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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[1]. 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.

Date fruit product

Nutrient-wise, the fruit of the date palm is chock-full of the following compounds[1]:

  • Sugars

    glucose and fructose

  • Electrolytes

    potassium and sodium

  • EssentiaL fatty acids

    oleic and linoleic acid

  • Vitamins

    A, C, E, niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5) and pyridoxine (B6)

  • MINERALS

    copper, magnesium, manganese, calcium, iron and phosphorus

  • Phytonutrients

    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[1]. They have also been proven to significantly decrease inflammatory processes[1]. In scientific studies, dates polyphenols have exhibited a powerful inhibitory effect on the growth of different strains of bacteria and fungi[1]. Among them, anthocyanidins proved to be the most effective in controlling acne[1]. 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[1][2]. 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[1][2]. 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[1][2].

References ​
[1] https://www.jetir.org/papers/JETIR1809251.pdf
[2] https://www.mdpi.com/2079-9284/4/2/13/htm

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