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Here's why men should be eating more dates (khajur)

Can date fruits or khajur improve your libido and therefore your sex life?

Dates are the tastiest of all dry fruits and are relished all throughout the year in India. Chock-a-block with nutrients, these dried fruits are usually eaten for energy. That's why it's customary among Muslims to break the Ramzan fast with dates. Since fasting deprives your body of strength, eating calorie-dense dates help boost your energy. But apparently, dates are capable of revving up more than just your energy levels. Science says that date fruits can even crank up your libido, improve your sperm quality and save your marriage. Research has proved what traditional wisdom has been saying all along. The fruits boost your sex life by increasing your libido and improving your sexual performance.

So what makes the date fruit so spectacular when it comes to treating a waning libido? The traditional system of medicine was known to use date palm pollen an antidote to male infertility. So a group of researchers decided to check whether there was any truth to the claims made by holistic medicine.

An experimental study led by Bahmanpour et al. in 2006 found out that dates did impact sperm and the reproductive system of adult male rats on whom the test was conducted. They noticed that consumption of dates greatly improved the count, the motility and DNA quality of the rat's sperm. It also increased the weights of the testis and epididymis. The credit goes to estradiol and flavonoid components in the dates, that seem to have a positive effect on the quality of the sperm. Did you know that these foods can improve men's sex life?

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Dates are best-consumed whole. However, they could also be used in milkshakes or ground into smoothies. In India, dates are used in a wide variety of cuisine. A tart chutney made out of dates and tamarind is commonly used to flavour chaats. The flesh of the fruit is also used to make sugar-free sweetmeats and its syrup is sometimes used as a sugar substitute.

Date syrups are widely available in the market but they could be very high in sugar. People with disorders like diabetes need to be wary about consuming these fruits. Although dates are a nutritious fruit, it's always better to consult a nutritionist or your doctor before you gorge on them.

Reference:

Bahmanpour, S., Talaei, T., Vojdani, Z., Panjehshahin, M. R., Poostpasand, A., Zareei, S., & Ghaeminia, M. (2015). Effect of Phoenix dactylifera pollen on sperm parameters and reproductive system of adult male rats. Iranian Journal of medical sciences, 31(4).

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