Fighting Figs: Provide Your Body with 7 Essential Nutrients

As figs are extremely fragile and can bruise easily, you may be put off from bothering with them. However, that would be a real wellness error, as figs not only enhance the taste and longevity of foods, but are also incredibly beneficial to your wellbeing. Although dried figs are more popular and commonly used than the fresh ones, the best ones are plump, fragrant and have a very slight dent when touched. This is because the reason why figs are so beneficial is that they contain multiple vitamins and minerals, which may become lost in the drying process. Let’s take a look at the amazing nutrients you’ll find in fresh figs:


1. Fibre: The fibre content in figs is higher than in any other fruit or vegetable, so they are very beneficial as part of your weight loss diet, and make a great natural laxative if you have constipation.


2. Potassium: This is helpful in controlling your blood pressure.


3. Magnesium: Combined with the high potassium content in figs, the magnesium works to fight acidity and the formation of gas in your body.


4. Fatty acids: This is where dry figs have the edge, as they are rich in phenol, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These nutrients have a high content of soluble fibre, which can reduce your blood cholesterol levels by more than 20%. This, in turn, prevents the buildup of plaque in your arteries and therefore reduces your risk of coronary heart disease.


5. (No) cholesterol: As figs lack cholesterol and saturated fats, they are extremely beneficial for weight loss.


6. Vitamin B6: This vitamin helps your body to produce more of the mood-boosting hormone serotonin, as well as preventing water retention. This can be just what the doctor ordered if you’re going through menopausal mood swings, and as the Pill can deplete your vitamin B6 levels, figs can give you the option to stay on your birth control method and still stay healthy.


7. Calcium: As you may remember from when you were a kid, calcium increases your bone strength and density. Therefore, figs can help to guard your wellbeing against osteoporosis.

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