7 benefits of figs for anti-aging

7 benefits of figs for anti-aging

Origin of figs is the south of Arabia, and they were grown around 3000 B.C.They are written in Greek myth and the Old Testament. It is famous that Adam and Eve are wearing leaves of fig. Figs came to Japan in 1630, to Nagasaki, and we often seen them in markets especially from summer to winter when it’s their season.

Did you know that fig is called as a fruit of perpetual youth and longevity from old times that they are effective for anti-aging? Figs contain a lot of nutrients, which their functions work together to excrete waste from our body.

Let’s take a closer look at what kind of nutrients are in figs and how they are beneficial to anti-aging.



7 benefits of figs for anti-aging

 

1. Treasury of nutrients


A lot of sugar, citric acid, dietary fiber, minerals such as potassium and iron, polyphenol and other variety of nutrients are in figs.

Citric acid will suppress generation of lactic acid, which is a cause of fatigue, dietary fiber will improve the movement of bowel, and iron and potassium are essential minerals. They each have good effects for health. They also interact with each other to be more effective to our body.

 

2. Dietary fiber + protease = cure constipation


Fig fruit is rich in dietary fiber called pectin. Pectin is contained in many fruits, such as in orange skin or apples. And among all fruits, figs contain pectin the most.

Figs are good for constipation not only because of pectin. In addition to dietary fiber, they contain a lot of protease. Excess protein that didn’t become nutrient will be excreted from body, and a lot of protease will be needed to do so. Because figs contain protease as well, they will improve the movement of bowel.

Enzymes are not strong against heat, and lose their function when heated. Eating about 2 well ripe figs everyday will make a difference.

You might won’t be able to buy fresh figs in some seasons. If so, you can eat dried figs. Dietary fiber and minerals are concentrated more in dried figs than in fresh ones, so you can take more nutrients if you eat the same amount.

Fresh figs have dietary fiber and enzymes, and dried figs have concentrated nutrients. Both are effective and attractive. You can choose whichever you like.

 

3. Protease functions


Figs contain protease called ficin. This ficin has strong resolution effect that it is even said “to erase fingerprint by using figs”. Figs are often used to make meat soft in Europe.

In daily meal, you can eat figs together with meat or as a dessert to insist digestion and to maintain good condition of stomach and intestines. Eating figs after drinking alcohol will prevent hangover.

To tell you the truth, eating meat is not recommended for anti-aging, or prevention of aging. To remove fatigue or to maintain health, we require enzymes. However, digesting animal proteins also require a lot of enzymes. If enzymes are used to digest meat, you may lack enzymes for cell restoration…

To avoid it, it is important to take in enzymes from meal as well. Ficin contained in figs is enough to help digesting meat as well as effective for anti-aging.

 

4. Stimulates enzymes


Enzymes improve metabolism and help anti-aging. Enzymes are contained in figs as well, but enzymes can’t show their full ability by themselves. They need other nutrients to support them.

One of those nutrients is potassium. It stimulates functions of enzymes. When you lack potassium, you will get tired easily, function of muscles weakens, experience difficulties with urination and suffer constipation, and other metabolism will have problems.

It is said that potassium will not lack with normal eating habit, but you need more potassium if you have stress, often have stressful meal to your stomach, or keep drinking alcohol everyday. Also, potassium is excreted with urine and can’t be stored in body. That’s why we need to keep taking it.

Both protease and potassium are contained in figs.

 

5. Enemy of aging, prevention and relief of climacteric disorder


As we get older, it is difficult to avoid climacteric disorder. It is said to be caused by decrease of secretion of female hormones. When hormones are imbalanced, both our body and mentality feel out of shape.

The hormone causing climacteric disorder is called “estrogen”. Because estrogen is secreted, women have resilient breast, full and shiny hair, and it also improves blood circulation.

By supplementing estrogen-like substance, we can prevent or improve symptoms of climacteric disorder. Isoflavone in soybeans is the most popularly known substance we can take in from outside as estrogen-like substance.

Figs also contain vegetable origin estrogen, so you can supplement female hormone by eating figs. Improving constipation, stimulating enzymes, and female hormone…It is surprising how many effects figs have.

 

6. Suppression of active oxygen


Do you know the main cause of aging? It is “active oxygen”. It is very important to fight against virus and germs entered into our body. However when there is too much active oxygen, it will kill healthy cells as well, which will cause aging. Therefore, it is very important to protect ourselves from active oxygen. Active oxygen is not only generated by breathing and eating habit, but also by UV rays, air pollution, chemical substances and electromagnetic waves…they are things we can’t avoid in recent society.

So, what can we do to avoid active oxygen as much as possible? It is to eat nutrients with antioxidant effect. One of the known nutrients is polyphenol. It is popular as a nutrient for rejuvenation and anti-aging.

What is unique about figs is their purplish red color. This color is polyphenol. They are rich in “anthocyanin”, which is also contained in blueberries. It prevents aging of cells, very effective for anti-aging.

 

7. How to select figs


At last, let me talk about how to select delicious figs.

The season of figs is from summer to autumn. They are in markets between July to October, and generally said that they are better in autumn. When they are ripe, tips will start to split. You might not be able to find well ripe fruits in market, but you can tell when it is best to eat by their tips. Choose purple and shiny ones. Fresh figs won’t last long. When you can’t eat all, it is recommended to preserve them in sugar and keep them frozen.

How to conserve figs

Figs : sugar = 5 : 1
(1)Wipe figs with wet towel and lay them in one layer in a pan.
(2)Add sugar and leave it overnight.
(3)Place a pan over medium heat, and cook for 40 minutes to an hour, be careful not to scorch it.
(4)Remove scum, and remove from heat when bubbles get smaller and you hear sounds of bubbles.

By keeping it in a freezer, you can enjoy it any time of the year.

Also, dried figs are recommended. Nutrients will be concentrated by drying, so they are actually richer in nutrients than fresh ones. Sugar is concentrated as well, however, and they will be high in calories, so be careful not to eat too much.

 

Now, didn’t you surprise to see so many benefits of figs?

It seems that “one fig is enough for anti-aging”, but the effect of a fig to intestines and its enzymes are stronger than you expect. Eating too much will be stressful to your stomach, and may cause stomach troubles. Please be careful with the amount you eat.

 

Summary

7 benefits of figs for anti-aging

1. Treasury of nutrients
2. Dietary fiber + protease = cure constipation
3. Protease functions
4. Stimulates enzymes
5. Enemy of aging, prevention and relief of climacteric disorder
6. Suppression of active oxygen
7. How to select figs