Figs are one of the oldest fruits available. The signify fertility, peace and prosperity. It was first grown in western Asia and then spread to other parts of the world. It came to America in 1520 by the Spaniards. They were then known as California mission figs because they were brought by Spanish priests. It treated a dangerous plague of Hezekiah, a Jewish king. Greek athletes used to eat it to improve performance.
The tree can live for more than 200 years. It is known for thousands of years. It is used to treat fever, boils, sores, tumors, malaria, measles, syphilis and leprosy.
Lose weight and improve your health with figs
Figs have a lot of nutrients. They are rich in, sodium, potassium, pectin substances, organic acids, vitamins A, C, B1, B3, PP, calcium, iron, magnesium proteins, cellulose and phosphorus. They strengthen the immune system and the heart muscles.
Figs also have flavonoids and polyphenols which include gallic acid, syringic acid, catechin, epicatechin, chlorogenic acid, and rutin. Psoralen is a good anti-microbial agent. They have anti-diabetic properties as well.
The health benefits of eating figs
Weight loss: figs have fiber and ficin. They help in metabolizing proteins. It boosts the digestive system and converts food into smaller particles with the help of saliva. Ficin is a good laxative.
Prevents cancer: benzaldehyde, a phytochemical, present in figs fights cancer.
Slows aging: the antioxidants present in it kill free radicals. The anti-oxidants are polyphenols, flavonoids and anthocyanins.
Regulates blood pressure: potassium present in figs regulates hypertension and blood pressure.
Helps the bones: calcium and phosphorous helps with growth of bones and heals damage and decay.
Prevents anemia: the iron present in it produces red blood cells and prevents anemia.
Helps in digestion: the fiber present in it keeps the digestive system healthy.
Eat figs when they are ripe. They have more amounts of anti-oxidants then. They can be stored for up to 3 days in the fridge. Wash before eating. They have no side effects. Children can also be given to treat various ailments like the common cold.
Source: Living Traditionally