Home & Garden Home 4 Health Benefits of Figs By Angela Nelson Writer Boston University Angela Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning digital editor and storyteller who covered a variety of general interest stories on MNN (now part of Treehugger) from 2014-2019. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Angela Nelson Updated September 24, 2020 Treehugger / Lara Antal Share Twitter Pinterest Email Home Sustainable Eating Pest Control Natural Cleaning DIY Family Green Living Thrift & Minimalism These beautiful fruits taste so deliciously sweet, it's hard to believe they're also really good for you. August is fig season, which runs through October each year. Multiple varieties of figs will beckon from grocery store shelves, like the Black Mission fig, the Brown Turkey fig, and the Green Kadota fig. You'll know they're ripe when they're slightly soft to the touch with no marks or breaks on the skin. If you've ever eaten a ripe fresh fig, you know they taste like a heavenly mix of honey and mild berry with a jam-like texture. But they're more than just delicious — they're super nutritious, too. Here are four ways figs can benefit your health. 1. They're high in fiber Anuwat Khamngoen / Shutterstock One large raw fig has about two grams of fiber. One serving of figs is generally two to three figs, depending on the size. That means eating a serving of figs can provide four to six grams of fiber — almost a quarter of the 28 grams the FDA suggests you eat each day. Fiber can help with digestive health by softening stool, making bowel movements more regular, and preventing constipation. It also helps keep cholesterol down, because the fiber binds cholesterol together and ships it out of your body. 2. They're a good source of potassium Anuwat Khamngoen / Shutterstock Potassium is a mineral that's important for heart health and managing blood pressure. Sure, you can get your fill of potassium with bananas and potatoes. But figs could make an interesting new addition to the mix! One large fig has 148 mg of potassium, and one serving of figs has about 10 percent of your daily requirement. 3. They're a source of vitamin A Indroulinas Elena / Shutterstock A serving of two medium-sized figs has about one percent of your daily requirement of vitamin A. Your body uses vitamin A in many ways: To enhance immune functionTo keep your vision healthyTo help keep your heart, lungs, and other organs healthyTo help with reproductive health Figs lose most of their vitamin A when they are dried, so use fresh figs if you're looking for this nutrient in particular. 4. They're rich in magnesium. marekuliasz / Shutterstock Figs are a good source of magnesium, and those benefits remain even after the fig is dried. One serving of figs has about eight to 12 percent of your daily requirement of magnesium, depending on your gender and age. Magnesium is a nutrient that's important for many things: Muscle and nerve functionBone healthBuilding proteinsMaintaining blood sugar and blood pressure levels View Article Sources “Fig.” University of California. Murray, Michael T., et al. “The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.” Atria Books. 2005. Kong, Michelle, et al. “Fruit skin side cracking and ostiole-end splitting shorten postharvest life in fresh figs (Ficus carica L.), but are reduced by deficit irrigation.” Postharvest Biology and Technology, 2013, vol. 85, pp. 154-161., doi:10.1016/j.postharvbio.2013.06.004 “Fig, Raw.” U.S. Department of Agriculture FoodData Central. “Daily Value on the New Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels.” U.S. Food & Drug Administration. “Treatment for Constipation.” National Institutes of Health. “11 Foods That Lower Cholesterol.” Harvard Medical School. “Potassium lowers blood pressure.” Harvard Medical School. Bananas, raw.” U.S. Department of Agriculture FoodData Central. “Potatoes, white, flesh and skin, raw.” U.S. Department of Agriculture FoodData “Figs, raw.” US Department of Agriculture FoodData Central. Huang, Zhiyi, et al. “Role of Vitamin A in the Immune System.” J Clin Med, 2018, vol. 7, p. 258., doi:10.3390/jcm7090258 “Vitamin A.” National Institutes of Health. “Figs, dried, uncooked.” U.S. Department of Agriculture FoodData Central. “Magnesium.” National Institutes of Health.