Dates have long been known as a fruit that is rich in nutrients and has many health benefits. Not only are they delicious, but dates can also be a good friend for women who are undergoing a pregnancy program.
The nutritional content in dates can provide good support for the health of pregnant women and fetal development.
Dates for pregnancy programs
A study using date palm pollen as reported by Fertilemind discusses the benefits of dates for fertility.
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Date palm pollen was used by the early Egyptians and Chinese as a ‘rejuvenating’ medicinal ingredient. DPP and male palm flowers are also considered an aphrodisiac and have been used in the Middle East for the treatment of male infertility and to support female fertility.
Unfortunately, most of the research on date pollen has been conducted on animals, but two clinical trials show that it markedly increases sperm count and motility, increases sexual desire, and other hormones in infertile men.
Recent research in 2021 shows significant improvements in sperm quality at a genetic level which is very exciting! The participants were given 400 mg/kg date pollen capsules every day for 30 consecutive days.
“We found that consuming date palm pollen in infertile men significantly improved semen quality including sperm count, semen volume, morphology and sperm motility.”
Date seeds have also been linked to increased testosterone in animal studies.
One of the limitations of this research is that the research only lasted for one month and one complete spermatogenesis cycle was 86 days. The authors recommend considering a three-month treatment period for better results.
The benefits of dates for female fertility
Most of the research on dates and female infertility has been conducted on animal studies. A study showed that there was a significant improvement in hormonal regulation, oocyte strengthening, and pregnancy in female mice.
Hopefully in the future there will be more trials on humans regarding the benefits of date products to support reproductive health.
9 good date recipes for pregnancy
So that you don’t easily get bored of eating dates every day, you can try varying the way you eat dates with various interesting recipes, Mother. Here are 9 date recipes that are good for consumption during the pregnancy program and their benefits.
1. Date and almond smoothie
This smoothie is not only delicious, but also rich in folic acid, vitamin E, and fiber which is good for pregnant women. Combine dates, almonds, yogurt and almond milk in a blender. Enjoy this smoothie as a healthy snack between main meals to provide additional energy.
2. Dates filled with nuts
Dates stuffed with nuts are a good snack for pregnant women and mothers who are trying to get pregnant. Nuts contain folic acid and protein which are important for fetal development. Choose nuts like almonds, walnuts, or cashews, and stuff them into the dates. Arrange these dates on a plate and enjoy as a healthy snack.
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3. Kurma in perfect yogurt
A parfait made from layers of dates and yogurt is a healthy and delicious breakfast option. Yogurt provides calcium which is important for fetal bone development, while dates provide natural sweetness and additional nutrition.
4. Date and oatmeal cookies
Make oatmeal cookies by adding chopped dates to the mixture. Oatmeal provides fiber that is good for digestion, while dates add natural sweetness. These cookies can be used as a healthy and nutritious snack during pregnancy or after pregnancy.
5. Date fruit salad
Make a fruit salad with added dates for a unique flavor combination. Cut the dates into small pieces and mix them with other fruits such as apples, pears and grapes. Add a little honey to give it a natural sweet taste.
6. Date and bean salad
Combine dates with various types of nuts in a refreshing salad. Nuts provide protein and folic acid, while dates provide energy and sweetness. Add dressing with olive oil and a little lemon juice for a fresher taste.
7. Dates and grilled cheese
Bake dates with slices of cheese for a delicious and nutritious snack. Cheese provides calcium and protein, while dates add natural sweetness. Bake briefly until the cheese melts, and enjoy as a healthy snack.
8. Dates and sweet rice porridge
Add chopped dates to sweet rice porridge to get delicious and nutritious porridge. Rice provides energy, while dates add natural sweetness and additional nutrition.
9. Date and banana smoothie bowl
Make a smoothie bowl with a mixture of dates, banana and yogurt. Add pieces of other fruit and granola for an interesting texture. This smoothie bowl is not only delicious but also rich in nutrients that are good for pregnant women.
Benefits of consuming dates during pregnancy
Of course, dates have many benefits for mothers who are trying to get pregnant. Here are some of them:
Source of Energy: Dates contain natural sugars that provide additional energy, which is very important during pregnancy preparation. Folic Acid: The folic acid in dates supports the development of fetal cells and prevents abnormalities in the nervous system. Fiber: The fiber in dates helps overcome digestive problems that mothers often experience, such as constipation. Iron: Dates contain iron, which is important for preventing anemia in pregnant women. Calcium: The calcium in dates supports the development of fetal bones and teeth. Antioxidants: Dates contain antioxidants that can help fight free radicals and support general health during pregnancy. Blood Pressure Regulation: The potassium in dates helps regulate blood pressure, which is important during pregnancy.
By incorporating dates into your daily menu during your pregnancy program, you can ensure adequate nutritional intake to support your own health and prepare for fetal development.
Always consult a doctor or nutritionist before changing your diet to ensure safety and optimal health.
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