Certain protective compounds in dates help protect the brain. A study published in 2016 found that dates may have therapeutic potential against cognitive decline.
For example, dates might reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a health condition that adversely affects the ability to do daily tasks, memory, and thinking skills. Research has found that inflammation in the brain is a major cause of Alzheimer’s disease.
Over time, oxidative stress might lead to chronic inflammation. In the 2016 study, the researchers noted that dates help reduce oxidative stress that leads to inflammation in the brain.