The Almighty Date Fruit
The date palm tree (Phoenix dactylifera) is one of the oldest, if not the oldest, ancient crops. Date palms thrived 50 million years ago and have a cultivating history that date back to 4000 B.C. Although their native distribution is unknown, it is believed that they were brought to Arabia from Lower Mesopotamia (now Iraq) during the beginning of trade for frankincense.
Nutrient-wise, the fruit of the date palm is chock-full of the following compounds:
glucose and fructose
potassium and sodium
EssentiaL fatty acids
oleic and linoleic acid
A, C, E, niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5) and pyridoxine (B6)
copper, magnesium, manganese, calcium, iron and phosphorus
carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin), polyphenols (anthocyanidins, quercetin, tannins) and phenolic acids (gallic, syringic and ferulic)
Their vitamins and phytonutrients exhibit a very high
antioxidant activity that keeps aging at bay and protects the skin
against the damaging effects of UV radiation. They have also
been proven to significantly decrease inflammatory processes. In
scientific studies, dates polyphenols have exhibited a powerful inhibitory
effect on the growth of different strains of bacteria and fungi. Among
them, anthocyanidins proved to be the most effective in controlling
acne. The combined astringent and sebum regulating action of dates
antioxidants and fatty acids further alleviates/prevents acne breakouts.
Dates sugars, fatty acids and vitamin E content serve as the perfect cream for the skin by locking in moisture and softening its surface. Phenolic acids and vitamin C, on the other hand, have been shown to increase levels of natural hyaluronic acid and stimulate collagen synthesis within the skin. The result is firmer/thicker skin with reduced flabbiness and less visible wrinkles. Last, but not least, topical application of dates can help modulate melanin production, thus revealing a more even and luminous complexion. This property is attributed to dates niacin (B3) and vitamin C content.