The humble fig tree (ficus carica) provides a crop of fruit that is delicious and nourishing to eat and the fig and its leaves can form an important part of an organic, healthy and nutritious diet. However, did you know that medical research has shown that the fig can have important dietary and health benefits, among which the most important is its positive impact on diabetes 2,high blood
pressure, some cancers, cirrhosis of the liver, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, and skin problems such as ulcers and genital warts?These health giving attributes of the fig and its leavesare rarely considered by members of the public, due predominantly to a lack of awareness of these benefits.
BUY FICUS CARICA HERE
Here at My Fig Leaves, our mission is to change that lack of knowledge by providing carefully researched evidence of the health attributes of the fig and fig leaf. In addition, weoffer quality figtree plants that you can grow and nurture in your own home,thus providing you with a homegrown source of important nutritious fruit and leaves. We also supply ready-made organic healthy products that use extracts from the fig and its leaf, which can help to improve your health and wellbeing.
The properties of the fig/fig leaf
Why is the fig/fig leaf so beneficial to us? The US Department of Agriculture has confirmed that this is because the Fig is a natural product that is high in fiber, calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron and vitamins A, B, C and K. The fig also contains folic acids, sodium and Zinc, as well antioxidants, the latter of which has a laxative effect.
Diabetes 2: The rise in the numbers of people suffering from type 2 diabetes is causing concern across the medical profession globally. However, research has confirmed that fig leaves positively contribute to a reduction in the levels of external insulin required by people suffering from diabetes. Indeed, Nat Hawes, the author of Natural Cures, recently suggested that“fig leaves could be the ‘cure’ for diabetes and help regularise blood sugar levels”. A previous scientific study conducted by scholars in 1998also discovered that when diabetic participants were provided with fig leaf nutritional products, the subsequent average insulin dose required was reduced by 12%.
Also Read: Diabetes 2 and Royal Jelly Supplementation
Blood pressure: Maintaining a healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels is important to continued good health for all of us. Tea made from fig leaves or their extracts has been shown to have an effect in controlling blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as reducing the fatty deposits that can accumulate in blood vessels. Thus, the fig leaf can have a positive influence on helping to reduce obesity, as well as reducing the risk of cardiac problems such as heart attacks and strokes. Equally, as maintaining the level of red blood cells is important, the fig and its leaves have also proven to be of particular benefit to women during pregnancy.
Cancer: Cancer is a dreadful disease that affects so many people in the world today. Therefore, any product that helps to combat this disease is to be welcomed. Studies have indicated that the regular eating of figs can be beneficial in reducing the risks of certain types of cancer, such as prostrate, breast and colon cancers.
Bones: We all want, and indeed need, stronger bones, not least because they help to keep us active and mobile. With its combination of magnesium, calcium and K2, it has been found that the fig can help in the maintaining and building of stronger bones.
Insomnia: Lack of sleep resulting from insomnia can have an adverse effect on the quality of our daily lives. There is nothing worse than feeling tired and listless all day. Including the fig in your daily diet can have a positive benefit in improving your sleeping habits and providing you with that extra energy you need by reducing insomnia.
Skin conditions: Skin conditions such as acne, genital warts, shingles and ulcers and hemorrhoids are not only unsightly and often embarrassing, but they can also be very painful. The use of fig and fig leave extracts can provide external remedies that will help to cure these conditions, and thus help to relieve their painful consequences.
Stomach conditions: Due to its laxative content, the fig can have a positive effect in reducing constipation. The eating of the fig can also be beneficial in addressing other stomach problems such as ulcers.
Suggestions for use
The following are just a few suggestions of how you can use the fig and leaf as part of your daily diet and for other health giving benefits: