#10 - Figs - Not Just Another Sweet Treat

Figs are the food of choice this month. I fed them to my children when they were babies for their high mineral, vitamin and fiber content. Plus they loved the sweetness. Many people enjoy them fresh or made into a pie or other dessert.

Figs are high in manganese, potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, chlorine and vitamins A, B1 and B2. The B vitamins help with intestine regulation, one of the reasons why they are considered to help those with constipation problems. The potassium content helps to control blood pressure. The natural calcium is easily used by the human body so benefits our bones. They also work well as a diuretic, a blood cleanser and to aid the liver.

Many people don't realize that the leaf of the fig is also beneficial (and edible) and have been shown to have anti-diabetic properties.

If using dried figs, be sure to use organic figs so as to avoid the sulphates used in the drying process.

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