Belongs to the genus Ficus and family Moracea. Did you know that the fig tree that we actually eat is a flower? Serve the best is if you eat immediately after you pick it up.
The fig is very healthy, and calorie. Dried fruit contains 50-70 percent sugar, so it is not recommended for diabetics. In the Mediterranean fruit you can find the important B vitamins, vitamin C and beta carotene. The minerals include calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and copper. In dried figs has three times more magnesium than in fresh, mineral that is essential for muscles, blood vessels and nerves.
The high percentage of potassium acts to regulate the pressure.
They are a good source of iron, manganese, selenium. They contain vitamins B group, vitamin P – a significant for elasticity of small blood vessels, A, C and E.
The amount of polyphenols is great and thanks to him, the fig tree is a powerful antioxidant.
They have a lot of dietary fiber, the majority percentage, those that are soluble in water. These fibers help to dwindling blood glucose and cholesterol levels, and also act favorably in the regulation of digestion.
They contain up to 80% water, while having many natural sugars. It is therefore an excellent source of energy, encourage the brain, quick thinking and good memory.
If we go back a decade or a century in the past, we will find out that figs combined with a piece of bread were common meal.
Fresh or dried – they can serve as a snack that will restore energy.
Fig tree with its nutritional composition and medicinal properties rises above many types of fruit.
Figs are a better source of fiber than most fruits. 28% of the fibers of the fig tree is soluble. This type of fiber helps control blood sugar levels and lowers cholesterol by binding to the intestine.
Studies show that consumption of fruits rich in soluble fiber reduces energy intake and are stuffed reserves and consumption of food with high energy value. This means that fiber can help in reducing weight.
Insoluble fiber from fig beneficial effect on the health of the colon. They regulate digestion and enable normal discharge hoses.
Besides the usual polyphenols, figs contain benzaldehyde and coumarin, which is successfully used to treat cancer.
A number of epidemiological studies demonstrate the protective role of fruits and vegetables according to blood vessels. With the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables significantly reduces the risk of heart attack. The protective role is attributed to flavonoids, which figs has about 1.1 grams per 100 grams of fresh fruit, which is much more than the usual fruit, red wine or tea. Figs have a greater amount of potassium, which together with calcium acts on the regulation of blood pressure and thus protects the cardiovascular system.
Fresh fig calming inflammation of the airways. It contains a high percentage of water and natural sugars, and is useful in the recovery from exhaustion and natural “cleaner” of the body.
The natural sugars from the fig tree stimulate the brain and increase memory.
In folk medicine, it is known that the crushed figs are good cleaner of the face, and also help in the treatment of acne skin.
Leaves of fig are medicinal and edible. It has been proven that they have an antidiabetic effect, lower triglycerides, and assist in braking the growth of cancer cells.
Dried figs are recommended if you keep dieting. Why?
Dried figs are rich in fiber, so they regulate digestion. Consumption of 3 or 4 dried figs in the morning, before breakfast, will accelerate and facilitate digestion.
Tip: In case you feel strong hunger, take two to three dried figs. They are rich in magnesium, fiber and have less fat than other dried fruit. Thus, 100 grams of dried figs has 249 calories