The dark brown, almost black, Ajwa date hails from the Al-Madinah al-Munawarah region in Saudi Arabia’s west, and are known for their softness, dryness, and high price on the Kingdom’s date market.
The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) also mentioned the benefits of the Ajwa, saying they prevent certain diseases. Ajwa dates contain many flavonoid glycosides, which have antioxidant properties.
Research from King Saud University into the health benefits of the famous Ajwa dates from Medina shows the fruit has anti-inflammatory properties similar to commercially available drugs like ibuprofen and aspirin. The research, published in the 61st issue of the US-based Journal for Agriculture and Food Chemistry, also shows that Ajwa dates contain active elements useful in the prevention of diseases like cancer. The study found that their inhibition rate is equal to existing commercial antioxidant products available in the market. Ajwa dates were also found to have a cyclooxygenase inhibitory effect that is similar to commercial anti-inflammatory drugs like Aspirin, ibuprofen, Celebrex and naproxen. Beyond the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, the sugars in Ajwa dates are only monosaccharaides, making the dates beneficial for people who suffer from type-two diabetes.
Benefits of eating ‘Ajwa dates:-
1. Effective in preventing abdominal cancer.
2- To prevent anaemia.
3- To strengthen the nervous system and increase in energy production.
4- For the treatment of hypertension.
5- For healthy bones.
6- For healthy skin and eyesight.
7- Protecting from pellagra, (a disease which is manifested as dermatitis.)
8- To treat dementia and fatigue.
9- To reduce triglycerides and cholesterol levels (LDL) in the blood.
10- To protect the heart and the circulatory system.
11- For protection against atherosclerosis and heart problems, and for protein metabolism.