Figs - Greece's favourite super fruit that relieves the gut and lowers pressure


Delicious, sweet, hearty and loved since ancient times. The reason for figs (Ficus carica) that today figs are considered something less than a food – miracle! After all, the Ancient Greeks considered them a gift from the gods, while the ancient Egyptians offered them to the gods!

Dr. Christopher Gardner, professor of medicine at Stanford University, characterizes them as a great but underrated kitchen ingredient that can be used in many ways.

One fig has 37 calories, and provides us with 2.5% of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of potassium, 2% of magnesium , 1% of iron and calcium.

Six dried figs provide 125 calories and higher amounts of magnesium (8%), potassium (7%), calcium (6%) and iron (6%).

Figs are a source of vitamin K, which, however, is noted to affect the effectiveness of warfarin anticoagulant therapy.

They are rich in sugars and fiber – more in dried ones – which make them an ideal choice for the proper functioning of the intestine. Six dried figs have 5g of fiber and 24g of sugars.

It is no coincidence that in traditional medicine figs are used for their action as laxatives.

Small-scale research in laboratory animals finds that fig extract is associated with a reduction in blood pressure in laboratory animals. Another small study of ten adults also found that compared to a high-sugar drink, fig extract was more effective in regulating blood sugar levels.

Rich in phytochemicals and antioxidants, figs emerge as a valuable superfood full of benefits both fresh and dried.

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