Fig – the Fruit of Heaven

Common Fig (Ficus carica) is an Asian species of flowering plant in the mulberry family. Native to the Middle East and western Asia, it has been sought out and cultivated since ancient times and is now widely grown throughout the world, both for its fruit and as an ornamental plant. The species has become naturalized in scattered locations in Asia and North America. In some old Mediterranean folk practices, the milky sap of the fig plant was used to soften calluses, remove warts, and deter parasites.

Figs are rich in fibers and other essential minerals like manganese, calcium, magnesium, copper, potassium, and vitamins K. And hence, if taken as a part of diet, it is best.

Properties of Fig

  • Antioxidant
  • Anticancer
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Fat-lowering
  • Cell-protective

Benefits of Fig

1. Treats asthma

Figs are very effective in controlling bronchial asthma. They moisturize the mucous membrane and drain the phlegm in the process that gives relief.

It is suggested to consume 2-3 figs after soaking overnight along with fenugreek seeds and honey for effective results.

2. Lowers cholesterol

Dry figs are healthier than fresh ones and it has been proven in the case of cholesterol control too. Dry figs are rich in a soluble fiber called pectin, which is known for reducing cholesterol levels.  It also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that decrease natural cholesterol synthesis.

3. Improves heart health

Regular consumption of gigs helps reduce triglyceride levels in your blood and contribute to improving your heart health.

4. Good for diabetic patients

For diabetic patients, more than fruit, fig leaves are beneficial as they have properties that help regulate your blood glucose levels. It has been proven that the consumption of leaves helps control the rise in blood sugar post a meal.

5. Skin Care

Figs are used to treat a variety of skin issues, such as eczema, vitiligo, and psoriasis. Raw figs may be used to create a nourishing, antioxidant-rich face mask.

6. Hair Care

Fig fruit is believed to strengthen and moisturize hair, and promote hair growth.

7. Constipation

Figs may have a laxative effect in some people. This can help treat constipation.

8. Osteoporosis

Figs are a good source of calcium, which can ward off osteoporosis.

9. Erectile dysfunction

Some people use figs for their alleged aphrodisiac properties.

How to use?

  • Asthma patients

Asthma patients are asked to consume fig fruit after soaking overnight.

  • Diabetics

They can consume the leaves in the form of tea. All you need to do is boil 5-6 figs leaves in water and drink it warm. You can also make a powder of leaves and mix it with water and consume.

  • Skin Care

Simply mash the figs and apply to your face in a circular motion. Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt for additional moisturizing benefits. Leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Don’t use figs on your skin if you’re allergic to latex! 

Side Effects of Fig

  • 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.
  • Eating too many figs may cause loose stools or diarrhea.

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