Sunday, January 17, 2021
Can Figs Help Relieve Hypertension?

Can Figs Help Relieve Hypertension?

Figs contain high potassium levels, which when combined with low sodium levels help lower blood pressure. Most of us tend to avoid fruits and consume packed foods which are high on sodium content, which may result in hypertension. Figs can settle the nerves and bring calmness and relaxation. Dried figs are known to provide more fiber than any other fruit.
According to Medical News today, by the year 2025, the number of people living with high blood pressure (hypertension) is predicted to be 1.56 billion, worldwide.

Facts About Hypertension

  • Hypertension is having a blood pressure that is typically higher than 140 (systolic) over 90 (diastolic) mmHg.
  • While many factors contribute to hypertension, lifestyle (sedentary) and diet (fatty foods and excess salt) play a major role.

Figs are one of the natural foods that are considered to be beneficial for controlling hypertension and pre-hypertension (systolic between 120 and 140 or diastolic between 80 and 90).

Figs To Relieve Hypertension

1/4 cup serving of dried figs contains 93 calories, 1 gram of protein, 0.4 gram of fat and 24 grams of carbohydrate, including 4 grams of fiber, or 16 percent of the daily value for fiber.

  • Dried figs have proven by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to provide more fiber per serving than any other fruit! According to the study published in the Journal of Hypertension, increased dietary fiber consumption may provide a safe and acceptable means to reduce blood pressure in patients with hypertension.
  • Figs contain high potassium levels and low sodium levels – this combination helps lowerblood pressure.
  • Figs can lower your triglyceride levels, which helps in treating heart diseases and blood flow issues.

How To Consume Figs

Figs should always be washed before consumption.
Dried figs:  Soak to soften before you eat them. Buying natural figs without any sulfite or potassium sorbate preservatives is very important. Naturally dried figs are always darker in color than those with preservatives.They can be stored in sealed packages for six months in the refrigerator. Dried figs are preferred if you have hypertension since one serving of dried figs can give you 10 percent of your daily potassium intake according to the American Heart Association. 
Fresh figs: Combine fresh fig slices with baby kale, caramelized shallots and pepitas to make a delicious nutritious salad. You could also just peel and eat them, add them to jams, baked foods etc.