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12 Reasons Why Figs Should Be in Your Life

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.

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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.

Lower cholesterol

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.

Better eyes

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.

Healthy skin

The antioxidants contribute to gorgeous skin. Enough said.

Hydration boost

The water in figs gives us an extra dose of hydration, which is good for our entire body.

Healthy Bones

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.

Treats anemia

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.

Topical benefits

Figs can be used on your skin and can improve a number of problems like acne, warts and small infections.

macro photographed in natural light, figs, fruits

macro photographed in natural light, figs, fruits

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.