Although not juicy, the fig is an incredibly luscious fruit, with a delicate aroma and sweet flavour. Originally from Asia, figs are now grown across the Mediterranean and there are hundreds of different varieties, grouped into four main colours: white, green, red and purple/black.
Health Benefits of Fig
Prevent constipation: There are 5 grams of fiber per three-fig serving. So, it helps in healthy bowel function and prevents constipation.
Helps to reduce weight: The fiber in figs also helps to reduce weight and is recommended for obese people.
Lower cholesterol: Figs contain Pectin, a soluble fiber. When fiber goes through the digestive system, it mops up globes of cholesterol and carries them out of body.
Prevent coronary heart disease: Dried figs contain phenol, Omega-3 and Omega-6. These fatty acids reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
Prevent colon cancer: The presence of fiber helps to mop up and usher out cancer causing substances.
Protection against post-menopausal breast cancer: Fiber content in figs give protection against breast cancer.
Good for diabetic patients: The American Diabetes Association recommends figs for a high fiber treat. Fig leaves reduce the amount of insulin needed by diabetic patients who have to take insulin injection. Fig is rich in Potassium. Potassium helps to control blood sugar. Fig leaves have anti-diabetic properties
Prevention of hypertension: People used to take more sodium in the form of salt. Low potassium and high sodium level may lead to hypertension. Figs are high in potassium but low in sodium. So, it helps to avoid hypertension.
Strengthens bones: Figs are rich in Calcium. Calcium helps to strengthen bones.
People having high calcium diet may be affected by increased urinary calcium loss. Potassium content in figs helps to avoid that.
Prevent macular degeneration: Vision loss in older people is due to macular degeneration. Fruits and figs generally are good for avoiding this condition.
Relief for throat: The high mucilage content in figs, helps to heal and protect sore throats.