Dates are one of the most energy rich fruits, they are also one of the most sugar rich fruits.
They contain B group vitamins particularly B1, B2, niacin and B6 which function to facilitate the utilization of sugars by the body's cells.
Dates are among the richest of all fruits in minerals, among those present are potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcuim are prominent. The trace elements copper, manganese and zinc are also present in significant quantities.
Dates have been traditionally used to relieve excessively dry cough and to fight bronchial colds. They are also useful in cases of fatigue or weakness at any age.
They are beneficial to adolescents, young athletes, pregnant and lactating women because of their richness in sugars, vitamins, and minerals (including iron).