One of the magnificent gifts of mother nature to mankind is figs. Useful properties and contraindications have been studied in sufficient detail and are widely used by folk and official medicine. There are about three hundred kinds of figs. All of them have a curative effect, useful properties. Fresh fig fruits - this seasonal fruit, we have it appears in the markets or shops in the fall. Dried is almost always available. It is useful in any form. Its fruits are diverse in color: black, brown, red, yellow, green; in shape: from round to pear-shaped..
- Fresh figs - good
- Useful properties of dried figs
- Figs - recipes for treatment
- Harm to the figs for the body, precautionary measures
Most of the fig harvest is harvested in the fall from August to October, when longitudinal cracks appear on the skin of the fruit. From the "eyes" on the top of the copulation and on the surface, droplets of pure juice begin to appear. The flesh of figs during this period is unusually sweet, as if filled with pure sugar juice, the useful properties are maximized.
It is best to clean the figs early in the morning, because the sun's overheated fruits quickly deteriorate.
Fruits figs consistently abundantly - up to 100 kg of copulation per year. And the harvest is collected twice - in June, and then in August-November. Most often the color of the fruit is yellow-green. Unripe figs contain milky juice, it is not edible. But as soon as cracks appear on them, through which the cherry-red juicy pulp shines through, the fruits are ready. One drawback is that they are not ripe for a long time.↑ back to content ↑
Fresh figs - good
Useful properties of figs are a huge content of organic acids, pectins, enzymes, vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, C, beta-carotene, PP, minerals. Each fruit contains iron, magnesium, potassium, and calcium, which are useful for the body.
40 g of figs contain 7% of our daily requirement for potassium, 6% in calcium and iron. All thought processes occur with the participation of iron. According to the content of potassium, this fruit is second only to nuts.
Furoolen from leaves is used to treat baldness, vitiligo, and juice, essential oils suppress the growth of certain fungi, pathogens. It promotes the formation of melanin. Leaves of figs contain coumarin - a substance that increases the sensitivity of the body to solar radiation. Therefore, you must be careful of sunburn during the treatment with decoctions of leaves.
Sugar fresh figs contains 25%. Mostly it is fructose. This is the highest percentage of fructose, if compared with other fruits. Protein fresh fruit contains 1%, and dried - 6%.
A few fig fruits per day will quickly remove mental or physical stress. Regular use of this fruit helps to improve memory, reduce sleep disturbances..
Figs bring great benefits to people suffering from cardiovascular diseases, people with problematic veins, with a tendency to tornbombs, with anemia, asthma, bronchitis, colds, tonsillitis. It reduces the sugar content in the blood, but it is not recommended to consume a lot of diabetics or people, suffering from obesity, since all the sugars present in the fruit are absorbed by the body with ease. But a few fruits of figs, eaten per day, on the contrary can reduce blood sugar, are useful for people suffering from obesity. Most importantly - the amount of eaten figs should be optimal.
In general, its main value is the one that he suggests, helps the body to choose the right healing property for it at the moment.
Figs are an excellent remedy for digestion. He himself will help the body to choose the right property of this useful fruit. In one case, the fig will work as a mild laxative. In another - as a remedy for constipation - eat 4-5 fresh fruits, and if you have only dried fruits - soak them - eat in the morning along with the water in which it is soaked.
But you can not use figs for acute inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Fruits, despite the sweet taste, contain a lot of oxalic acid, so it can not be eaten with gout.
There are diuretic and diaphoretic properties of figs. Teas, decoctions of fruits are used as antipyretic, diaphoretic.
Each fruit contains polyphenols, flavonoids, which improve the antioxidant activity of the blood. Medicinal fig juice contains enzyme fitin, which almost completely destroys fibrinogen in the blood and fibrin (an insoluble protein that is used by the body to coagulate blood). The filaments of fibrin form the basis of a thrombus, which interferes with the normal flow of blood. For treatment of an unripe fetus, only 3 drops of juice are extracted. It is useful for hematopoiesis or for heart disease. Based on extracts from fruits and leaves of figs, some drugs have been developed that are successfully used to treat cardiovascular diseases, thrombosis, thrombophlebitis. It can also improve blood: increase hemoglobin level, lower cholesterol level.↑ back to content ↑
Useful properties of dried figs
Dried fruit has a lot of fiber, useful properties of which are necessary for normal activity of the gastrointestinal tract. Its caloricity is 214 kcal / 100 g. One dried fig gives 2 grams of fiber, which is 20% of the daily allowance. By its composition, the amount of dietary fiber, it takes an honorable first place, helping to work the gastrointestinal tract.
A high content of pectin makes dried figs the most useful product. It accelerates the healing of connective tissue after injuries to bones or joints. The fruits are rich in calcium, which is one of the most important components for strengthening bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis..
Sugar dried figs contain up to 70%. It is interesting that people who want to lose weight, it is recommended to use figs daily. However, the high amount of calories that it contains can lead to weight gain, especially when used with milk. A few pieces are enough to get the recommended amount of nutrients, so do not overdo it!
Dried figs contain phenol, omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6. These fatty acids reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. In addition, useful substances that contain fig leaves have a significant effect on the level triglycerides in the human body, which are one of the main causes of the development of various cardiac diseases. These fatty acids are not produced by our body - we must receive them with food. They are needed to function properly the cardiovascular, nervous systems.↑ back to content ↑
Figs - recipes for treatment
Several recipes of folk medicine:
- Boil three leaves of a fig in a half-liter of water for 15 minutes. Strain, drink this solution on a regular basis to lower blood pressure.
- Grind finely four leaves of the fig, mix with sugar to make a thick mixture. Take this mixture regularly with a glass of water twice a day. This home remedy is a useful addition to the course of treatment of cirrhosis of the liver.
- With laryngitis, hoarseness, you need to prepare a syrup, from a teaspoon of crushed dried figs and half a cup of water - boil for 15 minutes, drain, add a teaspoon of honey.
- Add two or three shredded fig fruits to a cup of yogurt (200 ml). Use this mixture twice a day for several weeks to reduce inflammation of the spleen.
- Milky juice from stems or leaves is applied three to four times a day for warts - this will help you get rid of them.
- Persons suffering from anemia, can eat 2-3 fig fruits, soaked overnight in a glass of milk. Use these fruits with milk in the morning for a month.
- Take a half liter of water, add 50 grams of dried figs, barley, raisins. Cook over low heat under the lid for about 15 minutes. Then add 15 grams of sliced licorice root to the broth. Cover, leave to stand overnight. Take a teaspoon. This is an effective home remedy for constipation in children.
- If you have an unpleasant odor from your mouth, then it's enough to chew a couple of leaves of figs, and then rinse your mouth with warm water.
To treat urolithic or nephrolithiasis, it is recommended to cook figs in milk. Drinking this milk is useful very hot until the stones disappear.
For the treatment of breast cancer, folk medicine recommends figs. Its fruits have disinfectant, emollient properties, so folk medicine often uses them for preparation infusion, which is used as a rinse, poultices for colds, abscesses, with inflammation of mucous membranes shells. They are especially useful for external use in cancer, as they hinder the development of the disease.
Traditional medicine uses fruits and leaves of the plant. Fresh figs or juice is applied to erysipelas every 2 hours. The disease is cured for 1 day.
Sulfur is a vital element that is part of proteins as sulfur-containing amino acids (cystine, cysteine, methionine), and also in the composition of certain vitamins, hormones. Formation of inulin occurs only at a normal concentration of sulfur in the body. A fig contains a lot of sulfur.
Milky juice of leaves, green stems is recommended for hard-to-resolve tumors, ulcers. Juice leaves can bring a tattoo, they are treated with scabies, it will help you get rid of warts, acne.
It is useful to take figs for the elderly or weakened people, because the regular use of these dried fruits helps to rejuvenate, strengthen the body, helps to restore the body after the disease.
For many centuries, figs have been recommended as a way to correct sexual body dysfunctions, such as infertility or erectile dysfunction. Its real success as an aphrodisiac is doubtful, but the huge amount of valuable vitamins, minerals that it contains, can lead to a sudden increase in sexual energy. Soak 2-3 fruits of figs in milk for the night, eat them in the morning to increase their sexual abilities.↑ back to content ↑
Harm to the figs for the body, precautionary measures
- too much eaten figs can cause diarrhea;
- dried fruits due to high sugar content can cause caries;
- in some people, figs can cause an allergic reaction - from mild to severe;
- it is best not to consume it too much for a week or two before surgery because it dilutes blood, which can sometimes cause bleeding in people who are sensitive to it;
- as always, before making serious decisions on lifestyle changes, talk with your doctor or health care provider.
Fig is a plant-doctor. Alexander of Macedon knew about the useful properties of figs - tired soldiers enough to eat a few dried fruits to restore strength. He also knew that the fig gruel quickly heals wounds, helps with poisoning, heart disease, lungs, stomach, liver..
Useful properties of figs are not subject to doubt. Fruits contain iron more than apples, and brewed with hot milk are an excellent cough remedy, a good antipyretic, diaphoretic. Contraindications, of course, there are, but if you observe the measure, then harm can be avoided.