Although dried figs are available throughout the year, there is nothing like the unique taste and texture of fresh figs. California figs are available from June through September and boast a sweet and unique taste while packing in an amazing amount of health benefits.
Figs are a good source of potassium which is the third most abundant mineral in human body and is a powerful food source for maintaining good health. Potassium helps to control blood pressure, provides relief from stroke, heart and kidney disorders, anxiety and stress, as well as enhanced muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions and nervous system.
They are a good source of dietary fiber. Fiber and fiber-rich foods have a positive effect on weight management because they help you feel fuller for longer. Fiber also helps control blood sugar levels, lowers cholesterol, maintains a healthy digestive system, lowers your risk of heart disease and stroke, prevents kidney stones and helps maintain healthy skin.
Figs are also a good source of vitamins A, C, E and K. Vitamin A is key for good vision, a healthy immune system, maintaining a healthy nervous system, cancer prevention, maintaining healthy skin and cell growth. It also has antioxidant properties that neutralize free radicals in the body that cause tissue and cellular damage.
Vitamin C, another antioxidant powerhouse, is also important for a healthy immune system, cancer prevention, regulating blood sugar levels, preventing heart disease and stroke, prevents cataracts, maintaining healthy skin, reduces the risk of neurological disorders and helps us better deal with stress.
Vitamin E, yet another antioxidant, helps protect against toxins such as air pollution, premenstrual syndrome, eye disorders such as cataracts, neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. It also helps us maintain healthy skin, prevents cancer, reduces cholesterol levels, prevents blood clots, alleviates fatigue and strengthens capillary walls.
Vitamin K helps maintain bone health, prevents blood clots, helps maintain healthy skin, helps with wound healing, prevents cancer and prevents heart disease. Vitamin K has also been shown to be essential for the synthesis of sphingolipids (a crucial fat) that helps form the myelin sheath or outer wrapping around the nerve. These crucial fats are essential for proper brain and nervous system function. This is beneficial in preventing Alzheimer disease.
Figs also contain calcium which prevents osteoporosis, helps with weight management, prevents cancer and is heart healthy. They also contain Tryptophan which induces good sleep and helps get rid of sleep disorders such as insomnia.
If you are already a fan of figs-now you know just how good they are for you and if you’re not a fan, maybe now is the time to give them another try!