You may not think of figs when you hit that mid-afternoon fatigue. Reaching for coffee is the usual state of affairs, but that can be fleeting. Coffee will spike your heart rate and give you a lift, however, soon enough you are crashing again. A chocolate bar will satisfy that sugar fix, but the trans-fats and refined sweetness likes to settle in the hips. Figs are chock full of vitamins and minerals that work with the body’s chemistry. Their slow burning sugar content is easily digestible, which can keep you energized for hours.
Calcium, Potassium & Magnesium: The Perfect Storm
It is no surprise when you hear calcium you hear all sorts of good things it does for your bones and muscles. One hundred grams of dried figs contain a staggering two-hundred and fifty milligrams of calcium. Whole milk only contains 118 milligrams. The mineral potassium also helps the muscles as well as plays an integral part in metabolizing carbohydrates and proteins. One hundred grams of figs contain approximately 232 milligrams of potassium.
And yet another muscle and bone strengthening mineral is magnesium. The magnesium content of figs measures 20 milligrams per 100 grams for raw figs and approximately 71 milligrams per hundred grams for dried figs (at 20 to 23 percent moisture). These three minerals are in good company when it comes to figs. Heavy hitting nutrients like copper, manganese and iron share the chemistry of the fig as well. However, it is calcium, potassium and magnesium that work like a well oiled machine that can really spark your body’s energy levels.
There are many forms of energy output that the human body produces and uses each day. Many respond to the brain’s alarm for fast and sustainable push. There may be a threat which calls on endorphins or a burst of adenosine tri-phosphate for everyday organic energy. Low blood sugar levels are also a cause for concern, often leading to fatigue. This is probably one of the most common reasons you may feel like your body has a ‘low-battery’ by around two o’clock in the afternoon.
Weak levels of potassium will cause blood sugar levels to drop. This is where magnesium enters the picture. Unless magnesium is available, potassium cannot stay within the cells. When potassium exits the cell, it leaves behind a false positive potassium deficiency causing the cells to act as if they are depleted of energy. Not only does magnesium keep potassium in the cell, it also regulates calcium absorption. Calcium is integral in protein structuring from amino acids. Protein is the fuel for available energy. Altogether, these three minerals are linked to one another for production of healthy energy.
Fun Fig Facts
- Fresh fig juice is good to apply to toothaches.
- Figs are an excellent remedy for constipation.
- Figs have been attributed to improving memory.
- Figs pre-date the agriculture of wheat, legumes and barley.
- Some cultures use figs as an aphrodisiac.
- Figs can reduce cholesterol and regulate blood pressure.
- Figs can facilitate weight loss.