Figs also known as Anjeer in India, belong to Mulberry family. Fresh fruits are lusciously sweet and crunchy seeds add to the taste. Dried figs are sweet and chewy. Dried ones are available throughout the year. This nutritious fruit is used as main ingredient in many sweet and spicy dishes. Texts of ayurveda refer to this fruit as FALGU or RAJAOUDUMBARA.
Figs are heavy to digest and have cold potency. They are rich in fiber, vitamin B6, copper, potassium, manganese and pantothenic acid. According to principles of ayurveda figs mitigate vata and pitta.
Health Benefits of Fig
REDUCES HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
Persons suffering from high blood pressure get benefited by these fruits. Many people have a tendency to consume high amount of sodium through fast foods and processed food. They do not eat fresh vegetables and fruits which are rich in potassium. This sodium and potassium imbalance leads to high blood pressure. Figs are high in potassium and also act as diuretic. They help to balance sodium, potassium levels and reduce blood pressure.
HELPS IN DETOXIFICATION AND BLOOD PURIFICATION
These fruits stimulate the liver and expel the accumulated toxins thus helping in liver detox. They purify the blood and increase the hemoglobin level. Hence these fruits are praised as having “rakta shodhaka” and “rakta vriddhikara” properties.
FIGS FOR CONSTIPATION AND PILES
Ayurveda acharyas recommend these fruits in constipation and piles. The snehana or softening and mridvirechana or mildly laxative properties of these fruits help to empty bowels without any trouble. Figs are rich in fiber and they also act as mild laxative. They increase the bulk of fecal matter and soften it. These properties are of great help for persons suffering from constipation and piles. Regular consumption of figs aids in passing the stools easily without any difficulties.
INCREASES HEALTHY BODY WEIGHT AND BOOSTS STRENGTH
According to principles of Ayurveda water and earth elements always increase the body bulk. Figs are rich in these elements and help to increase the body weight. It boosts the body strength and immunity. Figs help to gain weight when consumed with milk.
LOWERS CHOLESTEROL AND PROTECTS HEART
Figs contain soluble fiber called pectin. These fibers mop up the cholesterol globules and expel them out of body. Thus figs are very helpful in reducing cholesterol. Dried figs contain fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega -6. These reduce the risk of coronary heart diseases.
FIGS FOR MENHEALTH
Figs are eulogized as Vrishya or aphrodisiac by Ayurveda Acharyas. They are used as shukra dhatu increasing ingredient in Vajikarana Therapy. As they are rich in amino acids, they help to increase libido and are very useful in erectile dysfunction. Figs also boost sexual stamina and sexual energy.
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