WE all love fruits don’t we? Sweet, sour, juicy, colorful, delightful and of course tasty and delicious.
Let’s take a look at the fruits mentioned in the Quran, and find out their benefits.
“He causes to grow for you thereby the crops, olives, palm trees, grapevines, and from all the fruits. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.” [Surah an-Nahl:11]
Olives are best known in the Eastern Mediterranean region, although they are now available throughout the world, and have been mentioned seven times in the Quran.
Olives possess a monounsaturated fat called oleic acid, which has been linked to preventing heart disease. The oil of olives is where this oleic acid is located, and it is responsible for lowering blood pressure, which reduces the chances of cardiovascular complications and general stress on the system.
Phenolic compounds like hydroxytyrosol act as anticoagulants to thin the blood, which reduces the chances of blood clots developing and dangerously blocking the flow of blood. Aside from that, the same phenolic compound also eases blood vessel tension and dilates the blood vessels, which reduces the strain on the heart and increases blood flow around the body in a healthy way.
Olives contain significant amounts of antioxidants which protect cell membranes against diseases like cancer.
Olives help to reduce inflammation throughout the body after eating them, which includes a reduction in pain and irritation in the joints, muscles, injuries, tendons.
Olives eliminate excess cholesterol in the blood, due to the presence of Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) in them.
Oleuropein, that valuable chemical component of olives, also functions as an antimicrobial and antibacterial booster in the body. Eating plenty of olives increases the presence of this chemical, which defends against bacterial infections throughout the body, both internally and externally.
Olives are a great source of vitamin E, which is a major factor in protecting our skin. Olives are a great protection against anaemia, as they rich in iron and copper.
Linoleic acid present in olive oil is especially useful for breastfeeding mothers. Since it contributes to the natural development of the infant’s brain and nervous system before and after birth.
Olives also prevents bone loss and osteoporosis. Presence of hydroxytyrosol, as well as oleuropein, results in increased calcium deposition and bone growth, leading to a distinct drop in osteoporosis.
“Or you have a garden of palm trees and grapes and make rivers gush forth within them in force?” [Surah Israa:91]
This popular fruit’s history goes back as far as 8,000 years, when grape vines were first cultivated in what is now the Middle East. Grapes are endless in variety — from red, green and purple grapes to seedless grapes, grape jelly, grape jam, grape juice and raisins.
Grapes can be used to treat asthma. The hydrating power of grapes is also high, which increases the moisture present in the lungs and reduces asthmatic events. Grapes are very effective in overcoming and eliminating constipation.
They are classified as a laxative food, because they contain organic acid, sugar and cellulose.
Light and white grape juice supplements the iron content in the body and prevents fatigue. Anemia is a real problem for many people, and eating grapes can help keep your iron and mineral levels balanced in the body.
The plentiful amount of iron and sugar contained within each grape also fosters blood production and acts as a natural medicine for liver, kidney, and digestive system diseases. They stimulate the kidneys and help them excrete such waste matters as urea.
Grapes are a wonderful source of micronutrients like copper, iron, and manganese, all of which are important in the formation and strength of the bones.
Grapes increase the nitric oxide levels in the blood, which prevents blood clots. Therefore, grapes are an effective way to reduce the chances of heart attacks.
Grapes are high in antioxidants important for eye health such as lutein and zeaxanthin.
Ripe grape juice is an important home remedy for curing migraines. Grapes play an important role in dyspepsia. They relieve heat and cure indigestion and irritation in the stomach
Grapes increases the secretion of milk, hence nursing mothers are advised to drink grape juice.
“And it is He who sends down rain from the sky and We produce thereby the growth of all things. we produce from it greenery from which We produce grains arranged in layers. And from the palm trees of its emerging fruit are clusters hanging low. And gardens of grapevines and olives and pomegranates, similar yet varied. Look at its fruit when it yields and its ripening. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe.” [Surah An’am: 99]
Pomegranate peel, bark and leaves are used to calm disorders of the stomach or the diarrhea caused by any kind of digestive problems.
Regular intake of pomegranate juice can maintain good flow of the blood, because of this property, it subsequently decreases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Pomegranates contain high levels of antioxidants called flavonoids. These flavonoids are known to be effective in counteracting various cancer radials.
One of the best benefits of pomegranates is that their juice, along with its antibacterial and antiviral properties, helps to reduce the effects of dental plaque and protects against various oral diseases.
Pomegranates are used medicinally for diarrhea, earache, bad vision, fevers. They maintain the body’s potassium-sodium balance, and help the nervous and muscular senses to function regularly.
Pomegranates revive tired muscles and enable them to move easily, and also strengthen the heart.
“And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates.” [Surah Maryam: 25]
The date fruit is one of the sweetest fruits around and also happens to come in many different varieties. Although dates can be eaten fresh, the fruit is very often dried, resembling raisins or plums.
Dates are a rich source of protein, dietary fiber and rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3 and B5 along with vitamin A1 and C.
It helps improve the digestive system as it contains soluble and insoluble fibers and different kinds of amino acids.
Dates are great energy boosters as they contain natural sugars like glucose, sucrose and fructose.
Dates are rich in potassium and low in sodium. This helps regulate a healthy nervous system and studies have shown that it reduces the risk of stroke and other heart related diseases.
A date has high iron content and is very useful in treating anemia.
It helps people suffering from constipation. It also is said to help in curing abdominal cancer. The best thing is that it does not have any side effect on the body and is completely natural as well as it works better than medicine.
It also helps in improving eyesight and helps in curing night blindness as well.
The significant amounts of minerals found in dates make it a super food for strengthening bones and fighting off painful and debilitating diseases like osteoporosis.
Ripe dates contain potassium, which is known as an effective way of controlling diarrhea.
“And (banana) tree is layered (with fruit)” [Surah Waqiah:29]
The banana tree is actually the largest flowering herbaceous plant in the world, and although many different varieties exist, they almost all are elongated, slightly curved fruits with a fleshy outer peel that can be easily removed to expose white to yellow flesh.
Bananas are useful for weight loss as one banana only has approximately 90 calories. It contains a lot of fiber as well and is easy to digest.
Bananas decrease blood pressure and are used to treat allergies. While helping weight loss, bananas can also be useful for weight gain.
Bananas contain significant amounts of dietary fiber and therefore help in smooth bowel movements and relieve constipation.
Bananas are used to treat anemia, are instrumental in developing cells and muscles, maintain the body’s fluid balance.
Cooked banana flowers help in providing relief from painful and excessive bleeding during the menstrual cycle as well as other menstrual disorders.
Bananas have polyphenolic, antioxidant compounds that positively impact kidney function and the accumulation of toxins, while also stimulating proper functioning of kidneys.
“By the fig and the olive” [Surah Teen : 1]
Considered exotic in some areas of the world, figs are sweet and juicy when ripe. Pollinated by a tiny wasp, fig trees never blossom because the flowers are on the inside, producing dozens and sometimes hundreds of miniscule seeds that give figs their unique, crunchy texture.
Dried figs are an excellent source of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. There are 5 grams of fiber in every three-fig serving. This high concentration of fiber helps promote healthy, regular bowel function and prevents constipation.
The fiber in figs also helps to reduce weight and is often recommended for obese people
Figs contain Pectin, which is a soluble fiber, which in turn helps in lowering cholesterol. Dried figs contain phenol, Omega-3 and Omega-6. These fatty acids reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
The presence of fiber helps to stimulate the elimination of free radicals and other cancer causing substances, particularly in the colon, since fiber increases the healthy movement of the bowels.
Figs act as a high fiber treat that helps promote functional control of diabetes. Fig leaves reduce the amount of insulin needed by diabetic patients who have to regularly take insulin injections.
Fig leaf tea has been popularly prescribed for various respiratory conditions like bronchitis, and it is also used as a way to prevent and lessen the symptoms of asthmatic patients.
The high mucilage content in figs helps to heal and protect sore throats. The soothing nature of figs and their natural juices can relieve pain and stress on the vocal chords.