Figs are an ancient fruit that are in the mulberry family. Figs are rich in phytonutrients and antioxidants such as carotenes, lutein, tannins and chlorgenic. In addition, figs are high in vitamin A, B1, B2, C, E and K. Also, figs are rich in minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, potassium and chlorine. This sweet and nutritious fruit is available typically June through September.
Figs offer many health benefits:
- Figs are a good source of fiber; they offer more fiber than any other fruit. The fiber in figs is good for digestion and helps to prevent colon cancer. Also, the fiber in figs has a positive effect on weight control.
- Figs are high in calcium helping to promote bone density.
- Pectin, a soluble fiber, in figs helps to lower cholesterol.
- Potassium in figs helps to maintain blood pressure.
- Vitamin A, C, E and carotenoids in figs protects against age-related macular degeneration the disease that destroys vision.
- Manganese is important in the metabolism of carbohydrates and amino acids.
- Potassium helps to regulate homeostasis of the body’s fluids, water and acid-base balance.
Fig season is just starting. Take advantage of all the health benefits figs have to offer.