Figs Are One of The Most Alkaline Fruits Available. Alkalize Your Body to Prevent Cancer
One of the oldest cultivated plants is the Fig tree. Since ancient times this plant has been highly appreciated for it’s health benefits and has been symbol of peace, fertility and prosperity.
The history of the figs dates back to the Sumerian King Urukagina in 2,900 B.C, there were the first written evidence found for cultivating plants.
The origins of the fig come from Western Asia, it passed a quite long time until it spread to Europe (throughout Mediterranean first) and finally the Spaniards brought it to America in 1520 where Spanish Missionary Priests planted them and are known as the California Mission Figs.
Figs and fig trees are mentioned numerous times in the Bible. Hezekiah. The Jewish King, was cured from the plague with fig treatment, by applying figs to the infected spot ( 2 Kings 20:7).
Plato described that the Greek athletes were fed diets of figs, it was believed that figs improve their strength and performance. In the Hellenic period it was forbidden to export figs because of the numerous advantages.
In ancient Egypt, Greece and Arabia were known medicine for treatment of sores, boils, malaria, fever, leprosy, measles, tumors, and syphilis by the ancient physicians.
This tree is so amazing, it can live and bear fruits for over two centuries, if the condition are favorable.
The figs are ready to be consumed from June to October, the best time to eat them is when there are ripe. The same Ripe figs are the most reach ones with antioxidants.
In case you want to store them, you can do so, just place them in a fridge and they will last for around 2-3 days. It’s important to wash them before consumption.
Thus, the consumption of figs is invaluable, as they can provide numerous health benefits, promote weight loss and cause no side-effects.
Figs structure is very rich with valuable nutrients, like vitamins: A, C, B1, B3, PP, pectin substances, proteins, organic acids, cellulose, iron, sodium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium.
From the iron and the phosphorus there are significant improvement in the function of the heart muscle, the immune system and over all health.
Even the leaves of the fig tree are so healthy they contain high amounts of flavonoids and polyphenols, like syringic acid, epicatechin, rutin, catechin, gallic acid and chlorogenic acid. It contain extracts of psoralen and essential oils have potent antibacterial, antifungal properties and also fig leaves possess anti-diabetic properties.
Most valuable Health Benefits of Figs
Slowing down aging process: the concentration of flavonoids, polyphenols and anthocyanins makes the figs high in antioxidants which help neutralize the free radicals that accelerate the aging process.
Losing Weight: A helpful digestive enzyme called ficin and a lot of fiber that the Figs contain, it helps to metabolize the protein into amino acids. So by that the consumption of figs it promotes the work of the digestive system. Digestive enzymes use saliva to break down food starches into smaller molecules. Ficin also contributes to the laxative properties of figs.
Preventing Cancer: Recent studies show that the phytochemical called benzaldehyde which are found in figs have cancer-fighting capabilities.
Controlling High Blood Pressure: Figs contain potassium which is a mineral that helps to control hypertension and blood pressure.
Bone Strengthening: These fruits are abundant in calcium and phosphorus, which help the formation and bones and promote regeneration in the case of damage.
Anemia prevention: They are also rich in iron, which prevents anemia and helps the formation of red blood cells.
Improving digestion process: The soluble fiber that figs contain, make them perfect help for the digestion, also it regulates and controls blood sugar levels.
We recommend the consumption because they are simply invaluable. Also feel free to give to children for the treatment of colds.
Source: Healthy Food House