Health Benefits of Figs(Anjeer)


OVERVIEW

Did you know that Figs were one of the first edible plants humans cultivated? In ancient times, it was a popular food source for the Romans, also commonly known as the food of paradise; different holy books mention the fruit.

Scholars have noted that the prophet once said, if he were to bring one fruit to heaven, it would be the humble fig.

The bible also states fig is the tree of knowledge about good and evil.

Reports tell that figs were the first fruit that adam and eve ate in the garden of Eden. And after gaining the insides, they used the tree’s leaves to cover their bodies.

People used latex, leaves, roots, and plant barks for medicinal purposes in ancient times.

Figs have the most eminent mineral and fiber content than any other fruits or nuts, and it provides 6% of our daily value of calcium and iron and 7% of our daily value of potassium, 

This superfood consists of an incredible amount of vitamins and minerals like:-Vitamin A, K, B, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Iron, Copper, Zinc & Manganese.

Nutritional Benefits of Figs.

1. Figs for Weight Management:-

– According to American clinical research, a fiber-rich diet can help manage excess weight; just a handful of dried figs can provide around 20% of our daily value.

Hence if you are amongst the weight watchers, include figs in your daily diet as they are rich in dietary fiber. It keeps you satiated for a longer duration, reducing your junk cravings.

Figs are also very good for our digestive system, reducing the risk of cancer and type 2 diabetes.

2. Figs for Skin:- 

Figs contain antioxidants and vitamin c known to lighten skin tone and reduce pigmentation and scars.

It also contains polyphenols. (Polyphenols are antioxidants that protect the human body from oxidative stress, resulting from pollution, stress, alcohol, smoke, etc.

Figs are alkaline and hence play a significant role in converting the stomach gases from acidic to alkaline.

People with stomach disorders may add a soaked fig daily to their diet as it balances the ph levels in the body. Studies have also found that figs may treat skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

 

3. Figs for hair:-

Iron deficiency is a significant cause of hair loss, especially in young women, due to heavy blood loss during menstruation or pregnancy.

Iron is an essential element in the body as it carries oxygen from the blood to other body parts. Hence it’s important to include iron-rich foods to boost hair growth and provide good circulation to the scalp.

Figs contain an incredible amount of iron, potassium, magnesium, Vitamin A, and E, responsible for promoting long and beautiful tresses.

You may also include other iron-rich foods like pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, beans, lentils, clams, shellfish, and green leafy vegetables.

 4. Figs for Diabetes:-

Figs are incredibly high in fiber, due to which the sugar in them is released slowly and gradually in the body.

Hence, it does not spike the insulin levels of a diabetic person. However, It’s best to consume fresh fig fruit as they are low in calorie and sugar content.

Figs may also help lower the body’s cholesterol if consumed in moderation, as one fig(whether fresh or dried) may contain 5-9 grams of carbohydrate and 3-9 grams of sugar.

Moderation is the key to reaping the beautiful benefits of this super fruit.

Storage:-

  • Usually, fresh figs are available between June to September. However, dried figs are available year-round. That gives us more reason to enjoy this superfood any time of the year.
  • Fresh Ripe figs should be refrigerated and consumed within 48 hours. Alternatively, dried figs can be kept in refrigeration for longer shelf life or stored in an air-tight container to protect their nutrients.

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