Figs: Fit for Fertility

Infertility may occur due to many reasons. It can be due to inadequate levels of certain hormones in both men and women. There are many methods in Ayurveda that have been chartered out to cure infertility. Consuming Figs are one among them. Here’s more about this miracle fruit. 

Figs have been believed to increase fertility since the time of Ancient Greeks, and now we have proven scientific evidence for this. Figs contain a lot of iron, which are important for healthy eggs and ovulation.

These small round fruits resembling ovaries and testes are full of small seeds just like the eggs and sperm and are regarded as sacred by Romans. It is a known fact that the ancient Greeks outlawed the export of figs. That’s how precious they were in the ancient times. During the days of yore, figs were a symbol of prosperity and peace. They were considered to be rich in nutrients like calcium and fibre which is necessary for mopping up excess oestrogen and xenoestrogens from our digestive system.

Figs also protect one from breast cancer, promote bone density, protect the cardiovascular system and lower high blood pressure. They are not just healthy but divine in taste too.

Figs are an extremely good source of fibre, vitamins and essential minerals, and are a sweet way to boost your fertility nutrition. They grow on the ficuscarica tree which is a member of the mulberry family and are thought to have been first cultivated in Egypt. Today, California remains one of the largest producers of figs, in addition to Turkey, Greece, Portugal and Spain.

Whether figs are fresh or dried they are a good source of calcium, manganese, fibre, potassium, zinc and vitamin B6. Fully ripened fresh figs contain the most antioxidants. They help to protect the heart and lower blood pressure because they contain a good amount of potassium. Figs can help with male fertility in that they have been shown to increase the motility and number of sperm.

Soft and sweet, fresh figs are gorgeous when eaten with meat, salads and desserts. They are also great in rejuvenating fertility in women.

The fig tree has a mild laxative effect and is a rich source of calcium and thus can easily replace milk products.

It is understood that a half cup full of figs equals to that amount of calcium that is stored in a half cup of milk. It is simply amazing all that is packed within the little fig fruit.

It is also understood that milk from the fig tree has the ability to eliminate warts. There are people who are allergic to figs, so one should be careful while consuming them.

It is said that even before the United States was located on the world map, there were figs. Figs in the past days symbolized fertility, abundance and sweetness. A fig in a painting or in a home was there to show that those who had the figs were kind hearted people who were prosperous in their lives. For this reason, amongst others, many people always tried to acquire figs.

Some of the other noteworthy uses of Figs are expounded below:-

Improves digestion: Anjeer(dried figs) is rich in dietary fibre. It’s a natural laxative for preventing constipation and other digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Helps in weight loss: Apart from being rich in fibre, dried figs are low in calories. One piece of dried fig gives you just 47 calories. So, dried figs are an ideal snack for people who want to lose weight.If you are actively trying to lower your BMI (Body Mass Index) in preparation for fertility treatment or if you are just watching your weight, figs are very useful to include in your diet as they are high in fibre and help to keep you feeling full.

Prevents hypertension: When you eat more salt, the level of sodium in your body increases. This disturbs the sodium-potassium balance and in turn results in hypertension. Anjeer is an ideal fruit to restore this balance. One dried fig gives you 129 mg of potassium and just 2 mg of sodium. This helps prevent hypertension.

Rich in antioxidants: Dried figs are rich in antioxidants. A study suggested that processed, dried figs are superior to natural figs when it comes to antioxidants. The study also mentions that dried figs have superior quality of antioxidants, called phenols, compared to other fruits that attribute their antioxidant property to vitamin C and E.

Prevents heart disease: The high levels of antioxidants in dried figs help to eliminate free radicals that can damage blood vessels and result in heart disease. And, as mentioned earlier, they prevent hypertension, a huge risk factor for development of coronary heart disease (CHD).

Prevents cancer: Antioxidant-rich dried figs also help in preventing cellular DNA damage due to free radicals that can make a cell cancerous.

Good for diabetes: The high fibre content in figs makes them good for people with diabetes. However, dried figs are high in sugar content. So you should consult a diabetologist about the quantity of dried figs you can consume.It is not just the fruit of this tree that is useful for diabetic patients even their leaves have insulin lowering properties.

Cures iron-deficiency anaemia: Dried figs are a rich source of iron. One dried fig can give you 2% of your daily iron requirement. Iron is an important mineral that carries haemoglobin throughout your body. So eating anjeer is a natural way to raise your haemoglobin levels indirectly by increasing the levels of iron in your body.

Improves reproductive health: According to ancient literature, the Greeks used fig as a natural aphrodisiac. Figs were considered sacred fruit and were closely associated with fertility and love. Scientifically, figs improve fertility and libido because they are loaded with minerals like zinc, manganese and magnesium which play an important role in boosting reproductive health.

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