All part of my diet as a child growing up in Iran.

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> *The Surprising Benefits of Dates, Figs and Prunes*Written By: *Linda
> Woolven & Ted *
> <>
> Snider
> <>
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> *Dates, figs and prunes have several things in common. They are all fruits
> we often eat dried. They all likely originate in the Middle East or
> Mediterranean. And they all have surprising secret health benefits Dates *Dates
> have been eaten for over 4,000 years. In the *Qur’an*, *Mary is
> counselled to eat dates*
> <>
> to ease the birth of Jesus. Today, science is giving the same advice.
> Why? What effect does eating dates have on delivery?
> Sixty-nine pregnant women ate six dates a day for four weeks before their
> estimated delivery date. Another group of 45 women ate none. The women who
> ate the dates had significantly greater cervical dilation: 3.52 cm versus
> 2.02 cm. Spontaneous, or natural, labour occurred in 79% of the women who
> ate no dates but in a full 96% of the women who did. The women who ate the
> *dates* <> also needed
> significantly less drugs: 47% of women who did not eat dates had to be
> administered prostin/oxytocin while only 28% of women who ate dates did.
> The women who ate dates also had shorter labours: latent phase of the first
> stage of labour was 906 minutes in the no date group but a significantly
> shorter 510 minutes in the date group.
> * This study
> <>*
> suggests that eating six dates a day during the last four weeks before
> labour encourages easier, faster deliveries.
> And, it’s not the first study to find this benefit for pregnant women. *Other
> studies* <> have also found
> greater cervical dilation from eating dates. And a new controlled *study*
> <>, while not finding that
> dates bring about faster labour, did find that eating dates late in a
> pregnancy “positively affect[s] the outcome of delivery and labour” by
> significantly reducing the need for labour augmentation with drugs
> (oxytocin). The study found that dates produced this important benefit
> without any adverse effect on the mother or the child.
> So, eating six dates a day during the final month of pregnancy could
> safely bring about huge relief for pregnant women.
> *Figs *Though prunes may be the dried fruit famous for treating
> constipation, modern research also supports the *fig*
> <> for this too commonly needed
> relief.
> Our diet and lifestyle are so messed up that chronic * constipation*
> <> has become an
> incredibly common problem. There are a number of effective herbs for
> constipation, but now science adds an easy, tasty solution.
> Forty people suffering from constipation were given figs that had been
> turned into a paste while another forty were given a placebo paste in a
> double-blind *study* <>. You
> could just eat figs, but the study used a fig paste because giving you a
> fig would make using a placebo impossible.
> The people in the study were all experiencing reduced stool frequency,
> hard stools and difficulty passing stools. The paste they were given was
> equal to eating about 3 figs. They ate the fig paste or the placebo paste
> every day for eight weeks.
> The people who got the fig paste improved significantly more. Their
> Transit time went down significantly more: it was reduced from 63 hours to
> 38 hours. Their stools were significantly softer, and they experienced
> significantly less abdominal discomfort than people in the placebo group.
> So, science says that figs are an easy, safe, affordable remedy for the
> common problem of constipation.
> *Dried Plums *You know them as prunes, but the official name is now dried
> plums. Dried plums are best known for relieving constipation, but they have
> been hiding a secret and surprising benefit. Recent research has discovered
> that dried plum is the most beneficial fruit for building bone.
> The *first clue* <> came in
> 2002 when 58 postmenopausal women ate either 100g or dried prunes or 75g of
> dried apples each day for 3 months. Only the prune group had significantly
> increased markers of bone formation (insulin-like growth factor-I and
> bone-specific alkaline phosphatase activity). This study provided the first
> suggestion that eating dried plums could be good for bones in
> postmenopausal women.
> Almost a decade would pass before researchers put that suggestion to the
> test. The new *study* <>
> included 160 * postmenopausal*
> <> women with
> low bone density (* osteopenia*
> <>). The women were given
> either 100g of dried plums or a placebo of dried apple. That’s about 10
> prunes a day. All of the women also took 500mg of calcium and 400IU of *vitamin
> D* <>. At the end of the
> one year study, eating prunes had significantly increased bone mineral
> density compared to apple.
> The effect of the prunes may be even greater than the study suggests
> because it is not totally clear that apple is a true placebo. Apples
> include nutrients, including boron, that are good for bones.
> A more recent *study*
> <>
> set out to see if a lower dose of plums would work just as well. If 100g of
> plums was “highly effective,” how would half as much do? 48 postmenopausal
> women between the ages of 65 and 79 who had osteopenia were given either
> 50g of dried plums, 100g of dried plums or no dried plums. As in the
> earlier study, they each also took 500mg of calcium and 400IU of vitamin D.
> At the end of the 6 month study, both doses of prunes had significantly
> increased bone mineral density. The lower dose was as effective as the
> higher dose, suggesting that 5-6 dried plums a day should be enough to
> build bone.
> So, modern science has revealed secret benefits to these three ancient
> fruits.
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