The common fig, otherwise known as the ficus carica, is a monoecious, deciduous tree or a large shrub. Among the highest plant sources for calcium and fiber, dried figs are abundant in fiber, copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and vitamin K, as reported by USDA data for the Mission variety.

Traditionally used for treating sexual weakness by soaking two or three figs in milk overnight which are then consumed the next morning. Eating figs are thought to be an effective cure for treating sore throat because of their high mucilage content, and are believed to relieve fatigue and boost brain power as well.

Known for its laxative effect and antioxidants, the fruit is good source of flavonoids and polyphenols, and are beneficial to the digestive system. A separate study showed a 40g portion of dried figs to produce significant increase in plasma antioxidant capacity.

Dried figs are also said to contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which are useful in preventing coronary heart diseases.

Finally, leaving on mashed figs on your face for 10-15 minutes are also thought to be useful for treating acne and pimples. 



last update by M 12/7/2012

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