Fantastic figs for fighting cancer

Figs seem to be in abundance at the moment. Every time I pop to the market, there they are looking temptingly delicious.

figsThey taste wonderful roasted or drizzled with a splash of organic extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar – but they are perfect just as they are, fresh and fruity.

A Natural Cure

And as well as tasting food – let’s not forget, they do you good as well. In fact fresh figs are the natural cure for a number of disease and illnesses.

They’re rich in potassium and fibre which means they have a stabilizing effect on the blood pressure, and they also contain anti-diabetic and anti-tumour properties, and because they contain calcium, potassium and soluble fibre, they aid in the reduction of cholesterol.

Preventing Diabetes

Fresh figs, especially the variety Black Mission, are good sources of poly-phenolic flavonoid anti-oxidants such as ascarotenes, lutein and chlorogenic acid – all of which are important in controlling blood glucose levels in type-II diabetes mellitus (adult onset) condition. They also have good levels of the B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine, folates and pantothenic acid – vital for aiding healthy metabolism.

Fighting Cancer

In addition they can protect us from cancer, degenerative diseases and infections, due to their anti-oxidant vitamin content which includes A, E and K.

Eat them dried and you are upping your levels of essential source minerals such as calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc; potassium helps to keep our heart rates steady and copper is required in the production of red blood cells, while iron is essential for cellular oxidation.

Great in the bedroom!

Figs also promote good sleeping habits and can aid insomnia, as well as increasing energy levels and promoting stronger bones, and due to their laxative effect, they can combat constipation! They also reduce stomach acid – great for curing indigestion suffered in pregnancy, and if the leaves are mashed, they can be used as a skin cleanser for acne and pimples.  Figs also increase sexual desire and promote overall longevity and good health.

Know Your Kadota from a Brown Turkey

Varieties to look out or include Calimyrna which has a golden skin and a nutty flavour, Black Mission, with its dark purple skin, Kadota which is the American-type seedless fig and the novel-sounding Brown Turkey which is the one you will see most of the time in the fresh markets. This fig is copper-coloured with small streaks of purple and a white flesh.

Another great quality about figs is their calorific value: 100g of fresh fruits amounts to only 74 calories, so there’s no need to break the diet. The next time you’re at the market, make sure you pick up some fresh, fabulous figs.

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Virginia Mason

Virginia Mason has joined NaturalCures.com as a writer and editor. Virginia has a journalistic background of more than 30 years, working in various roles with regional, daily newspapers. Before joining NaturalCures.com she worked as a features writer and columnist, covering a variety of topics from the serious to light-hearted, interviewing various subjects including health professionals, politicians, artists and Hollywood superstars! She has a passion for wholesome and organic food and cooking and baking, and a keen interest in natural health and alternative and complementary medicine. She is particularly interested in the natural healing properties of plants and herbs. In her spare time she likes to relax through Pilates.

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Virginia Mason has joined NaturalCures.com as a writer and editor. Virginia has a journalistic background of more than 30 years, working in various roles with regional, daily newspapers. Before joining NaturalCures.com she worked as a features writer and columnist, covering a variety of topics from the serious to light-hearted, interviewing various subjects including health professionals, politicians, artists and Hollywood superstars! She has a passion for wholesome and organic food and cooking and baking, and a keen interest in natural health and alternative and complementary medicine. She is particularly interested in the natural healing properties of plants and herbs. In her spare time she likes to relax through Pilates.

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