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Food as Medicine: 10+ Scientifically Proven Medicinal Properties of Medjool Dates

Scientific studies have confirmed that food is medicine; and, the food you welcome in your sanctuary has the power to heal or harm. In this article, we'll be discussing the healing power of medjool dates.


 

Medjool dates hold many medicinal properties including being filled with anti-wrinkle, antiparasitic, anti-inflammatory and even anticancer capabilities. Medjool dates have been proven to boost your cognition, support your microbiome, elevate your mood, boost energy + more.


Below you'll find the ultimate guide to the medicinal properties of medjool dates and the scientific studies that prove you can use food as medicine. Keep reading to find the complete nutritional facts for medjool dates like you've never seen them before.

 

Nutritional content for Medjool dates was sourced from USDA SR-21. Each "0" indicates incomplete or missing data.

 



Medjool Dates are Mother Nature's Medicine

What if we shifted the stories we told ourselves about medjool dates? What if instead of viewing dates as strange items you only see in Instagram smoothies, we wake up to the reality that Medjool dates are one of the many gifts Mother Nature has given us to heal ourselves from all of the damage caused by really great marketing campaigns?


For as long as I can remember, the idea of using food as medicine has fascinated me! Once I found PubMed, Research Gate, University of Oregon, Harvard University + the British Medical Journal searchable databases, a significant chunk of my ‘me time’ has gone to learning how to navigate the largest, most effective pharmacy in the world that is accessible to everyone, even those on food stamps.


Inclusion matters; which is why, I want to shift the public paradigm that believes holistic healing is a luxury only available for the rich or famous to something that literally everyone deserves.


Read on to find the studies for 10+ different scientifically proven medicinal properties of medjool dates. I'll offer a brief bio for each & encourage you to click the links to read further. Below the PubMed articles you’ll find synapses of all of the vitamins, minerals and electrolytes present in medjool dates along with how your body uses those vitamins, minerals and electrolytes.


I stopped her due to time; however, if you are interested in learning more, I encourage you to check the research engines for more information on the medicinal properties of medjool dates.



The Science Behind the Medicinal Properties of Medjool Dates

1 Anti-Parasitic - Did you know that medjool dates kill parasites? The thought of bugs crawling around inside me that aren’t supposed to be there makes my skin crawl. Looks like daily medjool dates are going to stay a thing for me. You should try them, you’ll like them.


2 Liver Support - Medjool dates have also been shown to support your liver. Your liver is the second largest detox organ of your body & it can use all the support it can get so that you can keep going. A healthy liver means an energized human.


3 Anti Cancer - Cancer is such a fear for so many of us, with all of us being impacted by it one way or another. When I married into a family riddled with it, I began researching + implementing the foods proven to prevent, combat and beat cancer as staples in our diet.


Turns out that it’s really true - the antidote is always found in nature. A rule in our house is that every smoothie must contain both a medjool date + broccoli due to their anticancer properties.


4 Antiwrinkle - Foods that prevent wrinkles? Shut up! Headed to the pantry to make sure I still have loads of medjool dates to toss in my smoothies & snack on when my sweet tooth monster tries to make an appearance.


5 Vascular Health - Medjool dates have shown promise when it comes to maintaining and supporting vascular health. Good vascular health is just as if not more important that regular oil change you take your car in for. It’s ok to take better care of your body than your car.


6 Diabetic Support - Remember when we were growing up and the consensus was that fruit was off limits if you were diabetic? Turns out that a bunch of fruits are actually great for combating or regulating diabetes, medjool dates being one of them - yes, Girl!


7 Anti Inflammatory - Did you know that medjool dates are good at reducing inflammation? What about, did you know that inflammation is the root of all disease? Girl, get on those medjool dates!


8 Microbiome Support - Your microbiome is the center of your health + longevity. It takes as little as 1 meal to throw it out of balance. Medjool dates are the fuel the probiotics in your gut need to process through everything you’re trying to digest and keep you functioning like the well oiled machine you are meant to be.


9 Improved Cognitive Performance - We hear so often that cognition + memory decline are just a part of the aging process; but, they don’t have to be! Medjool dates have actually been shown to boost cognitive performance.


10 Mood Elevation [serotonin production] - Depression has been a pandemic that emerged from the pandemic + just seemed to linger on. Low serotonin levels make depression worse; so, if you or someone you love is depressed, grab a box of medjool dates the next time you’re at Costco, Trader Joe’s for your local crunchy store. The medjool dates are usually very dry + not very flavorful from other stores. One of my favorite snacks is medjool dates with natural peanut butter or almond butter.


Bonus Promotes Natural Labor - The one thing every woman starts to feel in their third trimester is like that pregnancyis going to last through eternity.


I don’t think trying to induce labor at home is a good idea; but, medjool dates have been shown to help promote your body into going into labor easier.

If you’re still in that stage of life, give them a try. And don’t worry, you are safe to eat medjool dates through your wholepregnancy.


Bonus 2 Energizing - Surprise! All those vitamins & synergistic sugar present in medjool dates boosts your energy levels. Next time you’re feeling a mid afternoon slump + want to grab sugar or caffeine, try medjool dates instead; then, take note of how you feel throughout the rest of the afternoon.


 

Vitamin, Mineral + Electrolyte Content of Medjool Dates

VITAMINS

Beta Carotene [A]: Your body needs beta carotene to create Vitamin A, which it uses for vision + eye health, immune system support and maintain healthy skin + mucous membranes, cellular communication, reproduction and growth.


Low beta carotene levels have been linked to vision loss, blindness, complications of heart, lungs, skin, tissues and immune system, bitot spots, keratinization of the eyes, xerosis and thickening of the conductive and corneas.


Thiamine [B1]: Your body needs thiamine to help generate energy from the other nutrients you consume. Your cells require thiamine for growth, development and function, electrolyte balance, immune system support, stress support, nervous system support and prevents complications in the brain, muscles, heart, intestines and stomach.


Low thiamine levels have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, heart failure, depression, irritability, poor memory, loss of appetite, abdominal discomfort, weight loss, fatigue and sleep disturbances.


Riboflavin [B2]: Your body needs Riboflavin to convert Pyroxidine [B6] and Folate [B9] into forms it can use. Your body also uses Riboflavin to fight free radicals and reduce some of the damage they cause, maintaining energy and breaking down macronutrients.


Low riboflavin has been linked to endocrine abnormalities, skin disorders, hyperemia, edema of the throat, lesions at the corner of the mouth, swollen + cracked lips, hair loss, sore throat, itchy or red eyes, reproductive problems, degeneration of the nervous system and liver.


Niacin [B3]: Your body needs Niacin for conversion of food into energy. Your body also utilizes Niacin for the health of your nervous, digestive and dermal systems. Niacin also helps metabolize proteins, fats and carbohydrates. One study found that niacin enhances demyelination of an aging nervous system and rejuvenates microglia + macrophage.


Low niacin levels have been linked to fatigue, pellagra, aggression, suicidal behaviors, canker sores, poor circulation, vomiting, depression, indigestion, apathy, fatigue, sun rashes, rough appearance to the skin, bright red tongue, headaches, constipation and diarrhea.


Pantothenic Acid [B5]: Your body uses pantothenic acid to regulate cholesterol, conversion of carbohydrates into glucose, , nervous system function, maintain healthy hair, skin + eyes, aid in skin care + wound healing and combat rheumatoid arthritis.


Low B5 is associated with headache, fatigue, depression, insomnia, irritability, fatigue, vomiting, stomach pains, burning feet and upper respiratory infections.


Pyridoxine [B6]: Your body uses pyridoxine in brain development and keeping both the immune + nervous systems healthy. Pyridoxine has been shown to reduce the signs of depression, reduce Alzheimer’s risk, help with PMS, anemiaand cognition.


Low pyridoxine las been linked to numbness in the hands and feet, dermatitis, a tongue that is sore or red, cracks in the corners of the mouth, confusion, depression, irritability, crankiness, morning sickness, anemic, low energy, rashes, brain fog, cancer, weakening immune response and seizures.


Folate [B9]: Your body uses folate to metabolize protein and form both DNA + RNA. We are most familiar with folate’s role in neural tube disorders when the mother does not consume enough Folate during her pregestational and gestational phases.


Low folate levels have been linked to dizziness, unstable gait, poor memory, proximal weakness, tingling or numbness in the extremities, chronic headache, early tiredness, forgetfulness, distal weakness and anemia.


Choline: Your body uses choline to regulate muscle control, mood, memory and many other functions controlled by your brain and nervous system.


Low choline levels have been linked to fatty liver disease, liver and muscle damage, anxiety and depression.


Phylloquinone [K]: Your body uses vitamin K to build the proteins required for building bones and clotting blood. Vitamin K is also required to regulate blood calcium levels, prevent coronary heart disease, combat cancer and use insulin more effectively.


Low vitamin K levels have been linked to chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, dementia, cognitive impairment, osteoporosis, mobility disability & frailty.



ELECTROLYTES

Calcium: Your body uses calcium for blood clotting, acid balance, muscle contraction, nerve impulse + function, intracellular contraction, regulation of heart rhythm, vasodilation, vascular contraction, building strong bones and maintaining a healthy fat to muscle mass ratio.


Low calcium levels have been linked to hypoparathyroidism, muscle aches, cramps or spasms, pain in extremities when moving, numbness and tingling in the extremities, convulsions, arrhythmia, confusion, memory loss, depression, hallucinations and weak or brittle nails.


Chloride: Your body uses chloride for proper fluid balance, absorption + transportation of nutrients, blood pressure regulation, nerve signal transmission and muscle contraction or relaxation. It also is an essential part of stomach acid. It's hard to find information on chloride levels in most foods; although, we do know that it is present in most plant foods in levels that mirror or almost mirror sodium levels.


Low chloride levels have been linked to fluid loss, food refusal, dehydration, fatigue, weakness, difficulty breathing, chronic heart failure, vomiting and diarrhea.


Magnesium: Your body needs magnesium for over 300 biochemical reactions including but not limited to muscle + nerve function, immune system support, heartbeat regulation, balancing blood glucose levels and it aids in the production of protein + ADP [energy]. Magnesium also helps with sleep.


Low magnesium levels have been linked to muscle cramps, nystagmus, refractory hypokalemia, refractory hypocalcaemia, eclampsia, cardiac arrhythmias, fatigue, sleep disorders, poor appetite, vomiting, nausea, seizures, abnormal heart rate and numbness or tingling in the skin.


Potassium: Your body needs potassium to maintain normal blood pressure, help muscles contract, regulate nerve signalsand maintain normal levels of fluids within your cells. Contrary to marketing, bananas are not the best source of potassium.


Low potassium levels have been linked to psychosis, depression, constipation, muscle weakness, fatigue, high blood pressure, polyuria, muscle paralysis, breathing issues, irregular heart rhythms.


Sodium: Your body uses sodium to create nerve impulses, contract or relax muscles, and maintain a proper balance of minerals and fluids.


Low sodium levels have been linked to headaches, confusion, drowsiness, lethargy, restlessness, irritability, seizures, coma, disorientation and osmotic demyelination syndrome.



MINERALS

Boron: Your body uses Boron for vitamin and mineral metabolism, wound healing, increasing magnesium absorption, preventing and combating certain cancers, raising antioxidant levels, improving neural communication within the brain, improving cognitive performance + short term memory. Boron also has been shown to positively impacts the body’s use of testosterone, estrogen and Vitamin D.


Low boron levels have been linked to reduced mental alertness, impairment of executive brain function, elevated calcium and magnesium excretion, reduced calcium and vitamin D levels.


Copper: Your body uses copper in the production of red blood cells, formation of collagen. Copper is utilized in the health maintenance of nerve cells and your immune system.


Low copper levels have been linked to Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, anemia, low body temperature, bone fractures, osteoporosis, low white blood cell counts, thyroid problems, loss of skin pigment and irregular heartbeat.


Iron: Your body needs iron to make both hemoglobin and myoglobin. Both proteins perform the function of transporting oxygen from the lung to all tissues of the body and the muscles. DNA synthesis, electron transport and several hormones also require iron.


Low iron has been linked to headaches, dizziness, cold hands and feet, extreme fatigue, pale skin, weakness, chest pain, shortness of breath, brittle nails, inflamed or sore tongue, chills, weakness, restless legs, pica and bruising.


Manganese: Your body uses manganese along with certain enzymes to metabolize amino acids, cholesterol, and carbohydrates. Manganese is also essential for bone formation, reactive oxygen formation, reproduction, immune responses, sex hormone production, blot clotting, and hemostasis. Your body also requires manganese for calcium absorption, carbohydrate metabolism and blood sugar regulation.


Low Manganese levels have been linked to skin rashes, hair depigmentation, decreased serum cholesterol, demineralization of the bones, poor fertility, short stature, low muscle tone, dystonia [tremors], deafness, intellectual disability, strabismus [inability to align the eyes] developmental delay, altered mood and increased premenstrual pain in women and increased alkaline phosphatase activity in men.


Phosphorus: Your body uses phosphorus for the production of both DNA + RNA as well as the growth, maintenance and repair of all body tissues and cells - especially bones + teeth. Phosphorus also helps with the balance of Vitamin D, Iodine, Magnesium and Zinc. Phosphorus helps maintain PH levels in your body + is required for proper muscle function.


Low phosphorus levels have been linked to anxiety, bone pain, frail bones, loss of appetite, fatigue, stiff joints, irritability, fatigue, weakness, numbness, irregular breathing, stupor, coma and death.


Zinc: Your body utilizes zinc to support 100 enzymes and chemical reactions. Your body also uses zinc for the creation of DNA, healing damaged heart tissue, building proteins, growing new cells and supporting your immune system.


Low zinc levels have been linked to diarrhea, irritability, loss of appetite, hair loss, infections, eye problems, inflammation, gastrointestinal + cutaneous issues and pallor.


 

Shanni's Favorite Medjool Date Recipes

Now that you can clearly see how amazing Mother Nature's medicine is, are you ready to try it? Click here to access some of my favorite Medjool date recipes. I'll update the list each time I add a new recipe to the blog; so, be sure to check back regularly if you need help with ideas to take advantage of the medicinal properties of Medjool dates.


And remember, as you search for the best diet to lose weight quickly and then sustain it - the antidote is found in nature. When you eat real food instead of food-like substances, your hormones will balance out which will make it easy for you to lose 20, 50, 70 or 100 pounds effortlessly. This year as you think, ‘New year, new you,’ associate that thought with a focus on fueling your body with the micronutrients it needs to keep you energized, functional and sleeping well.



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