Figs grow on the ficus tree (Ficus carica) and are native to the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Fig trees are known to be the first trees ever to be cultivated. Currently, California ranks third in the world in fig production after Turkey and Greece.
Nutrients in Figs:
Figs - both fresh and dried - are an extremely good source of natural sugars, minerals, vitamins and fiber. They contain good levels of potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and vitamin B3.
- Figs are Good for Diabetic Patients
Many studies have shown that fig leaves have anti-diabetic properties, and that they reduce the amount of insulin needed by diabetics. Figs are rich in Potassium, too, which helps in controlling blood sugar.
- Figs for Blood PressureThe Potassium in figs also helps to control blood pressure, thus helps in avoiding hypertension.
- Figs are Good for Preventing Heart DiseaseFigs contain phenol, Omega-3 and Omega-8, which can help reduce heart disease. Studies have also shown the ability of fig leaves to lower the levels of triglycerides. Triglycerides are the major form of fat that the body produces and stores, and high levels of triglycerides can be linked to heart disease.
- Figs as a Laxative
Due to the high levels of fiber, figs promote a healthy bowel function. Syrup of figs is a well-known gentle laxative.
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