250 ml of skimmed milk and add 5 pieces of small cardamom along with 7 Ajwa dates. Let it cook in medium flame for 5 minutes. Take this mixture at bedtime for a period of 3 months.
By Khalid Md. Saifullah
Editor-in-Chief, Health Companion
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