Reproductive benefits of date fruit

Date and Health

Date fruit has a high nutritional value that has benefits for health. It has been known the effects of date fruit on the male reproductive system.

Date fruit is often encountered and not only in the Middle East State as a producer of dates. Date fruit contains a very high nutritional value because its components. It is generally consumed during fasting in Ramadan, but now the date fruit can be consumed any time and available in everywhere. Date fruit has very sweet taste and fragrant. This fruit contains a lot of carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Now, date fruit began to be developed for the treatment of various diseases. Some of the benefits of the date fruit have been studied as an anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, nephroprotective, hepatoprotective, anti-oxidants and fertility. Little is known regarding the effect of dates to female reproductive system.

Previously, there has been no study conducted to explore the benefits of date fruit extracts to increase women's reproductive capacity such as the formation of hormones and ovum. However, studies in male rats have been done to show that the dates date fruit can improve the process of spermatogenesis, the concentration of testosterone, FSH and LH and sperm.

Various phytochemical compounds such as genistein, vitamin A and the mineral selenium have been reported to protect of testicular function against a variety of oxidative stress and has gonadotropin activity.

Date fruit extracts contain a variety of components that work as potent antioxidants such as flavonoids, phenolic, vitamin C, E, and A. It can protect the sperm cell membranes against lipid peroxidation, thus decreasing the percentage of dead sperm and maintain normal sperm morphology. Date fruit works as an antioxidant to stop the chain reaction due to oxidative stress. Oxidative stress will produce a pro-oxidant molecules or reactive oxygen species, which can also occur in women. Activity, diet and environmental factors have the potential to give rise to free radicals in women.

This information was taken from: International Journal of Recent Advances in Multidisciplinary Research Vol. 03, Issue 07, pp.1630-1633, July, 2016. If you are interested in reading the full article, you can download it from this link