Researchers say that eating figs can ensure the health of the heart and gastrointestinal tract.
According to ILNA, figs are one of the most popular fruits in the Mediterranean diet as well as in the countries of Central Asia and the Middle East. Today, Turkey is the largest producer of figs in the world. In addition to the unique properties of figs for the body, this fruit is also used in medicinal uses.
For example, Iranians use figs to treat warts and constipation. Omani people boil figs in water and use it for traditional cough treatment. The ancient Greeks also used large volumes of figs to expel intestinal worms.
Numerous studies have shown the amazing effects of eating figs in preventing diseases. The most important effects of fig consumption include the following:
1- Helping heart diseases: A 2017 study found that eating figs lowered blood pressure and regulated heart rate in mice. Researchers say that eating figs can reduce the risk of heart disease because of the potassium, phenols and flavonoids in figs.
2- Regulation of blood sugar: The natural sweetness of figs stabilizes blood sugar levels. A 2018 study found that combining substances such as flavonoids, phenolic acid, tannins and vitamin E increases insulin production and lowers blood glucose in people with diabetes.
3- Easy movement of food in the intestine: Numerous studies have shown that eating figs can facilitate the movement of food in the intestines. Studies on the effects of figs on constipation have shown that people who eat this fruit have regular bowel movements and are less prone to constipation.
A recent study also found that people who used a mixture of figs and flaxseed powder continuously for 14 days reported regular daily gastrointestinal activity and defecation. These people stated that their defecation process has improved and they defecate on a daily basis. Also, the defecation process in them has been done with less pain and easier.
Source: Young Journalists Club