Olives and figs are extremely important food products that have countless health benefits. Therefore, they should both be included in an individual’s daily diet intake. Both figs and olives are rich in antioxidants and therefore fight the negative effects of the sun. Even in modern skin care concepts, both olive oils and figs are making a huge comeback. Their health benefits and healing properties have been revered for centuries.
Olive oil is rich in fatty acids which makes it an excellent moisturizer. Olive oil is also high in monounsaturated fatty acids. Combined with its antioxidant properties, olives protect against heart disease by controlling bad cholesterol levels and raising HDL, the good cholesterol levels. Moreover, olives are good for the stomach. It has a beneficial effect on ulcers and gastritis. Moreover, it increases the secretion of bile and pancreatic hormones much more than that done by prescribed drugs. Therefore, it lowers the changed of gallstone formation.
Apart from heart disease, olives are also known to reduce the instance of colon cancer. There are studies that show that rats that are fed with diets supplemented with olive oil had a lower risk of colon cancer than others. Olives and olive oil are said to be effective in reducing the frequency and/or intensity of hot flashes in women, who are going through menopause.
Regular consumption of olive oil has been associated with decrease in systolic (maximum) as well as diastolic (minimum) blood pressure. Those who consume olives or olive oil are at a lesser risk of suffering from diabetes at later stages in life. Good quality olives and olive oil contain a natural chemical that also acts like a painkiller.
Figs, too, have many health important health benefits and hence should be consumed on a regular basis. Figs help in reducing constipation, help in reducing weight and also help an average person to reduce his or her cholesterol levels. They are also known to reduce coronary heart diseases and also help in preventing colon cancer. Figs can also strengthen bones, reduce hyper tension, prevent macular degeneration and provide relief for sore throats. Figs are quite useful in various respiratory disorders including whooping cough and asthma.
Since they are also good for digestion, they help in treating constipation, indigestion, stomach ache, etc. Fig is also good for fever, earache, boils, abscesses, venereal diseases and is excellent for the liver. Fig is a highly alkaline food, therefore helps to regulate the pH of the body. Figs are rich in flavonoids and polyphenols. These are antioxidants, which prevent the damage caused by free radicals. Fig is known for its soothing and laxative properties. Figs are low in fat and sugar.