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Figs are high in fiber which can help reduce weight. High fiber foods provide a feeling of fullness and can reduce hunger and cravings. Figs also contain prebiotics, which help support the pre-existing good bacteria in the gut, improving digestive wellness.
Figs contain a high pectin content which can help lower cholesterol by binding to it and helping to remove it. Pectin is a soluble fiber which helps to rid the body of cholesterol via feces. Figs also have Phyto-sterols which are compounds that are a natural way to help treat high cholesterol and triglyceride levels. More research is being done on how effective figs are in lowering cholesterol.
Adding figs to your diet is a great way to improve the health of your bones. Figs contain calcium, potassium and magnesium. Research has found that figs can improve bone density and decrease the breakdown of bones in the aging process. The potassium found in figs helps to counteract the calcium lost during urination in a high salt diet.
Research has been promising with figs and heart health. Adding figs to your diet may help to lower blood pressure. The fiber lowers the risk of high blood pressure and the potassium found in figs is an aid in maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Also found in figs are omega-3 and omega-6s which help to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
There have been some promising results suggesting that figs can help to prevent macular degeneration which is a leading cause of vision loss in older people. Figs are high in vitamin A which is an antioxidant that improves eye health. Vitamin A protects eyes from free radicals and helps to prevent retinal damage.
Figs are from a genus of the mulberry family. They are indigenous to an area from Asiatic Turkey to northern Indian. Grown as a bush or a small tree, they are grown in most Mediterranean countries.
Dried figs have a sweet taste and a variety of health benefits. Dried figs are rich in vitamins A, B1 and B2. Dried figs also contain manganese, magnesium, copper, iron and potassium.
Domestic fresh figs have two seasons. The first season or “breba” is the first few weeks in June. The second or “new wood” season is usually from August through October.