Among all the variety of fruits that can be found in the market, the fig attracts our attention due to its peculiar shape, color and size. But do not be fooled. Despite its small proportions, the fig provides multiple benefits to our cardiovascular and digestive health. From its pulp to its leaves, everything can be used, either as a delicious aperitif or to be used in an infinite number of dishes.
The fig is a fruit that is obtained from the plant Ficus carica. It is estimated that there are more than 750 species of figs in the world. Some edible and some not. However, the best known version is the one that we can find on the market. From pink and sweet pulp, the fig is one of the ingredients that cannot be missing this Christmas season because, in addition to accompanying various traditional preparations, it contains a good amount of vitamins and minerals.
The benefits of fig
- Source of vitamins and minerals
The fig provides copper, an essential mineral for various processes in the human body, such as metabolism or Energy production, as well as the formation of blood cells, connective tissues and neurotransmitters. It also contains vitamin B6 which is key to breaking down the proteins we consume and generating new ones.
However, perhaps one of the best benefits of the fig is its ability to promote digestive health. For generations, this food has been used as a home remedy for treat problems of constipation. This is achieved due to its good amount of fiber. In addition, fiber is a prebiotic that stimulates the health of our intestinal flora.
- Disease prevention
On the other hand, according to Healthline, figs can also be an aid to improve the sugar levels blood, as well as blood pressure. This is achieved due to the reduction of “bad” cholesterol (LDL), which, together with exercise and a balanced diet, helps prevent the onset of heart diseases such as hypertension.
In turn, a study published in the “Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice” documented how a group of 10 people with type 1 diabetes saw their need for insulin drinking fig leaf tea for a month. Another study published in the journal “Nutrients” showed that drinks made from fig extract had a lower glycemic index than others, so they could have a healthy effect on blood sugar levels.