Benefits of figs
- Aids digestion
- Juice kills bacteria
- Juice kills roundworms
- Fights cancer
Figs are similar to the paw-paw and pineapple, having the protein enzymes called cradein or ficin. Figs are a super food, in that they contain up to four times the total mineral content of other foods. Figs are especially high in calcium, surpassing most foods. They are also high in iron and copper - good for those with anaemia.
It has been known for centuries that figs have been recommended to treat cancer, constipation, scurvy, haemorrhoids, gangrene, liver conditions, boils, skin eruptions, and to restore energy and vitality.
Figs were used in Roman times for long standing illnesses and chronic conditions. Even the gladiators were fed figs. The ancient Egyptian king Mithryda, in 1551 B.C. proclaimed figs a health tonic. Reportedly Aaron Burr had a swollen jaw, disfiguring pimples, and infected skin boils. He applied a poultice of figs and by morning the swelling had reputedly gone down.
Japanese scientists at the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research at the Mitsubishi-Kasei Institute of Life Sciences in Tokyo, have isolated an anti-cancer chemical from figs, and used it to treat cancer patients. First, they implanted adenocarcinomas in mice, then injected the animals with a distillate made from frozen figs, homogenised with water. The fig injections shrunk the tumours by an average thirty-nine percent. The Japanese identified the active fig agent as benzaldehyde. Oral doses of the fig distillate were given to human cancer patients, with some success. Later they injected the fig chemical with dramatic results. Fifty-five percent of patients with advanced cancer improved when injected with doses of a benzaldehyde derivative. Seven patients went into complete remission, twenty-nine into partial remission. Patients given the fig substance generally lived longer. This substance proved more markedly effective on human malignant tumours than on experimental tumours in mice.
Scientists have isolated from figs, enzymes called finis that help digestion. Fig juice has also killed bacteria in test tubes and roundworms in dogs.
Figs are a wonderful fruit – why not enjoy some today?