Why Figs Are Good For Health?
Figs or anjeer are well known fruits in India. In fact, they are one amongst the earliest fruits grown by humans. Their dried version is more widely available because the season of this fruit does not last all year round. Eating a dried fig is a whole new experience if you have eaten only the fresh fruit. Let us move on to the myriad health benefits it has to offer.
1) Helps in improving digestion
Figs have good fibre content. Just 3 pieces of dried figs have 5 g of fibre that accounts for 20% of the recommended daily requirement of fibre. Being a natural laxative, they prevent constipation and other digestive troubles such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
2) Helps in weight loss
Yes, they help in weight loss!! They are rich in fibre and low in calories. One dried fig has 47 calories. The fat content is also quite low just 0.2 g per dried fig. It makes a perfect weight loss snack. It is much better than eating empty calories!
3) Helps prevent hypertension
The level of sodium in the body increases when you eat more salt. The sodium and potassium balance of the body gets disturbed and that leads to hypertension. Fig is the ideal fruit to help restore this balance. A dried fig has 129 mg of potassium and just 2 mg of sodium.
4) Loaded with antioxidants
Dried figs are known to be rich in antioxidants. A study done in this regard suggests that dried figs (anjeer) are loaded with more antioxidants than fresh figs. Antioxidants in dried figs are of superior quality (called phenols) when compared to other fruits that have antioxidant properties due to the presence of vitamin C and E.
5) Prevents heart disease
Due to the presence of loads of antioxidants in dried figs, free radicals are removed that can damage blood vessels and can lead to heart disease. Like said before, it prevents hypertension which is a huge risk factor when it comes to heart disease. Certain studies say that dried figs reduce triglyceride levels, contributing to heart health in a big way!
Here is a pic of dried figs:
6) Helps in preventing cancer
Cellular DNA damage due to free radicals is prevented because of the presence of antioxidants. This prevents cancer.
7) Helps in strengthening bones
Just one fig can provide 3% of the daily calcium need. Along with other calcium rich foods in the diet, you can improve bone strength and density.
8) Helps diabetics
The presence of fibre in figs makes them an ideal food for those who suffer from diabetes. But a word of caution here; dried figs have high sugar content in them. If you are diabetic it would be better to take the advise of your doctor about consuming figs.
9) Cures the deficiency of iron
Those who are anemic can benefit a lot from eating figs as dried figs are a rich iron source. A dried fig can give you 2% of the daily iron requirement. Iron is a major component of ‘hemoglobin’ and it is hemoglobin that carries oxygen to all parts of the body. So, if you need to increase your hemoglobin levels naturally you should definitely be eating dried figs.
10) Good for reproductive health
Ancient Greeks used fig as an aphrodisiac. Figs were associated with fertility. Scientifically speaking, figs improve fertility as they are packed with manganese, magnesium and zinc that are known to boost reproductive health.
Planning to have a few dried figs?
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