The Benefits of Fig for Health are mentioned in the Qur’an.
How many fruits are mentioned in Quran?
1. Fig mentioned in Quran
وَالتِّينِ وَالزَّيْتُونِ – التين: 1
[I swear] by the fig and the olive. (Quran, 95:1)
The reference to the fig in the first verse of Surat at-Tin is a wisest one in terms of the benefits imparted by this fruit.
2. History of Figs
Figs can trace their history back to the earliest of times with mentions in the Bible and other ancient writings. They are thought to have been first cultivated in Egypt. They spread to ancient Crete and then subsequently, around the 9th century BC, to ancient Greece, where they became a staple foodstuff in the traditional diet. Figs were held in such esteem by the Greeks that they created laws forbidding the export of the best quality figs. Figs were also revered in ancient Rome where they were thought of as a sacred fruit. During this period of history, at least 29 varieties of figs were already known.
4. Nutrients in Figs
- Fresh Figs
Fresh figs, especially black mission, are good in poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidants such as carotenes, lutein, tannins, chlorogenic acid…etc. Their anti-oxidant value is comparable to that of apples at 3200 umol/100 g (Trolex equivalents).
- Dried Figs
Dried figs are an excellent source of minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. In fact, dried fruits are higher concentrated sources of energy, minerals and vitamins. 100 g dried figs provide 249 calories. Dried figs are an excellent source of minerals like calcium, copper, potassium, manganese, iron, selenium and zinc. 100 g of dried figs contains 680 mg of potassium, 162 mg of calcium, and 2.03 mg of iron.
5. Health Benefits of Figs
- Protect against diseases and infections
Fresh figs contain adequate levels of some of the anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin A, E, and K. Altogether these phyto-chemical compounds in fig fruit help scavenge harmful oxygen-derived free radicals from the body and thereby protect us from cancers, diabetes, degenerative diseases and infections.
- Controls blood glucose levels
Research studies suggest that chlorogenic acid in them help lower blood sugar levels and control blood-glucose levels in type-II diabetes mellitus condition.
- Good for heart
Potassium found in figs is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.