Dates health benefits

It is known for a long time that dates are excellent natural sweeteners that can replace unhealthy sweets. A recent research of British universities Cardiff Metropolitan also showed that dates are extremely effective in the fight against various bacterial infections.

Dates are a rich source of carbohydrates, vitamin B6, calcium,dates copper, manganese and magnesium. Dates are excellent natural sweetener that can be added to sweets, or used to replace unhealthy sweets.

Scientists from the British Cardiff Metropolitan University have discovered that dates are also antibacterial, they are proven to be effective in the fight against many bacteria, including the so-called golden staphylococci (Staphylococcus aureus) and E coli.

Hajer Taleb a scientist tested in the laboratory the operation of the dates, imported from the city of Basra in different colonies of bacteria. He prepared a syrup from dates, which has shown to contain numerous phenolic compounds that naturally occur when maturation of the fruit. Phenolic compounds, which could be also found in grapes are known as an excellent antioxidant, but Taleb discovered that dates act also antibacterial.

Taleb tested the impact of dates syrup on Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus spp. and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Four hours after the syrup was mixed with the bacteria, the bacteria did no longer duplicate.

Taleb repeated the experiment with syrup deprived of phenolic compounds and he noticed that he did not managed to stop the reproduction of bacteria. Conclusion was that phenolic compounds of date are those which have antibacterial effects.

The results of the research were presented at the annual conference of microbiologists in the UK. A team of experts from British universities considers that, on the basis of this knowledge of Dates syrup, could be used as a natural disinfectant and could be even more effective than honey.