Dried figs as a remedy


Dried figs for health

Dried figs during the summer months are rather neglected, which is somewhat illogical because they are all accessible and fresh. Our recommendation is to take them in any form and believe us you cannot go wrong, whether it comes to fresh or dried figs, they are very useful for our health. They are rich in antioxidants, phytonutrients and primarily vitamins. Do not neglect this fruit, it is very nutritious and it is wrong to remember it only during the fast and the cooler winter months.

FIGS CULTIVATION AND PRODUCTION

Figs were consumed even 11,000 years ago, it is confirmed by the latest research in the areas of the Middle East. Our ancestors definitely enjoyed this fruit. It is even considered to have been grown before wheat, beans and barley. Today, cultivation is done across the globe, on all continents, not only in the Mediterranean where this fruit originates from. Figs are best planted in early fall (this is true for the Mediterranean area) or in the spring (Continental area). Right before the planting, it is necessary to shorten the roots of plants, then set to the depth, which the plant was already in before in the hothouse. Root of the plants needs to be well covered and compacted with the earth. Fertilizer is then placed on the ground but in moderation (do not overdo it). Fertilizer should not touch the roots. The rest of the earth pour over fertilizer and again compact everything. When you finished planting the figs, pour them with a lot of water. Take into an account to create a space of 4 to 5 meters between seedlings, although this largely depends on the type of figs. Common fig Latin name is Ficus carica and is the most popular and most widely used type today. It is easy for cultivation because it bears fruit twice a year and brings us hundreds of exceptional fruits, different colours and different sizes. Its juicy meaty part is a treasure trove of health and can have a pear shape or resembles a bell. Dry figs that today we find in the stores are the most common of these kinds. The first fruits of the new seedlings can be expected around the third year, they are plucked with the stem and it is best done in the morning, those mornings that are not dewy. Before each picking it is necessary to let the figs ripen well on the tree.


FIGS CALORIES

For fresh figs we can safely say that they are a low-calorie fruit as 100 grams contains only 74 calories, keep this in mind all of you who are planning to lose weight or are already on one of the diets. Since August and September, this fruit is available to us in its raw form, and freely eat it as such instead of snacks. Dry figs are far more caloric because they contain 249 calories per 100 grams, and with them same rules do not apply, but it is far from being bad and on the contrary are extremely good for you. Fresh fruit is rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals and are a good help for immunity. Fibres and low calorific value of fresh fruits are in favour of maintaining the slender figure. Caution must be taken by diabetics, because they should not exaggerate with the consumption, this is especially true for dried figs. The fruit can be stored in freezers and up to 6 months. If bought fresh, always look for fruit that is soft to the touch and that emits an irresistible sweet smell.
Dry figs as a remedy

Dried figs have more calories than fresh ones but also have highly concentrated sources of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Like fresh fruits dried figs are rich in vitamins of the B group, which are great for our brain, improve the mood and slow the aging process. In them we include pantothenate, niacin, pyridoxine and folic acid, which are involved in the metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrates. Dry figs are rich in minerals and calcium, zinc, selenium, potassium, copper and iron. The last two listed are very important for the formation of red blood cells and help in the treatment of anaemia, while potassium is an indispensable and integral part of cells and body fluids that are important for regulating blood pressure and proper heart rhythm. Calcium in figs far exceeds the amounts of that in cow milk, which many do not know. Still do not overdo with their consumption if you care about your slender figure. If you notice a sudden drop of energy, fatigue and general malaise of the body, there is no better cure than eating dried figs, because energy will immediately return. Nervousness, stress, insomnia, poor concentration are problems that are much easier to overcome with this phenomenal dried fruit. Eating 8 to 10 dried fruits a day, will help patients with osteoporosis, because figs strengthens bones and are an excellent prevention of abrupt loss of bone tissue. Fresh fruit is a great source of antioxidants that defend us and protect more times than often quoted free radicals, which its destructive actions affects premature aging, dementia, heart disease and the occurrence of carcinoma. Figs have an anticancer effect thanks to coumarin and benzaldehyde, these compounds help against prostate cancer and skin cancer - as shown by the latest surveys and reports from Japan. They regulate blood cholesterol, with the help of plant sterols such as lanesterol and stigmasterol.

Figs as a remedy for foot corns

It is a very simple recipe that goes like this: fresh figs are cut in half, put it on foot where the corns appear and keep it fastened the whole night. Remove in the morning, and wash the feet in hot water. After treatments try to remove corns or warts on foot alone. With severe cases this natural therapy must be continued for up to five nights in a row.

Fig leaf as a medicine

The fig leaf is known to be very healing since traditional times. It helps in the treatment of bronchitis, bronchial asthma, regulates blood pressure, it is good for warts on the hands and feet, sores on the skin and even for liver cirrhosis. A novelty is that it is applied for the treatment of diabetes as a juice from fig leaves, which is best taken early in the morning along with breakfast.  If you boil the fig leaf we get an excellent tea that can also be used if you are diabetic.

FIG LEAF TEA AGAINST DIABETES
  • 2 teaspoons of dried leaves pour with a cup of boiled water (2 dl)
  • Cover and let it stand 10 to 15 minutes, then filter.
  • In the morning with breakfast drink a cup of this drink.

Fig leaf tea will keep blood sugar levels under control.

Dried figs in olive oil for fertility

Soak the dried figs in the glass jar (40 pieces) in a litre of quality homemade olive oil. Leave it so to rest for 40 days. After this time you can consume one fig a day, exclusively on an empty stomach – in the morning. If your stomach does not match this recipe, observe the following: Take the olive oil from the same jar one tablespoon a day and eat one dry fig (which is not from the jar). This will achieve a similar effect, although the first version is somewhat better. You will resolve many health problems about which we wrote above and dried figs in olive oil are particularly recommended for erectile dysfunction and fertility problems in both partners.

FIGS IN DIET - STORAGE

Fresh purchased fruit, can be kept in the refrigerator up to 72 hours, but it is the best to eat them immediately. Dry figs are not so demanding, it is enough to keep them in a dry and chilly place where they can stay up to 8 months. Before eating fresh fruits, wash the fig tree in the cold water and pat dry with a little gentle touch with a soft cloth. Figs are great when eating alone, and even better as a supplement to other foods. During summer add them to ice cream, salads or cakes. Dry figs go fine along with sandwiches and also with cakes. As an appetizer prepare figs stuffed with chopped almonds or even goat cheese. Oatmeal porridge also goes pretty well with dried figs.

DRY FIGS IN PREGNANCY

For pregnant women dried figs are a great choice, rich in magnesium and protect against high blood pressure. Thanks to fibres they help better digestion, facilitate and speed up the digestive metabolism. To pregnant women this is especially a favoured fruit because figs prevent early onset of haemorrhoids, which are often present in the final months of pregnancy. With only 5-6 figs daily you compensate for half of the total daily intake of fibres. Of course do not overdo it and consult with your doctor.

If by any chance you get diarrhea, vomiting and unbearable itching immediately stop eating them, because allergic reactions may occur but only in susceptible persons. Immediately contact your doctor. If nothing happens continue eating fresh and dried figs!!!

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