The Ancient Fig
Figs have been enjoyed for their taste and medical purposes since ancient times. In fact, figs are mentioned in both Biblical and Quranic sources both literally and symbolically.
- The Fig tree grows up to 20 -30 feet in height. It has large, aromatic green leaves that have deep venation and 5 lobes and form dense foliage, providing ample shade and coolness even in areas of hot temperature. It is a perennial tree, bearing fruit twice yearly. The fig tree is native to Turkey and belongs to the family Moraceae, the same as mulberries.
- The Fig flower is interesting in that it is invisible to the eye, clustered into the syconium, a green fruit-like structure. Technically speaking, the fig is actually a flower, and not a fruit!
- The Fig fruit is small and bell-shaped. It contains a cluster of small seeds that can easily be eaten along with the fruit. The raw fruit is a bright green colour and it ripens to a brown or purple colour. The fruit is often dried to form a flat circular dry fruit, brown in colour.
Figs have numerous medical and nutritional uses and should be a regular part of all our diets whether young/old, sick or healthy. Fig juice can be made at home by simply soaking dried figs for 30 minutes (or alternatively overnight in the refrigerator) and blending with enough water. Usually, no sugar is needed as figs themselves are very sweet. There are many benefits of fig juice and we shall explore these below.
Health Benefits of Drinking Fig Juice
- Iron For those facing low iron levels in the blood, pregnant women, and also lactating women, fig juice offers beneficial iron. Those who have iron deficiency should eat at least three figs a day or drink one cup of fig juice a day. For treating anemia, figs can be cooked in milk and sipped when cooled to room temperature, 1-3 times a day.
- Bowel Health Fig juice is rich in fiber and stimulates bowel movement and evacuation. Fig juice prevents hemorrhoids, which often form due to long term constipation. This can help keep the colon clean and healthy, thus preventing colon cancer, which is on the rise in many developed countries including the US.
- Good Lung Health Fig juice is used in healing bronchitis and is good for general lung health. It is known to ease cough, bronchitis and even asthma. Fig juice is helpful for bronchitis as well as tonsillitis and it expels excess mucous from the respiratory system.
- Stamina & Provides Sustained Energy Those who feel fatigued, tired and weak, can drink fig juice once in the morning to boost their stamina and energy levels. A glass of figs juice provides 250 calories of energy. The fiber in fig juice ensures that this energy is released gradually into the body, ensuring that blood glucose levels do not spike up rapidly. It is an excellent drink for those recovering from illnesses, those involved in sports, as well as school-going children.
- Libido Fig juice contains a high level of amino acids, which are necessary for good sexual health. Fig juice is helpful for both males and females and should be drank by couples who are trying to conceive. Fig juice also treats sexual dysfunction in men and women and provides both with sexual stamina.
- Blood Pressure Figs and fig juice have a combination of low sodium levels along with high potassium levels, which are known to regulate blood pressure and reduce high blood pressure. Fig juice can be drank daily to normalize blood pressure levels, however those with diabetes should avoid fig juice as it is rich in glucose. Fig juice is bursting with high potassium levels which are very important for sound heart health.
- For Breastfeeding Mothers To stimulate the production of breast milk, mothers need to eat foods rich in calcium and fig juice taken daily is a great way to ensure that the mother produces adequate breast milk to feed her baby.
- Anti-Aging Fresh fig juice is rich in flavanoid anti-oxidants such as chlorogenic acid, carotene and lutein, which counteract free radical damage in the body, and promote youthful skin, hair and nails. Their anti-oxidant effects also take action within the body, fighting free radical damage in the internal organs, leading to better health and longevity. Fig juice also supports the production a collagen, which is an extracellular protein that is known as the “glue” which holds the whole body together and keeps skin strong, elastic and replaces dead cells. As we age, the level of collagen in the body reduces, making us prone to wrinkles, fine lines and gray hair. By drinking fig juice regularly, we can boost the production of collagen.
- Skin Apply homemade fig juice on acne, pimples, warts, rashes and sores every two days for about 15 minutes to alleviate these skin issues. Fig juice is rich in a multitude of vitamins and nutrients, which can be absorbed through the skin and provide relief and cure for acne, pimples as certain rashes.
- Hair Being rich in plenty of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients as well as having high water content, fig juice promotes beautiful hair by stimulating hair growth, catering for deficiencies which may cause hair loss and by hydrating dry hair, making it look shiny and healthy.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
BESURE on August 08, 2017:
ANJEER JUICE IS VERY GOOD AND ABOVE INFORMATION IS TRUE
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 07, 2015:
Very useful and informative hub about Figs. My family loves it and thanks for enlightening us about its various health benefits.
Thank you for sharing!
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 24, 2015:
I love figs and now I know more about the health benefits of figs after reading your hub, thank you for sharing.
JR Krishna from India on June 23, 2015:
Information about the health benefits of fig is very useful.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on June 06, 2015:
This is another great hub from you, Healthmunsta. I have fig newtons before, but not fig juice. Maybe I should give it a try. Voted up for interesting!