Health & FitnessLifestyle 22.06.2020

Benefits of figs!

BY Hira Zahid

Figs are available in dried form throughout year. But this time of year is the time when you can have them fresh. Right from the fields or trees in your backyards. To say that figs are loaded with health benefits is an understatement because how beyond number health benefits these sweet treats have!

I’m going to share a little list of health benefits of figs here:

Figs are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps to control blood pressure.

The leaves of the fig have repeatedly been shown to have antidiabetic properties and can actually reduce the amount of insulin needed by persons with diabetes who require insulin injections.

Figs are a good source of dietary fiber, have a positive effect on Weight management and Cholesterol reduction.

In animal studies, fig leaves have been shown to lower levels of triglycerides (a form in which fats circulate in the bloodstream), while in some studies, fig leaves inhibited the growth of certain types of cancer cells.

Fruit and Cereal Fiber, which is found in Figs, protective against Postmenopausal Breast Cancer

Figs are considered to be a great fertility and sexual supplement. They are rich in minerals that are required to produce the sex hormones, androgen and estrogen

Figs’ provide protection against Macular Degeneration hence protect our eye sight.

Figs are a good source of many enriching vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals that helps with your circulation.

Vitamin K is a natural blood thickener. Dried and raw figs are high in vitamin K. If you take blood-thinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin), it’s important to keep your vitamin K intake consistent from day to day.

Dry figs are the best to treat piles. They soften the stools, reducing the pressure on the rectum.

Figs clear obstructions in the liver, thereby enhancing its health.

Figs moisturize the mucous membrane and drain the phlegm, thereby relieving asthma symptoms. They also contain phytochemical compounds that fight the free radicals, which otherwise trigger asthma.

Figs contain high mucilage that heals and protects against sore throat. These fruits are soothing to the throat, and their natural juices relieve pain and stress in the vocal chords.

Figs are a popular ingredient in many shampoos, conditioners, and hair masques. The fruit is believed to strengthen and moisturize hair, and promote hair growth.

You can apply a fig directly on the skin to bring down various forms of skin inflammation like boils and abscess. A study found that the latex of the fig tree exhibited antiwart activity. This could be due to the proteolytic activity of the latex enzymes.

All the more reasons to enjoy this priceless fruit in fresh and dried form. Include it in your diet and cherish all these incredible health benefits.

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