Monday, June 10, 2013

The Amazing Date... a Fruit for MORE than Just Pregnancy!

Another perfect food for Pregnancy, and everyone!

I discovered a research article about the beneficial effects of eating dates towards end of your pregnancy! I knew NOTHING about dates, and had to do some research, and I have discovered that dates are wonderful little fruits and should be consumed by everyone :)

The date (Phoenix dactylifera) is a sweet tasting fruit which grows on the date palm, originating in the Middle East and African Regions of the world. There are a variety of date palm species and over 14 varieties of date fruits. Dates may be one of the top 10 foods you should eat. You can use them in so many different recipes (sweet potatoes, salads, desserts!) and they have a long shelf life. The list of various fatty acids, minerals, nutrients, animo acids, vitamins, elements... is so long, this fruit is amazing!

Dates are composed of:
  • At least 15 different minerals such as Potassium, Calcium, Fluorine (great for teeth!), Iron, and Zinc
  • 14 types of fatty acids
  • 23 types of amino acids
  • At least 6 vitamins
  • Dietary fiber
  • and more! (Al-Shahib & Marshall, 2003)
I hope it is already clear that dates can be a healthy part of every diet, but now let's look specifically at what dates may be able to do during pregnancy.

A study from the Jordan University of Science and Technology and published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Al-Kuran et al., 2011) found significant effects on certain birth measures after women consumed dates for four weeks prior to delivery. Participants were recruited at 36 weeks of pregnancy and asked to either (1) consume six pieces (60-70g) of date fruit per day (n=69) or (2) consume NO date fruit (n=45) for the last four weeks of their pregnancy (until labor began).

They found statistically significant results for:
  • Cervical dilatation measured at hospital admission was significantly greater in the date-eating mothers (mean = 3.52cm) than the non-date-eating mothers (mean = 2.02cm). The early stage of labor (Latent Phase) may be shorter in women who consume dates than in women who don't.
  • Upon admission at the hospital, 83% of mothers who consumed dates had their membranes still intact and only 28% of these women were given Pitocin in their labor (synthetic Oxytocin); 60% of the non-date-eating mothers had their membranes intact upon admission and 43% were given Pitocin. Having your membranes (amniotic sac) intact upon admission to the hospital helps prevent additional hospital intervention and risks like infection. If your membranes are broken your risk of infection increases with time (and number of vaginal exams) putting you at risk of receiving Pitocin to "speed things up".
  • Spontaneous labor occurred in 96% of the women who ate dates and only 79% of the women who didn't. They didn't explain this more, such as when women were induced if the labor didn't begin spontaneously, but based on their study parameters that enrolled women at 36 weeks gestation with the intention to consume dates for four weeks likely means that their definition of a full-term pregnancy is 40-41 weeks (longer than our current idea of "full-term" from 37-39 weeks). 

Additionally, and I didn't bullet this because the finding wasn't statistically significant, but the cesarean section rate was higher in non-date-eating women (27%) than in the date-eating women (13%) - I think a larger sample size would show this is significant, but it wasn't for this small group...  just more food (or dates) for thought!

In the original article's introduction, the authors state "there is also anecdotal evidence to suggest that date fruit can contribute significantly to a healthy pregnancy by means of preventing anemia, reducing nausea, controlling blood pressure, regulating blood sugar levels, helping restore depleted calcium, expelling toxins, and increasing strength and immune resistance". They cite research by Al-Shahib & Marshall, 2003, the same authors as above, who have researched the components of dates and health benefits from eating them.

The original article also cites research by Khadem et al. (2007) which demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in the amount of postpartum bleeding experienced by women who consumed date fruit compared to women who received synthetic oxytocin (Pitocin). This was a large randomized controlled trial in two hospitals over a six month period. Women either received (1) dates administered orally or (2) an intramuscular injection of synthetic oxytocin. They list a variety of nutritional components from dates that are likely contributing to the beneficial health effects seen from date consumption, nutrients like Tannin, Linoleic acid, and Iron, which can help decrease bleeding and prevent anemia.

In all these studies the women ate 50-70g of dates per day, or right after birth. This is approximately 3-7 dates, depending on size. These studies are very interesting and since they were rather small their results warrant further research. But, since we have long known that what you eat greatly affects your mind and health, why not start eating healthier today!

Be sure to add dates to your shopping list! ...and make a joke to your sweetheart about picking up some dates at the grocery store ;)

~Wisdom and Birth


  1. does anyone know whether this study used dry or fresh dates, and if there is any difference/preference between the two?

    1. Hi Angelina!
      I looked over the studies I cited above and half of them state they used dried dates, the other half do not say. In addition, the resource I used for understanding the nutritional value of dates was completed on dried dates... So dried dates are great and, thus, I would think that fresh would be great too!

    2. Dried dates are the best way, most common and readily available by mail order from the desert in California. Here's an organic company.

  2. Acupuncture is very helpful for women during their pregnancy. Acupuncture is helpful for men in various ways for the duration IVF. Men are supposed to take the right steps for the improvement of the quality of sperm prior to the IVF process.
    facial rejuvenation houston

  3. Surat maryam from the Noble Quran

    23. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a date-palm. She said: "Would that I had died before this, and had been forgotten and out of sight!"

    24. Then [the babe 'Iesa (Jesus) or Jibrael (Gabriel)] cried unto her from below her, saying: "Grieve not! Your Lord has provided a water stream under you;

    25. "And shake the trunk of date-palm towards you, it will let fall fresh ripe-dates upon you."

    where delivery and palm-date where linked together... O Allah...

  4. Acupuncture to treat my silent reflex. you're spot on with the issues regarding taking reflex meds future. Since diet and way changes are not cutting it, i believe i will got to dig up a neighborhood acupuncturist and provides this an attempt.
    acupuncture scottsdale

  5. This is actually a fantastic blogs! More of these details are superb -it is nice to see one that current. dating advice

  6. Acupuncture is an effective form of medical treatment that has evolved into a complete holistic health care system.Practitioners of acupuncture and Chinese medicine have used this noninvasive treatment method to help millions of people become well and stay well.
    acupuncture phoenix

  7. Great Article it its really informative and innovative keep us posted with new updates. its was really valuable. thanks a lot.
    best weight loss pills

  8. Thanks for this post. People who are really concerned about their health may take help from the noni fruit juice. Men may take the Noni for men formula in their regular diet to maintain good health for long as it contains ginseng. They also help in maintaining the normal blood sugar level and blood pressure level.

  9. I'm having a hard time finding answers. Any idea if the TYPE of date matters? Thanks so much!

    1. I'd like to know this too. Deglet? Medjool? Zahidi? Any & all?

  10. yes dates are definitely good for health along with them eat also fruits which benefits you we usually look for better health for hapy living if you are among the group let us read today about health benefits of fruits

  11. I already knew that Dates are a wonderful fruit. After reading this article I want to say that I definitely want to try the Dates. There are many online stores which sell dates. I will order Dates from one of those websites. For now I have ordered Tahitian Noni Juice.


  12. I have not heard about before. Keep sharing more blog posts on this Community and get extra benefits with this ideas and knowledge. Thanks for this one.

  13. Noni is an amazing fruit which can prevent many health issues. Thank you for writing the benefits of drinking Noni juice. I am getting Organic Noni Juice at lesser price from an online store.

  14. what wonderful power do dates have! thanks for this! will help you to understand why fruits are so important to eat!


  15. Thanks for giving lots of tips, And the main beneficiary is the maintenance of our body and brain is always fresh and fast.

    Dr Amit Bang
    Baby Health care tips
    Nutrition palnning classes

  16. I got what you mean , thanks for posting .Woh I am happy to find this website through google.

  17. I have been having dates for quite a long time now. It is very beneficial for bringing the level of haemoglobin up and strengthening the immune system. Keep writing useful articles like this one.

    Best Regards
    Organic Noni Juice

  18. Hi guys,thanks for this inetersting article.If you want to find more about the benefits from
    organic supplements this is the right place for you !

  19. Amazing article i just looking for info about this fruit good news

    majalah kesehatan

  20. Your blog is very useful, I am truly to this blog which is specially design about the Peanuts.
    Great job.

    Peanuts Exporter

  21. I very much fancy this kind of information, i do believe that birth comes with wisdom. This is among the posts i have found to be very unique, interesting and professional. I really wish that more of this kind of information would appear on more pages. People really needs to know about the traits of being parents.
    Essays Proofreading Service

  22. it with your practitioner, these surprising foods are actually on the "okay" list during pregnancy. pregnancy announcement

  23. Hi Dear,

    i Like Your Blog Very Much..I see Daily Your Blog ,is A Very Useful For me.

    You can also find Food & Fruit Delivery, Delivery Near Me In Spain - Delivrt

    Delivrt is no #1 online food & fruit delivery in Spain. Find your delivery near me from any store or restaurant at your doorstep within minutes.

    Visit Now -

  24. Nutrition is now easily available in Hyderabad with LeanSpoon’s healthy, well-balanced food & advice | Lunch Delivered to your Office desk

    order food online

    healthy food

    delicious food

    nutritionist in Hyderabad

    best dietician in Hyderabad

    healthy life food

    simple healthy lifestyle

    for a healthy lifestyle

    For more details visit

  25. Hello guys,
    im just using the product that gives energy thoughout the day while spend time in gym also..
    Guys try it out BSY NONI JUICE

  26. All the representatives have several years at Dell Printer Support Phone Number has the expertise of years in this field thereby providing the best services. We are available 24X7 to give out support to our users. Our team of experts will provide the ideal answer to all your issues.

    Dell printer toll free number | Dell printer technical support

  27. Very helpful post.

    HP brand is best known for its printers. HP makes its printers with high-quality features or products like speed, flexibility, efficiency, and many more qualities. But sometimes it provides some technical error faced by users and you are not able to resolve any issue. In any situation, the user can dial HP Customer Support Number. which is open by 24*7 you can find the best solution for your printers.

    HP Printer Customer Number is the best way to connect HP printer customer support team and discuss you're all HP printer issues within a short time. they are always accessible for 24*7.

    HP Customer Service Number
    HP Technical Support Number
    HP printer Phone Number

  28. Epson printer support is the title that countless customer rely upon around the world. The spot of Epson is Japan, anyway today it may be found in each side of the planet. Notwithstanding how much development has gone, anyway there isn't any perfect equipment was introduced now. Essentially, Epson printer tech support number isn't in reality immaculate, as some little and noteworthy botches spring up out of nowhere.
    Epson Printer Support Phone Number

  29. Yahoo is the third largest mail service and has millions of loyal clients who have been using it for close to two decades. To cater to the various needs of its users Yahoo provides free as well as paid business accounts. Yahoo had been constantly upgrading its interface and added many features for a better user experience. What made matters worse was inability to contact Yahoo support number to troubleshoot the issue.
    Yahoo support number

  30. This comment has been removed by the author.

  31. Dell Printer Support is a team of well experienced experts who takes care of your dell device problems. If face any problem with your device like your device is crashed, device is not working properly, paper jamming or others then contact at Dell Printer Support Phone Number and get instant help.

  32. This comment has been removed by the author.

  33. Acer Support is a team of well experienced experts who takes care of your Acer devices. If you are facing any problem with your Acer device like your device is crashed, device is not working properly or any other problem then contact toll free number of Acer Tech Support and get instant help.

  34. Epson Printer Support is available whole day and night to resolve your printer problems. If you face any problem with your epson printer device like device is not working properly, cable problem, cartage problem, blank screen and others then contact at Epson Printer Support Phone Number and resolve your issue in no time.

  35. HP printer support is active helpline that is available round the clock to resolve Hp printer problems. If you face any problem with your printer like device is not working properly, paper jamming issue, cable wire problem and others then reach experts of HP Printer Support and get instant help.

  36. HP printer support is active helpline that is available round the clock to resolve Hp printer problems. If you face any problem with your printer like device is not working properly, paper jamming issue, cable wire problem and others then reach experts of HP Printers Troubleshooting and get instant help.

  37. We have helped thousands of apple customer by solving their minor technical and service related issues. You can dial this number:18003823046 any time you so desire and form anywhere you are in the country. This is a toll free Apple Support Number so you can talk freely.