Whether fresh or dried, figs are rich with numerous healthy phytonutrients, antioxidants and vitamins. Juicy and sweet fig is one of the first fruit in which our ancient ancestors enjoyed.
Except in their homeland, the Mediterranean, figs are grown in many countries all around the world. The most widespread and most popular of the fig species is the common fig (lat. Ficus carica). This tree gives fruits twice a year. It can give up to hundred fruits of different sizes and colors. Ripe figs have the shape of a bell or a pear, with a juicy meat inside.
The health benefits
Figs have low caloric value (only 74 calories per 100g). In addition they also contain soluble dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins. Fresh figs are valued because of the abundance of antioxidants such as carotenes, tannins, lutein and chlorogenic acid.
In addition, fresh figs contain high amounts of antioxidant vitamins such as the vitamin A, E and K. The antioxidants protect you from free radicals, whose destructive operation can lead to premature aging, dementia, heart disease and cancer.
At the same time, some researches have shown that chlorogenic acid balances blood sugar levels. Figs, and other foods high in fiber, can help you in the weight loss process and in maintaining of the desired weight.
The figs are also rich in compounds with anticancer operation, such as the benzaldehyde and coumarin. The preliminary medical studies have demonstrated the potential impact of these compounds on skin cancers.
Figs can solve the problem that you may have with corns and warts. All you need to do is cut a fresh fig in half and leave it to stay overnight, on the sore spot. In the morning remove the fig, and wash your foot with hot water.
Then try to remove the corns / wart. More severe cases might require up to five-night treatment.
Dried figs – Super-foods
Dried figs are highly concentrated source of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. They have more calories than fresh figs (249 calories per hundred grams). You should know that both, fresh and dried figs contain important amounts of vitamin B, niacin, pyridoxine, folic acid and pantothenate.
These vitamins participate in the digestion of carbohydrates, protein and fat. B-complex is important for the brain function especially for the good mood.
Dried figs are an immense source of minerals, calcium, zinc, potassium, selenium, iron and copper. Iron and copper are necessary for the formation of red blood cells, while potassium is an important part of cell and body fluids and helps you regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
Figs cooked as a tea can help you with brain disorders, inflammation of the throat and the lungs.
Fig Leaves Have Many Medicinal Properties
Fig leaves are widely known for their healing properties. They can be used in the treatment of bronchitis, warts, liver cirrhosis, hypertension, skin problems and sores.
But the news is that the fig leaves are also very good for diabetes. Many people consume a fig leaf juice in the morning, right after waking up, instead of breakfast.
You can also boil the fig leaves in water and drink them as a tea!
For preparing this tea you need to take 2 teaspoons of dried fig leaves and pour a cup (200 ml) of boiling water over them. Cover the pot and leave to stay like that for about 10-15 minutes. Then you need to strain this mixture. As for the consummation, you need to drink a cup of this tea, every morning. This tea will help you in the fight against diabetes.