Although dried figs are available year round, there is nothing like the taste and texture of fresh figs. Figs are available from June through September, and some European varieties are available through autumn. Here in Alabama, one of my friends has a fig tree in his back yard. How lucky! Figs are low in calories and contain dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that contribute to health and wellness. Here are the 5 health benefits of figs.
1. Figs can help lower high blood pressure-Figs are high in potassium which helps control blood pressure.
2. Figs can help lower the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women-Figs have the highest amount of calcium of any fruit, and 100g (3.5 oz) of dried figs contains 16% of the daily recommended amount.
3. Figs can help dibaetics-Figs are high in fiber which can help diabetics lower insulin and blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Figs also are filing and take the edge off appetite.
4. Figs are high in antioxidants-Both fresh and dried figs are an excellent source of phenol antioxidants, which are present in many fruits and vegetables that protect cells from oxidative damage that leads to cancer, heart disease and other diseases.
5. Figs are good for bone health-Figs are high in manganese. Your body relies on manganese to help activate enzymes, the proteins that carry out chemical reactions in your cells. Manganese-dependent enzymes allow for healthy bone development and also help your body break down carbohydrates and proteins from your diet.