15 Best Benefits of Figs or Anjeer

The health benefits of fig or anjeer include its use in the treatment of sexual dysfunction, constipation, indigestion, piles, diabetes, cough, bronchitis, and asthma. It is also used as a quick and healthy way to gain weight after suffering from an illness.

The fig tree is a member of the mulberry family, usually found in Asia. The dried form of fig is available almost everywhere, all year round.

The health benefits of figs come from the presence of minerals, vitamins, and fiber contained in the fruits. They contain a wealth of beneficial nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, potassium, and chlorine.

Health benefits of Figs

Figs have many amazing health benefits. Let us discuss them in detail below.

Prevent Constipation

There are 5 grams of fiber in every three-fig serving. That high concentration of fiber helps to promote healthy, regular bowel function and prevents constipation. Fiber works to add bulk and mass to the bowel movements, so it not only prevents constipation but also eliminates diarrhea and unhealthy or irregular bowel movements.

Weight loss

The fiber in figs helps to reduce weight and is often recommended for obese people. However, their high-calorie count can also result in weight gain, especially when consumed with milk. A few figs are enough to get the recommended amount of nutrients, so don’t overeat.

Lower Cholesterol Levels

Figs contain pectin, which is a soluble fiber. When fiber moves through the digestive tract, it mops up excess clumps of cholesterol and carries them to the excretory system to be eliminated from the body. As a soluble fiber, pectin from figs also stimulates healthy bowel movements. They can have a laxative effect, as they are one of the most fiber-dense foods available. High amounts of fiber in your diet can benefit your overall health by preventing certain types of abdominal as well as colon cancer.

Prevent Coronary Heart Diseases

Dried figs contain phenol, omega-3, and omega-6 fatty acids. These fatty acids reduce the risk of coronary heart diseases. Furthermore, fig leaves have an inhibitory effect on triglycerides, making their overall number drop. Triglycerides are another major factor behind various heart diseases.

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Treat Colon Cancer

The presence of fiber helps to stimulate the elimination of free radicals and other cancer-causing substances, particularly in the colon, since fiber increases the healthy movement of the bowels.

Prevent Breast Cancer

The fiber content in figs has been known to protect against breast cancer. After menopause, the hormonal balance in women can often fluctuate. The body’s systems are so interconnected that these hormones affect the immune system, which in turn affect the ability of antioxidants to fight free radicals. Free radicals are prime factors behind the development of cancer, so figs take care of one extra line of defense by providing fiber to the body.

Control Diabetes

The American Diabetes Association recommends figs as a high-fiber treat that helps to promote functional control of diabetes. Fig leaves reduce the amount of insulin needed by diabetic patients who have to regularly take insulin injections. They are rich in potassium, which helps to regulate the amount of sugar absorbed by the body after meals. Large amounts of potassium can ensure that blood sugar spikes and falls are less frequent, so figs can help diabetics live a normal life.

Prevent Hypertension

People usually consume sodium in the form of salt, but low potassium and high sodium level may lead to hypertension. Figs are high in potassium and low in sodium, so they are a perfect defense against the effects of hypertension. This makes them a relaxing food as well, one that can settle the nerves and bring some calmness to your day.

Treat Bronchitis

The natural chemicals in fig leaves make them an ideal component for a tea base. Fig leaf tea has been popularly prescribed for various respiratory conditions like bronchitis and is also used as a way to prevent and lessen the symptoms of asthma.

Treat Venereal Diseases

Figs have been traditionally used in the Indian subcontinent and a few other areas of the world as a calming salve for venereal diseases. Ingestion or topical application of these fruits, both work towards providing relief from sexually transmitted diseases, although further research needs to be done on the exact range of symptoms and diseases that figs positively affect.

Treat Sexual Dysfunction

For centuries, figs have been recommended as a way to reduce sexual dysfunction like sterility, endurance or erectile dysfunction. They have been a major part of mythology and culture, and most of the time are referred as a powerful fertility or sexual supplement. Their actual success as an aphrodisiac is questionable, but the huge amount of valuable vitamins and minerals is probably the reason for the sudden boost in energy and stamina that people mistake for a sexual surge. Soak 2-3 figs in milk overnight and eat them in the morning to enhance your sexual abilities.

Strengthen Bones

Figs are rich in calcium, which is one of the most important components in strengthening bones and reducing the risk of osteoporosis. They are also rich in phosphorus, which encourages the bone formation and spurs regrowth if there is any damage or degradation to bones.

Prevent Urinary Calcium Loss

People that maintain a high-sodium diet may be affected by an increased urinary calcium loss. The high potassium content in figs helps to avoid that condition and regulates the content of waste in your urine. It minimizes the calcium loss while increasingly eliminating the amount of uric acid and other harmful toxins out of your body.

FigbenefitsPrevent Macular Degeneration

The major cause of vision loss among the elderly is macular degeneration. Fruits like figs are good at helping you avoid this common symptom of aging.

Relieve Throat Pain

The high mucilage content in figs helps to heal and protect sore throats. The soothing nature of figs and their natural juices can relieve pain and stress on the vocal chords.

Other Benefits

Figs are quite useful in treating various respiratory disorders like whooping cough and asthma. They are also effective digestive aids and are helpful in treating constipation, indigestion, stomach ache, and various other intestinal conditions. They are good for fever, earache, boils, abscesses, venereal diseases, and are excellent for the liver. They have a high level of alkines and therefore, help regulate the pH of the body. Figs are rich in flavonoids and polyphenols, which are antioxidants that prevent the damage caused by free radicals. They are known for their soothing and laxative properties and are also low in fat and sugar.

Uses of Figs or Anjeer

Figs are sweet and soft and their paste is often used as a replacement for sugar. Processed figs are used to make pies, pudding, cakes, assorted baked goods, jams, jellies, and preserves.

Word of Caution: Eating too many figs can cause diarrhea. Furthermore, dried figs are high in sugar and can potentially cause tooth decay. Also, there are those who are allergic to figs or certain chemical components within them, and the resulting allergic reactions can be mild to severe. As always, before making a major change in your diet, speak with your doctor.

Finally, it is best not to consume too many figs in the first few weeks leading up to a surgery, because they can occasionally cause bleeding in the digestive tract in sensitive people.

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Very informative.. Thankq

I like this article, very educative in health wise. Keep it up team

Hi,
In what form can a diabetic eat the fig? Please respond.

Does eating dried figs soaked in water overnight help in weight gain?

worth the read, figs worth eating

I have used fig with olive oil over a month (two times a day: break and dinner) and i notice that on my chest and arms many hairs appears 🙁 is it due to this ?

i have a tree of fig.. plz explain i can take it directly...or dry,?

Yes.. You can eat either way. Dry will be more higher in sugar.

eating dried figs will also get these benefits?

Soak 2-3 figs in milk overnight and eat them in the morning to enhance your sexual abilities.For how many days life long ya when needed

Zafar Farooqui

Whether anjeers soaked in vinegar are benificial in diabetes?

SYED GHOUSE MOHIUDDIN

GREAT AND MUCH INFORMATIVE MANY THANKS

fig improve health

tell me the name of species of fig that have the same function such as prevention of clone and breast cancer plz

subarna karmacharya

Thank you for good euxplainining

very good for health I like

angeer are hot , can be used for hemorhoids, piles, how used quantity,

Do figs r beneficial for hair loss treatment?

Kindly reply

for hair loss.,.,.take walnuts rich in omega fats

no not all

An excellent informative article.

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Thanks Naved Mukhtar

Fig is very good health beneficial fruit,I appreciate you writing this article.

Fig is very good health beneficial fruit. I always eat 2-3 figs . It is available in the market in dry form in the of Anjeer

I appreciate you writing this article.

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Thanks Hashmi
Regards,
Team Organic Facts

Is fig available in Dhaka (Bangladesh)?

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hi Sohail,
Please check with in your local market.
Regards,
Team Organic Facts

Fig juice reduces the risk of breast cancer, cures haemorrhoids and regulates blood pressure.

figs can take if you have intestine minor problem?

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