Did you know that the fig is a flower? Although it seems incredible, the fig tree is a tree that reaches 4 m in height and whose flowers as they mature become such a fruit appetizing and nutritious that we all know. In addition to all the benefits that we are going to tell you, the fig tree is a tree that bears fruit throughout the year.
Figs contain many vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B3 and vitamin C. And within their minerals we find manganese, potassium, phosphorus, copper, and calcium.
It is also an important source of carbohydrates and amino acids.
This fruit has healing properties especially for the skin as it helps to remove warts, calluses and is effective as reaffirming. It contains high amounts of fiber and is an effective laxative. The figs contain antioxidants and favor the digestive process.
But today in particular we want to talk about another part of this tree that has medicinal properties and that is able to contribute to the treatment of diabetes: leaves of the fig tree
It is unusual to use the leaves of this tree as a healing element, but it is important to know that we can not miss the opportunity to use fig leaves to treat different diseases. In addition to diabetes, leaves of the fig tree can cure bronchitis, genital warts, cirrhosis, ulcers, skin problems and help control blood pressure.
In the case of diabetes, fig leaves can help patients need less insulin during treatment if they consume the fig leaf extract. A tea of fig leaves during breakfast can represent an important help for diabetic patients.
It has also been shown that fig leaf can reduce triglyceride levels, that body fat storage. While triglycerides must be present in our blood for the proper functioning of the body, a high rate encourages obesity and heart disease.
Some studies suggest that chewing two fig leaves and finally eating the leaf may help to diminish the effects of ulcers as long as they are consumed on an empty stomach.
The fiber that have both the figs and the leaves of the fig tree have a laxative effect, give a feeling of satiety and therefore become an alternative for those who follow diets to lose weight.
How to prepare a tea of fig leaves?
Boil several fig leaves in a bowl for 15 minutes. Strain, let stand the infusion for five minutes and sweeten it with a teaspoon of honey.
This is a good option to incorporate the properties of fig leaves and enjoy all its benefits.