All you want to know about Figs

A fig is a soft fruit with a thin skin that can be either green or purple. The flesh of a fig is typically red, and the entirety of the fruit is edible.

People have used figs to help treat health conditions related to the endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems, as well as the digestive tract.

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This article explores the benefits and risks associated with fig consumption. It also discusses the nutritional content of both fresh and dried figs.

Figs and diabetes

It’s not just the fruits of this shrub that are healthy. Some evidence also suggests that the leaves of the fig shrub can help regulate diabetes symptoms. A study in rats showed that ficusin, an extract from fig leaves, improves insulin sensitivity and has other anti-diabetic properties. And an animal study showed that fig extract can contribute to diabetes treatment by normalizing blood fatty acid and vitamin E levels. Speak with your doctor to see if figs might be a good addition to your overall diabetes management program. Keep in mind that they aren’t a substitute for healthy eating, medications, or blood testing.

Figs benefits for skin

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In some folk medicine traditions, figs are used to treat a variety of skin, such as eczema, vitiligo, and psoriasis. There haven’t been any conclusive, scientific studies, but anecdotal evidence and preliminary research show promise.

Fig tree latex may remove warts, according to a comparative study. For the study, 25 people applied fig tree latex to common warts on one side of their body. Warts on the opposite side were frozen (cryotherapy). Fig tree latex was just marginally less effective than cryotherapy and caused no side effects.

Raw figs may be used to create a nourishing, antioxidant-rich face mask. Simply mash the figs and apply to your face in a circular motion. Add 1 tablespoon of yogurt for additional moisturizing benefits. Leave the mask on for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. Don’t use figs on your skin if you’re allergic to latex! Mashed figs are also a popular home remedy for acne, but there’s no scientific evidence that they work.

Figs are a good source of many enriching vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Improving your overall health often balances your skin and helps with your circulation. If you feel like your skin is better when you eat more figs, enjoy! Your body will thank you, and your skin might, too.

Figs benefits for hair

Figs are a popular ingredient in many shampoos, conditioners, and hair masques. The fruit is believed to strengthen and moisturize hair and promote hair growth. Scientific research on the benefits of figs for hair is lacking, but there’s some evidence that some of the vitamins and minerals may help keep your hair healthy.

One looked at the role of zinc and copper in hair loss. A deficiency in either mineral is believed to contribute to hair loss. Zinc is thought to speed up hair follicle recovery. Study results confirmed that hair loss may be linked to zinc deficiency, but not copper.

A later study reviewed the nutrition of women with hair loss during menopause. The study indicates that several nutrients found in figs help keep hair healthy. They include:

  • zinc
  • copper
  • selenium
  • magnesium
  • calcium
  • B vitamins
  • vitamin C

Side effects of figs

Fig allergies and negative drug interactions are uncommon, so most people can add a moderate number of them to their diet without worry. Even so, there are a few potential side effects you should be aware of.

People allergic to rubber latex or birch pollen may also be allergic to figs. Figs are part of the mulberry (Moraceae) family. If you’re allergic to other fruits in the mulberry family such as jackfruit, Osage orange, and sugar apple, you may also be allergic to figs.

Vitamin K is a natural blood thickener. Dried and raw figs are high in vitamin K. If you take blood-thinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin), it’s important to keep your vitamin K intake consistent from day today. Plan when you will eat figs so as not go over your usual daily intake of vitamin K.

Figs may have a laxative effect on some people. This can help treat constipation, but eating too many figs may cause loose stools or diarrhoea. If you find yourself running to the bathroom after eating figs, cut back on your intake.

 

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