Benefits of Red Dates as a Food, Tonic, and in Herbal Mixtures

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Red dates, or jujube, are one of the most popular health foods in China. Dried dates are soft on the outside with a sweet smell and moist inside. Chinese people treat red dates  not only as a food, but also as a health tonic and traditional herb. Many traditional herbal formulas include dates, as they are used for balancing one’s qi.  On special occasions, many people in China buy quality dates to give as gifts to their friends and relatives.

How red dates are brewed for tea will determine their effectiveness. Since the skin of red dates is tough, brewing them whole will not completely leach out all the nutrients. Therefore, it’s best to break the dates apart before brewing. They should not be brewed for too long when making tea, as the vitamin C content of the dates will be lost with prolonged exposure to hot water.

1. Red date wine (maintains blood flow)

Red dates soaked in red wine will help to maintain the strong flow of blood through your arteries . During the soaking process, the rich nutrients of the dates will easily dissolve into the wine.

2. Red date soak (liver detoxification)

Dates soaked in water help to nourish the liver and detoxify the body. Drinking red date water every day can increase the body’s serum protein levels, which helps to protect the liver and detoxify the body.

3. Red date porridge (soothes the nerves to help sleep)

Brewing equal amounts of freshly dried lily flowers, lotus seeds, and red dates in water to serve as a tea will help to alleviate stress. The same benefits can be found when dates are cooked with millet.

4. Jujube steamed fungus (eases sunspots or freckles)

Red dates steamed with black fungus can help to maintain your youthfulness and muscle tone. They can even help to reduce facial freckles.

Soak approximately 10 red dates in water for two hours before steaming for an hour. Then soak about 15 grams of black fungus in warm water for at least 15 minutes to rehydrate, then cut them into small pieces. Add the pieces to the dates, and then place the ingredients into a pot with water. Bring the water to a boil and then simmer for half an hour. Add sugar for taste.

5. Red date boiled soup (maintains youthfulness)

Red dates boiled with eggs can also help to maintain your youthfulness. Boil red dates with longan fruit and brown sugar until the dates and longans are soft. Turn the heat down to a simmer and add one egg to the mixture until it is cooked.

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