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Study Links Consumption of Date Fruit With Easier Labor and Delivery Outcomes Among Pregnant Women

BARD VALLEY, CA, Aug 29, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- A new study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that the consumption of date fruit (Phoenix dactylifera) by pregnant women leads to more favorable labor and delivery outcomes.

The study by the Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan, separated 114 pregnant women into two groups: one that consumed six dates per day for four weeks prior to the estimated date of delivery, and a second group that consumed none.

While the results warrant a randomized controlled trial, the study concluded that the consumption of dates during the last four weeks of pregnancy reduced the need for induced or augmented labor, and produced a more favorable delivery outcome. Specifically, the group of women who consumed the date fruit was found to have:

        
        --  Higher mean cervical dilation (3.52 cm vs. 2.02 cm)
        --  Higher proportion of intact membranes (83% vs. 60%)
        --  Higher rates of spontaneous labor (96% vs. 79%)
        --  Less need for prostin/oxytocin (28% vs. 47%)
        --  Shorter first phases of labor (510 min vs. 906 min)
        
        


Known as the "Fruit of the Kings," caramel-like Medjool dates are widely regarded as the best-tasting, most luscious dates in the world. Medjools are a good source of fiber, contain no added sugar and are high in antioxidants. They also offer important vitamins and minerals, including Potassium, Copper, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Niacin, Calcium, Iron and Vitamin K.

The Bard Valley Medjool Date Growers Association (BVMDGA) is a consortium of family growers in the southwest responsible for 70 percent of the country's Medjool date crop. Natural Delights Bard Valley Medjools is the top Medjool date brand in the U.S.

For a full copy of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology study, as well as high-res art on Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates, including recipes, serving suggestions and nutritional information, go to http://www.facebook.com/MedjoolDates .

About Bard Valley Natural Delights(TM) Medjool Dates Known as the "Fruit of the Kings," caramel-like Natural Delights Medjool Dates are considered the best-tasting, most luscious dates in the world. In addition to being a good source of fiber, they contain no added sugar, are high in antioxidants and offer important vitamins and minerals including Potassium, Copper, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, Niacin, Calcium, Iron and Vitamin. The Bard Valley Medjool Date Growers Association (BVMDGA), a consortium of family growers in the southwest, is responsible for 70 percent of the Medjool dates grown in the U.S. Thanks to their efforts, Natural Delights is the top Medjool date brand in the country. For more information, visit www.naturaldelights.com .

        
        Media Contacts:
        Bob Ochsner
        or Cindy Tullues
        DGWB PR
        (714) 881-2310
        BOchsner@dgwb.com
        
        
        


SOURCE: Bard Valley Natural Delights