What are the benefits of figs?
Fig is a fruit growing on the ficus tree (Ficus Carica). Ficus caria is one of the mulberry family plants. Although figs, which have been loved and consumed for centuries, are produced quite frequently in the world, they are mostly produced in Turkey. According to FAO data, 1,057,000 tons of figs were produced in the world and 280,000 tons of this were grown in our country’s soil. It is grown especially in the Aegean Region in our country, and figs are grown at the highest rate in Aydın.
As with every vegetable and fruit, it is important to consume figs in season. While dried figs can be reached continuously throughout the year, we have to wait in August and September for fresh figs.
It comes to the forefront not only with its fig taste but also with figs’ benefits to human health. As it contains dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, the calorie of medium figs is only 35-40 calories. Figs, which have serious health benefits, contain sodium, potassium, magnesium minerals, and vitamins C, B3, B6, B2, K and are also a good source of fiber. In this article, we will examine the health benefits, damages of figs, and the situations in which it is necessary to be careful in consumption.
Some vitamins and minerals contained in figs:
- Vitamin A
- C vitamin
- Vitamin K
- B vitamins
What are the benefits of figs?
1) Figs contain high levels of protein, vitamins, and minerals. With this feature, it provides cell renewal.
2) Contains high levels of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and B vitamins. When 100 grams of dried figs are eaten, 17% of the daily requirement of the body is met by 17% of calcium, 30% of iron and magnesium, 20% of phosphorus, 5% of vitamin B1, and 4% of vitamin B2.
3) Figs benefits blood pressure. It is rich in potassium, which plays an important role in regulating blood pressure. People who do not regularly consume vegetables and fruits and who consume foods high in processed sodium may experience potassium deficiency, which can lead to hypertension.
4) It provides weight control and is used in the treatment of obesity. Fiber and fiber-rich foods have a positive effect on weight control. Figs are also rich in dietary fiber. There is an average of 1 gram of dietary fiber in 1 medium fig, which meets 6% of the amount of fiber we need daily. At the same time, thanks to figs, your need for dessert is also met, so you don’t consume objectionable foods or consume less. With these features, if fig portion control is done, it can be used in weight loss and protection programs in your weight management.
5) It protects the body from some harmful bacteria. Figs facilitate digestion with the fibers it contains, and thanks to this feature, it plays a role in protecting your body from harmful bacteria.
6) It positively affects bone and dental health. Thanks to the high phosphorus and calcium it contains, it is good for bones and teeth. Calcium in figs is more easily digested than other foods, so people who cannot drink milk are recommended to consume figs.
7) Protects from cancer. The substance called benzaldehyde found in figs prevents the growth of cancerous cells, and the antioxidants contained in it also have an inhibitory effect on the growth of cancer cells.
8) It has a laxative effect. Specially prepared with dried figs, the infusion is a purgative that can be used in children without fear. The preparation is as follows: 2-3 dried figs are chopped and boiled water is added and infused for 10-15 minutes. It is recommended to drink 2-3 glasses a day.
9) It prevents the formation of warts. The milk in the young fig leaves is effective against warts. To achieve this effect, the milk from the fresh fig leaf is rubbed on the wart. When done regularly, the wart will disappear.
10) Prevents boils from maturing and hemorrhoids. The decoction is prepared with dried fig leaves. This decoction works against hemorrhoids (hemorrhoids) and boils.
The preparation of the decoction is as follows: Young fig leaves are dried in an airy and sunless place, then the leaves are crumbled. 2 or 3 teaspoons of dried fig leaves are boiled in a glass of water for 30 minutes and the cloth soaked with detoxication water prepared in this way is wrapped in hemorrhoid or boil. Drink 2-3 glasses of this decoction against hemorrhoids during the day.
11) Studies have shown that it prevents the occurrence of breast cancer after menopause. In a study conducted with 52,823 women who had been in menopause for about 8 years, it was found that those who included fibrous fruits in their diet had a 34% lower risk of developing breast cancer than others. The high fiber content of not only fruits but also grains shows that they also have a reducing effect on the risk of developing cancer.
12) Figs benefits are a storehouse of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals: Especially dark-colored fresh figs; It contains many antioxidant components such as carotene, lutein, tannin, and vitamins that are beneficial to our health such as A, E, and K. Thanks to its rich antioxidant, mineral and vitamin content, it protects the body from harmful components and at the same time ensures that our immune system is strong.
13) Balances insulin release. It balances insulin secretion since it contains high levels of potassium and magnesium. Thanks to this feature, patients with diabetes can also consume figs.
14) It protects heart health. It protects the blood pressure balance with the presence of potassium minerals and thus positively affects the health of the heart.
15) Cleans the body.
Thanks to the antioxidants it contains, the fig plays an active role in cleansing the blood and intestines and at the same time creates resistance against eye and respiratory diseases that may occur in adult individuals.
16) It is good for stomach ailments. Thanks to its high fiber content, it has a positive effect on the stomach. Studies have shown that it is good for stomach ailments such as ulcers, reflux, and gastritis.
17) It is good for skin diseases. The antioxidants contained in Figs also have positive effects on skin health.
When people with acne problems mash the fig and apply it to their face for 20 minutes, their skin will be cleansed.
18) It nourishes the hair. With magnesium and vitamin C, fig nourishes hair and hair follicles and gives the hair a natural look.
19) It has positive effects on osteoporosis, eczema, psoriasis, and diabetes. It has been observed that if consumed in appropriate portions, it is good for diabetes by eliminating the fiber and sweet cravings in its content.
20) It is good for constipation. The high fiber content of fig cleans the intestines and is good for constipation.
21) It lowers blood pressure. Those with high blood pressure are recommended to add figs to their diet.
Is there any harm to figs?
Allergy and negative drug interactions against figs are seen at low rates. For this reason, you can add it to your diet in moderation without worrying.
Situations Needing Attention:
According to a study conducted in 2010, it was predicted that individuals who are allergic to rubber or birch pollen may also have an allergic reaction to figs. Since fig is a product of the mulberry family, your body may have an allergic reaction to fruits such as mulberry, orange, and sugary apple in the mulberry family.
Dried and raw fig is a fruit rich in vitamin K. Vitamin K has a natural blood-thickening effect. If you are taking medications that have blood-thinning effects, such as warfarin (Coumadin), you should monitor your vitamin K consumption daily.
While fig has a natural laxative effect, this feature has a positive effect in the treatment of constipation, while excessive fig consumption may cause diarrhea. If you go to the toilet frequently after consuming figs, you should cut your consumption.
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