5 Heath Benefits and Risk of Figs

5 Heath Benefits and Risk of Figs

The fig tree is the multipurpose deciduous, flowering plant native to Asia. It can tolerate drought and grow in the elevation above seventeen hundred meters above the sea level. It is considered being the close relative of the mulberry family.

It can attend the height up to ten meters. Propagation is mostly by the vegetative means. The fruit is around 4 centimeter in diameter and upon ripening the green skin changes to brown or purple.


It can be consumed in any form. Usually, the fresh fig is used in various culinary manuals. Further, it is often consumed when dried. It is often rolled like the cookie when dried and store for long period of time.

There are risk and health benefit upon consumption of figs:

Side Effects

Consuming excess of fig fruits can have the adverse effect on the human body. It can upset the absorption of calcium in the blood stream. Lowering of the blood sugar can occur. It can put the burden on the liver, possibly cause bowl upset can leads to diarrhea. Allergies can also occur. Moderation is the key for the optimum benefit.

Health Benefit

Fig fruit contains the high amount of carbohydrate, the moderate amount of protein and fat. It has innate vitamin C, and vitamin B-complex like B 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 9 in moderate amount. Minerals like calcium, iron, Manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, Sodium and zinc are present in the slight amount.

1. Constipation

The innate fiber in the fig is good for adequate bowl movement. Traditionally, it is given as the oral supplement to the infants for the aid in digestion.

2. Retard Aging Process

As fig is reached in antioxidant and has the potent effect in reducing the damage at the cellular level by free radical in the body.

3. Hemorrhoids

Consumption of the fig is believed to beneficial for the one suffering from Hemorrhoids.

4. Lowering Blood Process

This is possible due to the innate potassium in it.

5. Cancer

Due to the content of pectin the soluble fiber, fig can accelerate the bowl movement and possibly reduce the occurrence of the colon cancer. There have been claims on the reduction in the occurrence of breast cancer by its consumption.


1.     https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/2250?fg=&man=&lfacet=&count=&max=&sort=&qlookup=&offset=&format=Full&new=&measureby=
3.     http://www.crfg.org/pubs/ff/fig.html


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