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Medicinal fruit for heart
Dates are ancient super fruits with fleshy texture and can appear in different color, size and taste. Generally dates are quite sweet and yet very healthy fruits.
Dates are rich in vital minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc and sulfur. Dates are also abundant in B vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6 and folate.
For the heart health, dates plays a wonderful role because the are high in heart friendly minerals such as potassium, magnesium, iron and are also rich in antioxidant. Lets take a look why dates are healthy food for the heart.
Magnesium in dates
Magnesium is a type of mineral that is essential for the heart health. Low magnesium in the body can lead to depression, high blood pressure and heart disease. This is because, lower magnesium in the body causes imbalance to heart beat.
The human heart beats with the help of magnesium and calcium. Calcium in the heart muscle cells cause constriction while magnesium counter the action with relaxation. With low magnesium level, the relaxation of the heart muscle can be impaired and this can lead to abnormal heart beat and high blood pressure.
Apart from keeping the heart beat in order, magnesium also helps to relax the blood vessel. As magnesium regulates the heart muscle function, the beat will be balanced and there will be no unnecessary tension in the walls of artery. With this, high blood pressure can be avoided.
Antioxidant prevents heart disease
Antioxidant can prevent heart disease. Let's see what is antioxidant and why this is so important for the blood vessel and the heart health. Before we understand antioxidant, we need to understand what is oxidant then we can better understand the anti oxidant. Oxidants are molecules, for example oxygen, that can react with other molecules such as protein in the body.
When this reaction happens, it can damage the protein molecule and we call this as oxidation. This oxidation will cause inflammation and eventually diseases in our body. It is largely believed that the root cause of many chronic diseases are induced by free radicals that causes oxidation.
During stress for example, the reacting oxygen radicals are high in the body due to high oxygen intake for increasing metabolic process in order to provide more energy demanded by the stress. As a result, more reactive oxygen molecules are created in the body and these molecules are called oxidant and they causes oxidation in the body.