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Description

The fig is a fruit that contains 80% water and several vitamins. Due to the cradine, one of its components, this fruit is ideal to improve the digestive process.

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Possible Benefits

  • May improve digestion
  • May improve immunity
  • May decrease stress
  • May boost energy 
  • May reduce cholesterol
  • May protect vision
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How to Do It

You can consume fresh or dried figs. 

We recommend preparing a salad made of figs, apples and almonds. Simply cut them and add them to a bowl with some yogurt. You can add a few pieces of celery if you like the taste.

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Why it works

  • Cradine, a compound found in fig, provides some digestive acids and enzymes, which promotes healthy digestion. 
  • Zinc and vitamin C, also found fig, support the immune system. 
  • It has a high content of sugars, such as fructose, which provide high energy content. 
  • Zinc also helps with eye health and decreases degenerative damage.
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Time Commitment

2-5 minutes

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Suggested Frequency

2 times per week 

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Time of Day

Morning

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Possible Side Effects

If consumed in excess, it can have a laxative effect. 

Some people may experience allergic reactions.

It can lower your body’s sugar level.

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Tips

  • Dried figs have a higher concentration of some vitamins, such as K, B1, calcium, and magnesium.
  • If you want more energy, consume the dried figs! 
  • If you have fast intestinal transit, it is not recommended that you consume figs.
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Supporting Studies and Articles

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  1. Review on fresh and dried figs: Chemical analysis and occurrence of phytochemical compounds, antioxidant capacity and health effects. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30884655/ 
  2. Apple salad with figs and almonds. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/recipes/apple-salad-with-figs-and-almonds/rcp-20049631 
  3. Long-Term Dietary Supplementation of Pomegranates, Figs and Dates Alleviate Neuroinflammation in a Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4373715/ 
  4. Study of the Effect of an Oral Formulation of Fig and Olive on Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Remission Indicators: A Randomized Clinical Trial. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5149042/ 
  5. Ficus carica L. (Moraceae): Phytochemistry, Traditional Uses and Biological Activities. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3789402/ 
  6. Zinc and the eye. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11349933/#:~:text=Zinc%2C%20a%20trace%20element%20that,particularly%20in%20retina%20and%20choroid
  7. Figs Were First. https://harvardmagazine.com/2007/01/figs-were-first.html
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 Stress  Health  Digestion  Immunity  Energy
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