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Benefits of Aththi Pazham| Medicinal uses of Fig
A native to Asia Minor or present day Turkey, figs were first cultivated in Egypt. The history of fig traces back to ancient writings and the Bible. This fruit became famous when Adam and Eve covered their nakedness with fig leaves; some scholars believed that the forbidden fruit picked up by Eve was a fig and not an apple. Sumerian stone tablets dating back to 2500 BC also indicate the usage of figs. Indigenous to Western Asia, the fig-growing territory stretched from Afghanistan to southern Germany and the Canary Islands. Gradually spreading to ancient Crete and then to Greece around the 9th century, figs became a staple food. As per the Roman myth, the wolf that took care of the twin founders of Rome, namely Romulus and Remus, rested under a fig tree. During that period, over 29 varieties of figs were already discovered. With time, ancient conquerors introduced figs to other regions of the Mediterranean and in the early 16th century, they were taken to the Western Hemisphere by the Spaniards. The missionaries, who worked in San Diego in California, planted several fig trees. From here, the fruits spread to Virginia, Carolinas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. Today, Turkey, Greece, Portugal, Spain and California are the largest cultivators of figs.
Health Benefits of Fig
* Figs are known to lower and control high blood pressure since they are packed with potassium, a mineral useful
for controlling hypertension. People often complain of potassium deficiency and figs are an excellent source
that can be added to their daily diet.
* Rich in calcium, figs enhance bone density. They help in overcoming the loss of urinary calcium and thereby
preventing the bones from thinning out.
* Enriched with high quality dietary fiber, figs are extremely beneficial for the digestive system. In fact, it
improves metabolism and keeps stomach related ailments like constipation and indigestion, at bay.
* Not only the fruits, but also the leaves of figs are beneficial. They help in lowering the levels of
triglycerides, which are major form of fat produced and stored in the body. Increased triglycerides are often
associated with obesity and heart disease.
* Figs contain a high amount of fiber compared to any other dried or fresh fruit. While insoluble fiber provides
protection against colon and breast cancer, soluble fiber helps in lowering blood cholesterol.
* The fiber is also essential in reducing the risk of contracting chronic illnesses such as heart disease and
diabetes. In addition, it adds bulk to stools thereby promoting proper bowel functioning.
* Since ages, figs have been used to reducing sexual weakness. Soaking 2-3 figs in milk is known to enhance
* Fiber and fiber-rich foods such as figs promote weight loss and are highly recommended for obese people.
However, when figs are taken with milk, they improve weight or induce weight gain.
* Elderly people often lose their eyesight due to macular degeneration. Fruits like figs are great in sharpening
vision and keeping the risk of eye diseases away.
* Studies reveal that figs help in reducing the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women. It was found that
women who consume more fibrous fruits, such as apples, dates, figs, pears, and prunes, are at a lesser risk.
* Figs have been quite useful in various respiratory disorders like whooping cough and asthma. Furthermore, they
are also good in treating constipation, indigestion, stomach ache, fever, earache, boils, abscesses, venereal
diseases and promoting good health of the liver.