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Fig Benefits

Traditional Uses

 A simple way to remove warts is to apply the milk extracted from a fresh fig on the wart and cover it with a dressing, repeating this operation for 8 - 9 days.


Another popular remedy against toothache is to cook a few dried figs and apply the liquid obtained with a gauze on the affected area (phlegmon, boil ...) several times a day, as it has healing properties. Another alternative to heal a phlegmon is to crush a dried fig and place it between the inflamed tooth and the cheek, holding it for a while. They are very effective when you have oral conditions, sores, cold sores, etc.

 


The water from the cooking of dried figs is laxative, and good drink in case of fever.


Dry, raw or boiled, the figs are soothing, useful to those who suffer dryness of belly.


Hot poultry of dried figs helps the healing of abscesses.


The water after boiling figs is very good for gargling against the irritations of the throat.


Coffee of toasted and melted dried figs is excellent in pneumonia, pulmonary catarrh, bronchitis, whooping cough and nervous cough.


In our gastronomy, figs also play an important role in cooking, especially in the case of stews made with birds, but also in desserts, either with creams or in syrup, or as starters accompanied with ham.

 

 


Figs, functional food

 

The dried figs provide us with six times more energy than the fresh ones; in addition, dehydration concentrates the nutrients, turning this fruit into a source rich in potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamins A, B and C; Even sugar is more concentrated, providing a high amount of glucose, sucrose and fructose (this large amount of carbohydrates are a major source of energy).


Dehydrated figs are also rich in soluble fiber (pectin) that can help us lower blood cholesterol levels. Figs have a high concentration of polyphenols that reduce the risks of cardiovascular disorders.


They contain insoluble fiber that helps digestion by preventing both constipation and other intestinal ailments. They contain a fiber called lignin, very effective in correcting bowel disorders or chronic constipation. It helps with slow digestion problems as it has enzymes and flavonoids that favor the digestive process. The fig also has laxative and diuretic qualities as a natural product. The consumption of figs is recommended for young children, adults, elderly, pregnant women, students and for those who do physical activities.


                                           


  

They are recommended for respiratory system problems, sore throat, bronchitis, colds and cough.

 

   

They have a high content of calcium, an essential mineral for the bone formation of the human being. In addition, the calcium present in figs has some similarity with the one present on milk, increasing the density and facilitating the correct development of the bones.

 

They have a high content of potassium, a mineral with multiple functions, including participating in nerve transmission, muscle work and proper distribution of water in the body. In addition, it activates enzyme systems and intervenes in the excitability of the heart, nervous system and musculature.

 

   

They are also rich in iron which is of great help to people with anemia or problems caused by menstrual cramps. It also contains benzaldehyde which can act as an anticancer agent.