A study, published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, states that date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) can promote fertility in men. The researchers of the study have found that date palm pollen increases sperm count and motility in men.
Pollens are the male reproductive cells of palm flowers. They have been used by men and women in ancient times as a dietary supplement. In particular, date palm pollen served as an aphrodisiac and fertility enhancer. People in Iran and Arab countries use date palm pollen to enhance male fertility.
The researchers from Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran conducted the study. The researchers looked at the phytochemistry and pharmacological activities of date palm pollen. Moreover, they evaluated its effect on disorders relating to fertility.
The research team evaluated the beneficial effects of date palm pollen in humans via clinical trials. They also conducted the experimental studies assessing the reproductive effects of date palm pollen.
The researchers attribute the effects of date palm pollen to the compounds present in it. These compounds include,
- Amino acids
- Fatty acids
Phytochemical studies report that sterol derivatives, flavonoids, and different amino acids, in the date palm pollen, cause these pharmacological activities.
The research concluded that date palm pollen,
- Increases sperm count
- Enhances motility of the sperms
- Improves sperm quality
- Reduces chemical-induced toxicity on the male reproductive system
In addition, some studies suggest that date palm pollen has beneficial effects on the female reproductive system as well. Keeping the impact of date palm pollen on the reproductive health of both men and women, the researchers encourage more and more studies to confirm these benefits.
Apart from this, the fruit of the date palm tree offers various other health benefits. These include,
Dates are a natural pack of nutrients. They contain vitamins and minerals, such as protein, potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron, and vitamin B6. However, they are high in calories as well just like other dried fruits such as raisins and figs.
Along with a high-calorie content, dates also contain high amounts of fiber. Thus, they are beneficial for the digestive health of individuals. Fiber averts constipation and supports regular bowel movements. Moreover, the fiber in dates regulates the blood sugar levels, slows digestion, preventing blood sugar spikes after eating.
Dates contain rich amounts of antioxidants e.g. flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acid. Antioxidants protect the cells against harmful free radicals. These radicals in increased amount can cause diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Dates are good for your brain. Eating dates promote a healthy brain, reducing inflammation and preventing plaque formation within the brain. This is crucial for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
Dates may promote and ease natural labor. Studies show that consuming dates during the last few weeks of pregnancy eases natural labor for pregnant women.
Date palm fruit isn’t only a delicious but a versatile addition to your diet. Dates include different varieties but are typically small in size and range from bright red to bright yellow in color. All of them are easily chewable, sweet in taste, and have smooth skin. However, dried dates have wrinkled skin. They are often consumed with other foods like almonds, nut butter, or soft cheese.