by Karyn Michelle Wofford
Figs are a sweet, unusual fruit that’s filled with delightfully crunchy seeds. The skin is crisp but soft. Eating fresh figs can improve your health in many ways, but finding them in the produce department isn’t always easy. This year, I have planted my own Celeste Fig Tree from Nature Hills Nursery and look forward to walking out my back door to enjoy the superfood. Here’s why you should do the same.
Lower high blood pressure
Our diets are full of processed foods, which raise our blood pressure due to it high sodium content. Potassium lowers blood pressure, and figs are full of it. Integrating fresh fruits and limiting processed snacks will do wonders.
Figs have a lot of fiber packed inside. Fiber helps reduce cholesterol levels.
Reduces disease occurrence
If you are looking for a great source of antioxidants, these are it. Antioxidants counteract free radicals, ultimately warding off cancer and other illnesses. Figs also have antinflammatory properties, which prevents disease as well.
Improve blood sugar control
Inflammation leads to insulin resistance. Figs reduces inflammation. I’ve mentioned already that figs are fiber rich… this helps control glucose levels too. Strangely, the fruit seems to create an effect that allows us to take less insulin, kind of like metformin.
With the vision risks that come along with diabetes, we need to do all we can to keep our eyes healthy. Vitamin A in figs can help.
The antioxidants contribute to gorgeous skin. Enough said.
The water in figs gives us an extra dose of hydration, which is good for our entire body.
Figs are calcium rich and are a good replacement for those who are intolerant of dairy products. The calcium potassium combo are a double threat to any bone weakening conditions.
Calm stomach ailments
Diabetes and its medications can do a number on the tummy. The nutrients in figs can ease issues and the fiber helps move things along.
Pump up the libido
Crazy blood sugar levels and meds can make you a little less frisky than you or your partner prefer. Eating healthy foods, like figs, can get you back on track.
A rich source of iron, figs can improve anemia, simultaneously increasing energy levels. When you have more energy, workouts are more effective and you can lower blood glucose levels.
Figs can be used on your skin and can improve a number of problems like acne, warts and small infections.
Remember, figs do have a good bit of sugar, but can be quite beneficial when worked into your diet. So don’t sit by your fig tree and munch yourself into a severe case of hypoglycemia. Moderation is key to reaping the good from the tasty fruit. Instead of sitting down with a couple of Oreos, try eating “sweet as honey” figs instead.