Health Benefits of Figs

Health Benefits of Figs by Deana Steele

Figs

A fresh fig off your tree has such succulent flesh inside. We are very lucky to have the opportunity to grow figs in Canada. Figs have to be ripened on the tree before they are picked so you can be sure to receive the highest levels of nutrition from the fruit. I love to cut my fresh figs into quarters to add to my salads or just eat them on their own.

Hypertension

Figs offer you a significant source of the blood pressure balancing mineral, potassium balanced with other essential minerals like calcium, iron and copper. Sometimes hypertension is created by an imbalance of sodium to potassium. By adding potassium rich foods to your diet you might help even out the difference before high blood pressure becomes and issue for you.

Fiber

Figs are a great source of pectin, a soluble fiber that holds liquid and behaves like a sponge soaking up waste products as it travels through your digestive tract. Pectin is great for helping your body retain water to stay hydrated. If you find yourself always going to the bathroom after drinking water you might not be retaining the fluid well. Try adding some figs to your diet to help hold that water in your system a little longer.

Fresh Figs

Digestion

Figs can stimulate bowel movements as it has a laxative effect. Don’t shy away from them because I said laxative. Figs are still great to eat if you suffer from diarrhea or frequent elimination. Too much of a good thing is possible so please eat this delicious fruit in moderation. 

You could call a fig a heart healthy fruit because studies show pectin is great for grabbing any excess clusters of cholesterol. The pectin pulls the cholesterol out with it when you eliminate.

Dried Figs

Figs store for 6 to 8 months when dried. I use dried figs in some of my warm winter dishes to add a layer of sweetness to them. If I am using dried figs in any of my recipes I like to soak the fruit first to rehydrate them. They are easier to work with and if you are just nibbling on the fruit, the water will help regulate the amount of sugar that is absorbed into the body after meals. Soaking dried fruit is a good practice for anyone interested in maintaining a healthy blood sugar balance. Don’t toss out your soaking water; use it to cook with as many of the minerals and nutrients from the skin are in that water.

 

Click here to see some of my favorite ways to use the Incredible Edibles® Figs

 


Deana Steele, RHN  Digestion Specialist

Deana Steele is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Digestion Specialist trained by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She believes that optimum health begins with a properly functioning digestive system. Her philosophy is to empower her clients with the knowledge to improve their overall health through optimum digestive function, lifestyle and superior nutrition. Find more great digestive support at www.deanasteele.com


This information is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always consult with your trusted healthcare practitioner prior to making any changes.
References:
"Basic Report: 09089, Figs, Raw." National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Release 27. United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Web.