Thursday, March 28, 2013

FIG is GOOD for Skin

Why figs are good for you


Dried figs are easily available throughout the year, but eating it fresh and sweet is a different experience altogether.

Did you know that figs grow on the ficus carica tree, belonging to the mulberry family? Also, that dried figs are better concentrated sources of minerals and vitamins?

Read on to find out more about the health benefits of figs:
Figs are a great source of dietary fibre and make you feel satiated. So, it's a great option for those who want to lose weight. The fibre content is also excellent for the digestive system and helps relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Being high in alkaline content, figs are great for curbing acid levels in the body.

Studies have shown that figs lower triglyceride levels. Also, their potassium content helps regulate blood pressure and hypertension.

Dried figs contain high levels of phenol antioxidants, which help fight against the damage caused by free radicals. Also, the calcium in figs strengthens bones.

If you're suffering from iron deficiency, figs are the way to go. They are excellent for building red blood cells, which help carry oxygen throughout the body.

The natural sugars in figs make them an ideal snack for diabetics. The magnesium content in the fruit is good for cardiovascular health. Cholesterol levels can be kept in control by pectin, a soluble fibre found in figs. Figs are great for skin, too. Mash two ripened figs and apply it on your face for 15 minutes. This helps to reduce acne. They also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help prevent coronary heart diseases.

Sex it up: Figs have traditionally been used as an aphrodisiac. To treat sexual weakness, soak a couple of figs in a cup of milk overnight and eat them in the morning.


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