Figs are particularly heart-healthy. High potassium levels combined with low sodium levels help lower blood pressure, and high levels of polyphenol antioxidants help prevent atherosclerosis. A 3.5-ounce serving of dried figs contains up to 50 times the polyphenol content of most other fruits, Figs also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and phytosterol compounds, which help lower cholesterol levels and preserve the flexibility of your arteries. Their fibre binds to cholesterol, helping to eliminate it from your body.  Figs are also said to help with metabolism.

Fig Leaves

Fig leaves are said to help maintain good kidney function.

Considerations

Dried figs are high in sugar and calories relative to their fresh counterparts, with 55 percent of their weight being sugar, which amounts to 185 calories per 1/2-cup serving. If you are diabetic or pre diabetic consult your doctor or nutritionist first.

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