Fresh and dried figs (Anjeer) are known for their potential health benefits and rich fiber content. They are rich in various beneficial nutrients like vitamins (A, B1, B2), minerals (Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium and Manganese) and soluble fiber. Fresh figs are seasonal fruits that are found in Western parts of Asia, but dried figs are available almost everywhere. They can be added in your diet in various forms as a figs salad, pies and cakes. Here are top 10 health benefits you can derive from figs.
1. Lowers Cholesterol
The soluble fibers present in figs helps in lowering the level of blood cholesterol.Fiber cleans the excess clumps of cholesterol in the digestive system and carries them to the excretory system and flush them out of the body.
2. Protects against post-menopausal breast cancer
Menopause can result in hormonal imbalance in women which can in turn effect the immune system and thus affecting the body’s ability to fight off free radicals. Free radicals are considered as a prime factor behind cancer development. Adding fig to your diet can be really beneficial as it will provide defense against free radical and onset of breast cancer.
3. Helps in Managing diabetes
Fiber content in figs reduces the amount of outside insulin needed by diabetic patients and promotes functional control of diabetes. Potassium in figs helps in regulating the amount of sugar absorbed into the body after meals and ensuring less frequency of blood sugar spikes and falls. Fresh figs due to their high fiber content are better for management of diabetes than dried figs (dried figs are high in sugar).
4. Prevents Hypertension
Being rich in potassium and low in sodium, figs are a perfect fruit for lowering the blood pressure. High intakes of sodium can lead to potassium deficiency and this imbalance between potassium and sodium results in hypertension
5. Promotes Bone Health
Figs are rich in calcium, which is responsible for strengthening bones and reducing the risk of osteoporosis. Phosphorus in figs helps in the formation of bones and reduces the risk of bone damage or degradation by spurring regrowth.
6.Regulates the content of calcium in urine
Figs are rich in potassium which counteract the urinary excretion of calcium caused by high salt diet. People who take high sodium diet are prone to increase calcium loss during urination. Potassium avoids this condition by minimizing the loss of calcium content in urine and increasing the release of uric acid and other harmful toxins out of the body.
7. Provides relief from sore throat
Figs have a soothing effect on sore throat due to its high mucilage content. They are also effective on treating respiratory disorders like asthma and whopping cough and even fever and ear aches.
8. Lowers risk of coronary heart disease
Dried figs are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are vital for promoting a healthy heart. These fatty acids not only reduces the level of triglycerides but also inhibits the production of excess triglycerides. High level of triglycerides are considered as one of the factors responsible for developing coronary heart disease.
9. Helps in Weight Loss
Adding figs to the diet can be a healthy way of reducing weight. Due to its high fiber content it is recommended for obese people who are planning to shed weight. Due to its high calorie count, one needs to remember not to overeat it or have it with milk, as it can result in weight gain.
10. Provides relief from chronic constipation
Figs acts as a natural laxative because of its high fiber content which adds bulk to the bowel movements and thus promotes healthy and regular bowel function and prevents constipation. It not helps in preventing constipation but also prevents diarrhea and irregular bowel movements. Three figs contains about 5gms of fiber content.
Note: Over consumption of figs is bad for health.