Forget Fig Bars, Check out the 10 Health Benefits of Real Figs

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Figs, the sweet fruit with the funny name. Ok, so they look kinda funny too. However, figs have so much going for them in the way of nutrition, and that is no joke.

Figs originated in the Western part of Asia and have tons of health benefits, almost too many to name here. Forget about eating those junk “fig bars”, real figs are packed with calcium, potassium, iron, prebiotics, and phosphorus, just to name a few of their important nutrients.

While sap from the fig tree itself has been used traditionally to treat warts, insect bites, ringworm and other skin irritations, it’s the sweet fruit that grows almost year round that makes people buy and plant these trees.

Take a look at the top 10 health benefits that come from eating sweet, delectable figs.


1. Help with insomnia

It’s true! Figs contain tryptophan, which is an amino acid that makes you feel relaxed and sleepy. Turkey meat also contains a lot of this amino acid, but why not have a couple sweet figs before you fall asleep. Maybe these sweet treats will also give you sweet dreams.


2. Reduces cholesterol

Figs are high in a type of soluble fiber called pectin, which is known to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood.


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3. Natural laxative

The same fiber that helps to reduce cholesterol levels can also have a strong laxative effect so don’t eat too many at one time.


4. Support digestive health

Figs are a great source of prebiotics, which help to support a healthy digestive system by adding to your gut’s good bacteria levels.


5. Prevent cancer

Figs are high in antioxidants which, besides stopping premature aging, they also stop free radicals from damaging cells, which can prevent certain types of cancer from forming.

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