Dates have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help relieve pain and ease inflammation in the joints. Dates also help maintain bone strength and reduce the risk of arthritis. To reduce inflammation related to arthritis, massage the affected area with warm date seed oil twice daily. Also, eat a handful of dates daily. Eating dates is an excellent way to obtain a whole bunch of health benefits. Upgrade your desserts by sprinkling chipped dates on sweet dishes, cakes and puddings while making them more appetizing. Choose the dates that appear fleshy and brown. Ensure there is no fake sugar covering. Wash the dates properly before you eat.