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Nov 1, 2021

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Last updated on November 9th, 2021 at 05:48 pm

Figs are probably one of my all-time favorites.  They are quite lovely, and sweet and can generally be enjoyed during a small window from July to September.  Dried and fresh figs each as their very own benefits, but both are fantastic for lowering blood pressure, improving bone health, and supporting a healthy digestive system.

What are figs good for?

Blood Pressure
Both fresh and dried figs are a rich source of potassium which is a crucial mineral for smooth functioning muscles and nerves, balancing fluid levels in the body, and regulating heart rate and water balance.  This makes figs an ideal food to consume when dealing with high blood pressure.

Bone Health
Figs are rich in calcium, which is essential for promoting the health and growth of bones.  The high potassium content also helps to reduce the calcium lost through urine – this simply means the body is able to absorb more calcium (make sure you have all your cofactors in place.)

Digestive Health
Figs are such a  great source of fiber.  Ensuring you have enough fiber in your diet (for easy-to-digest sources) is very important for maintaining a healthy and functioning digestive tract.  Having a healthy digestive system will automatically reduce the chances of constipation.

How to get the most from your figs?

Fresh figs.  Fresh figs are slightly lower in sugar content than dried figs.  They are also much higher in beta-carotene, which can be converted to vitamin A when optimal conditions in the body are in place.
Dried figs.  Dried figs are available all year round.  Dried figs contain more fiber, protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus.  Dried figs are also a great source of pectin (a form of soluble fiber) which is great for reducing blood sugar levels.

What about the colors?

Purple figs are a great source of fiber, which helps promote regularity and therefore reduce the risk of bowel cancer.
Green figs just like purple figs, green figs are also a rich source of fiber but are also rich in calcium, potassium, and other trace elements.


Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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