Dried figs, known as Anjeer, are rich in dietary fiber. It prevents constipation and other digestive problems, since it is a natural laxative. Figs are low in calories too. So, dried figs are an ideal snack if you want to lose some weight. The level of sodium increases when eating more salt. Then the sodium-potassium balance is disturbed, which results in hypertension. Dried figs are great for restoring this balance and preventing hypertension. One dried fig has 129mg of potassium and 2mg of sodium.
Dried figs are rich in antioxidants, and even more than natural figs. According to a study, dried figs have superior quality of phenols, the antioxidants, in comparison to other fruits that attribute their antioxidant property to vitamin C and E. The rich antioxidant content in dried figs eliminates free radicals that can damage blood vessels and trigger heart disease. Also, there are some other studies that say that dried figs reduce the triglycerides levels that play a great role in heart disease. Antioxidant-rich dried figs can help preventing cellular DNA damage due to free radicals that can produce dangerous cells. Together with other food that is rich in calcium, dried figs can improve bone density and strength. One dried fig consists of 3% calcium. Dried figs are good for people with diabetes. Eating dried figs will help you increase your hemoglobin levels by increasing the iron levels in your body. Iron is an important mineral that carries hemoglobin throughout the human body. Ancient Greeks used figs as an aphrodisiac. They were considered to be a sacred fruit and were related to fertility and love. Figs can improve fertility and libido because are rich in minerals and zinc, manganese and magnesium which are very important in boosting reproductive health.