The health benefits and uses of Figs
1. Figs are delicious fruits which have been cultivated and grown since ancient times. These have some wonderful health benefits for the human body.
2. The fig plant, known as ‘Ficus Carica’ is native to Western Asia and The Middle East but is now grown all over the world.
3. The fruit is rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and copper. It also contains vitamins A, E and K.
4. These were used by ancient cultures as a stimulant, to improve sexual health in both men and women. The delicious flavour works as an aphrodisiac, and the amino acids aid blood flow to treat erectile dysfunction.
5. Fibre is very important for healthy, balanced digestion. Figs contain lots of this, which prevents constipation and diarrhoea.
6. Many people eat too much salt and this leads to a deficiency of potassium. This can cause high blood pressure (hypertension) Eating healthy fruits and vegetables such as figs helps to boost potassium and therefore lower blood pressure.
7. If you feel tired often and seem to catch a lot of colds, then you may be deficient in iron. Figs are a healthy source of iron, and this helps to deliver oxygen to the cells of the body.
8. Figs can be eaten in fresh or dried form. Often figs are dried to prevent the fruit from rotting during transport.
9. Fig rolls or biscuits are a delicious treat which is made using a filling made from figs. These have been traditionally used for celebrations such as Christmas.
10. Eating figs regularly can be an excellent way to help weight loss. The high amount of fibre within makes you feel satisfied and less likely to overeat.
11. The soluble fibre prevents the plaquing of the arteries. It does this by removing clumps of cholesterol out of the circulatory system.
12. They also contain prebiotics which supports friendly bacteria in the gut and digestive system. This helps your body to process food, absorb more nutrients, and promotes general wellness.
13. Studies have shown that women who consume lots of fibre have less likelihood of getting breast cancer. Fruits richest in fibre such as apples, figs, dates and pears are best for this.
14. Eating three portions of healthy fruits per day has been shown in studies to prevent macular degeneration with age. We recommend blending 2 figs with bananas to make a healthy breakfast smoothie.
15. Fig plants. have been used as a Mediterranean folk medicine for softening calluses, removing warts and deterring parasites. The white sap of the plant is used for these remedies.
16. The calcium and phosphorus within figs work together to keep your bones and teeth strong and healthy. These also naturally reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
17. For a delicious recipe, slice figs into quarters and drizzle over some raw honey. Roast these to produce a caramelized flavour. Serve with cheese for a unique appetizer.
18. Fig jam can also be made using the pulp of the fruit and pectin from apple cores. This is wonderful to serve with unsweetened yoghurt to improve gut health.
19. We recommend purchasing organic figs for the best health benefits, as some fruits are grown using harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Organic fruits are grown using only natural sourced products, which are healthy the body.
20. Leaves from the fig plant also have some wonderful health benefits and are used as natural medicine.