here is nothing like the delicious taste of fresh figs, and while they are not available all year round, you can get dried figs throughout the year.
This fruit is native to the Middle East and Mediterranean and mentions in the Bible. There are different varieties of fig which vary in color and texture, but they are all rich in dietary fiber, minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and are a good source of vitamins A, B, E and K.
However, figs are rich in sugar and has a high glycemic index. Therefore, to enjoy the benefits of figs, it is recommended to eat them along with foods that have low glycemic index, such as walnuts, almonds or vegetables. Eating them together allows the fig (and the sugar) to be absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream.
Fresh or dried, figs have been used in traditional medicine to relieve toothache, treat digestive problems, as a natural laxative, get rid of toxins, improve canker sores and even strengthen the nails. The Greeks also believed that figs increase male potency, and recommended it for their athletes.
Uses of figs as a natural remedy:
1. It is recommended for people who suffer from iron deficiency (anemia) to add figs to their diet, as figs are good source of iron
2. Figs are recommended for people who suffer from digestive problems, as they improve the digestive system, and used as a natural laxative due to their high fiber content. Increasing your fiber intake is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health. It is recommended to soak dried figs in water for several hours, and then drink the water and eat the fruit. You can more natural laxatives in my previous article about the best natural laxatives for constipation.
3. Figs are used to get rid of toxins, and are considered as one of the foods with the most alkaline pH, and therefore they balance the acidic conditions resulting from consuming a diet rich in meat and processed foods (read more about these 5 things to avoid if you want to get your body alkaline and how to balance your pH).
4. Figs, especially dry figs, are rich in calcium which is one of the most important components in strengthening bones and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. You can read more about these 4 steps to prevent osteoporosis.