Ajwah Dates are the most popular among Muslims today and there are many important reasons why, they are a delightfully soft and fruity, quite dark in color and tend to be a more of dry variety of date from Saudi Arabia, that is actually cultivated in Madinah Munawwara. Ajwa dates are the most famous variety of dates from this region and for very good reasons, as you will see below.
Historical evidence around Arabia and North Africa suggests that dates have been consumed in the area for over 8,000 years.Dates have since been exported to other areas of the world such as Pakistan, India, Italy, South America and even along the western coast of North America.
The taste has been described as moderately sweet and smooth, with a “melt in your mouth” quality to them. However, the taste is not the only benefit you get from Ajwa dates. Ajwa dates are packed with nutrients and can even be thought of as a powerpack of nutrients as it contains a lot of beneficial nutrients and vitamins. Ajwa dates contain protein, carbohydrates, dietary fibre and healthy fats. As far as vitamins, they are literally packed with vitamins A, B6, C, E and K
Here are some of the proven benefits:
Improves Digestive Health, Relieves Constipation – fibre found in Ajwa dates help to clean out the gastrointestinal system, allowing the colon to work at greater levels of efficiency. Ajwa dates, specifically, reduces risks of bowel inflammation, colon cancer, and haemorrhoids.
Boosts Heart Health – In addition to promoting colon health, fibre is also known to boost heart health.
Anti-Inflammatory – Ajwa dates are rich in magnesium – a mineral known for its anti-inflammatory benefits.
Reduced Blood Pressure – Magnesium has been shown to help lower blood pressure.
Reduced Stroke Risk – Researchers found stroke risk was reduced by 9% for every 100 milligrams of magnesium a person consumes per day.
Boosting Brain Health – Some studies found that sufficient vitamin B6 levels are associated with improved brain performance
Bone Health and Strength – The significant amounts of minerals found in Ajwa dates make it a super food for strengthening bones.
Energy Booster – Ajwa dates are high in natural sugars like glucose, fructose, and sucrose. Therefore, they are the perfect snack for an immediate burst of energy. However, the sugars found in Ajwa dates are even more beneficial, especially for those with type 2 diabetes.
The Ajwa date is also specifically mentioned by the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and as such, Muslims take it as having these benefits:
The Messenger (Sallallaahu Álayhi Wasallam) said, “Whoever has seven dates between the two areas (the east and west of Madina) as soon as he wakes up every morning, he will not be harmed on that day by poison and magic until the evening.” Sahih Muslim 2047 (Book 23, Hadith 5080).