Health Benefits Of Eating Fig (Anjeer)
Belonging to the family mulberry, figs (Ficus) are available in various colours. They have crunchy seeds with smooth outer skin and fleshy thalamus (interior of the fruit). Generally, figs are consumed in dried form. The suitable times for consuming figs are- early in the morning (on empty stomach), between breakfast and lunch or after a workout session (to reload the lost energy). Figs come with a laundry list of health benefits. Let’s get into some of these.
Also known as ‘natural laxative‘, figs are rich in fibre and contain a good amount of prebiotics. Prebiotics are the non-digestible part of any food that supports the growth of beneficial microbes in the intestine for improving the process of digestion.
Improves cardiovascular (heart) health
Figs are rich in potassium and so, help in controlling the level of blood pressure. They contain soluble fiber (pectin) that prevents the high build-up of cholesterol and triglycerides in the body. The leaves of fig help in lowering the level of triglycerides, thereby lowering the risk of heart stroke and heart attack. Dried figs have phenolic antioxidants, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Such nutrients decrease the risk of coronary heart disease.
Improves bone health
Figs are rich in calcium which is crucial for bone density. Also, it is a good source of potassium which opposes the loss of calcium from bones, thereby preventing thinning of bones at a faster rate. Generally, calcium loss from bones occurs due to higher consumption of salt in the diet.
Improves eye health
Figs are an excellent source of antioxidants, carotenoids, vitamin A, C and E. All these nutrients help in improving vision. It has been found that the consumption of figs (3 to 4) daily is helpful in lowering the risk of macular degeneration.
Improves reproductive health
Figs are considered as the symbol of love and fertility. They are loaded with essential minerals like iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc. Zinc has proven to be the best supplement for increasing the motility of sperms. Figs also help in overcoming the issues related to PMS (premenstrual syndrome).
Balances the blood glucose level
The presence of potassium in figs aids in regulating the amount of sugar absorbed after meals. It stabilises the release of insulin, thereby balancing the level of blood glucose.
Helps in weight loss
The richness of fibres makes figs a suitable fruit for losing weight. Dietary fibres help in giving a feeling of fullness, thereby reducing hunger pangs and cravings. Being a natural laxative, figs eliminate the unwanted substances or toxins from the bowel. Lower levels of toxin in the body help in losing weight more easily.
Helps in building a strong immune system
Figs are an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They aid in building a strong immune system. Figs have also proven to be helpful in treating anaemia as it is rich in iron.
Improves skin health
Figs rejuvenate the skin as they contain skin-friendly vitamins like vitamin A, C and E and minerals (copper, potassium etc.). They have a good water content which assists in removing toxins from the body, thereby preventing pimples and acne. Figs can also be used as a treatment for eczema and psoriasis.
Improves hair texture
Being rich in vitamins and minerals, figs support the growth of hair. Vitamins such as vitamin A, C and E along with magnesium stimulate the circulation of blood in the scalp, thereby increasing the growth of new hair. Copper present in figs helps in maintaining natural hair colour and prevents premature greying of hair.
So, if you are facing any digestion issues, skin problems or want to improve your cardiovascular health, try consuming 3-4 figs daily in the morning and see the results yourself.