Date seeds or a pit has several amazing medicinal properties. It helps to prevent kidney and liver against toxicity or damage, useful in diabetes, rich in antioxidants, prevent DNA damage and helps to fight various viral infections. Listed below are few of the health benefits of using Date seeds
1. Prevent DNA damage
According to a study, date seeds have shown defensive effect against chemically-induced liver damage and oxidative DNA damage. Date seeds provide protection against the liver intoxication, and this hepato-protective effect might be attributed to the antioxidant and free radical scavenging activities.
2. Useful in treating blood sugar problems
Date seeds are found useful in treating blood sugar related problems, diabetes and its related complications. According to a recent research date seeds have shown potential protective effects against early diabetic complications of both liver and kidney.
3. Antiviral Agents
Date seed act as antiviral agents against various pathogenic human viruses. It can be useful in treatment and prevention of many types of viral infections. Research has shown that date pit extracts show a strong ability to prevent the infectivity of Pseudomonas phage ATCC 14209-B1 and completely prevented bacterial lysis.
4. Prevent kidney and liver damage
Date seeds are rich in proanthocyanidins that actually helps to protect liver and kidney from damage. A study states that proanthocyanidins-rich date seed extract protects against chemically induced kidney and liver toxicity.
Date seeds are rich in antioxidants and have antioxidants and free radical scavenging capabilities. It helps to protect the body against oxidative stress damage. In a recent research, antioxidant potential of date seed protein hydrolysates could be used as a potential functional food ingredient for health promotion. Another research found that Iranian date seeds are strong radical scavengers and can be considered as a good source of natural antioxidants for medicinal and commercial uses.