Figs or Anjeer is a fruit that grows on the flowering plant of the same name and belongs to Mulberry. It is native to the Middle East and Western Asia but is now grown in many parts of the world as an important commercial crop. Figs are a good source of a number of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, flavonoid, dietary fibers, etc. and the presence of these compounds make them very beneficial for our health as well as for our skin and hair. Although figs provide a lot of health and beauty benefits there are also some side effects of figs that arise mainly when figs are consumed in excess quantity. In this article, we will know about these side effects in detail.
Side Effects Of Figs
(1) Too Much Fiber Is Bad For Stomach
Figs are a good source of dietary fibers and the presence of these fibers helps a lot in providing relief from constipation as they regulate the bowel movement of our body and ensures smooth elimination of stools.
However, it should be noted that eating too many figs can be heavy on our stomach and can even cause stomach ache. Consuming too much fiber is also bad as it can interfere with the way nutrients are absorbed into the system. To get rid of the stomach discomfort caused by the figs, drink cold water after eating figs.
(2) Can Cause Gas And Bloating
Stomach ache is not the only problem caused by high consumption of figs. Consuming too many figs can even cause stomach problems like gas, bloating, loose stools, etc. The best way to save yourself from this problem is to always eat figs in limited quantity. In addition to this, drinking aniseed water also helps in curing the problem.
(3) Increases Skin Sensitivity To Sun
Figs are very beneficial when it comes to the treatment of chronic skin diseases and for reducing the risk of skin tumor. This benefit of figs is mainly due to the presence of antioxidants in them. These antioxidants fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilize them and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our skin cells. However, even after this benefit, figs are not so good for our skin.
This is because figs increase the sensitivity of our skin to the sun. UV rays are very harmful to our skin and by increasing the sensitivity of our skin towards the sun, figs increase the risk of conditions like premature aging, melanoma, and skin cancer. Sometimes it can even result in skin rashes. If you are consuming figs on a regular basis then you should avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
(4) Harmful For Liver And Intestines
One of the most dangerous side effects of figs is its ability to harm our intestines. This is because seeds of figs are very hard and don’t get digested easily. These seeds can cause an obstruction in the intestines and harm them. Figs are harmful to our liver too.
(5) Increases The Risk Of Calcium Deficiency
Eating too many figs are bad for our bones because of the oxalates present in them. These oxalates interfere with the absorption of calcium in our body and give rise to calcium deficiency. Deficiency of calcium can make our bones weak and brittle, and also increases the risk of development of Osteoporosis and hypocalcemia. Calcium deficiency can even give rise to symptoms like memory loss, muscle spasms, hallucinations, depression, numbness and tingling sensation in hands, feet, and face. (source).
(6) Can Cause Retinal, Rectal And Vaginal Bleeding
Another important reason to avoid over-consumption of figs or Anjeer is their warm nature. Eating too many figs can result in retinal bleeding, rectal bleeding, and slight vaginal bleeding too. In some cases, it can even result in hemolytic anemia. ( Anaemia caused by the abnormal breakdown of red blood corpuscles). The best way to avoid the situation is to always eat figs in limited quantity. If you have eaten too many figs and are facing problems like rectal and vaginal bleeding, then stop eating figs immediately. If the bleeding continues, consult with your doctor.
(7) Increases The Risk Of Hypoglycemia
Eating figs is very beneficial for people suffering from diabetes because of their ability to lower the blood sugar level in the body. This advantage of figs can be a disadvantage for those who already suffering from low blood sugar level.
In the same way, you should avoid figs if you are suffering from diabetes and already taking medication to lower the blood sugar level.
This is because consuming figs along with the diabetes medicines will lower the blood sugar level to a dangerously low level and give rise to hypoglycemia, which includes symptoms like blurred vision, rapid heartbeat, sudden nervousness, headache, hunger, shaking, pale skin, trouble focusing, etc. (source).
(8) Can Cause Allergic Reactions
No doubt figs are good for our health but not all of us can enjoy these benefits. There is some individual who is allergic to figs and they must avoid figs in all conditions. Some of the major allergic reactions caused by figs are conjunctivitis, rhinitis, and anaphylactic shock. So, if you are allergic to figs, avoid them.
(9) Harmful For Individuals Suffering from Kidney And Gallbladder Problems
Figs are not at all suitable for individuals who are suffering from kidney or gallbladder problems and diseases. This is because figs contain oxalates and consuming figs while suffering from kidney and gallbladder problem can worsen the situation. In addition to this, figs can even harm our spleen, which plays an important role in the production of white blood cells. As white blood cells are an important part of our immune system so by harming our spleen, figs in a way harm our immune system.
(10) Eating Figs During Pregnancy And Breastfeeding Stage
Small consumption of fresh or dried figs during pregnancy and breastfeeding stage is considered safe but there is not enough information about the topic and it is not known how large amounts of figs ( that are used as medicine) affects the pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. For a safe side, it is better to consult with your doctor about the same.
(11) Harmful For the Individuals Who Have To Undergo Surgery
Eating figs can lower the blood sugar level in our body. This is a point of concern as figs might interfere with the blood sugar control during and after surgery. For this reason, it is advised to stop consuming figs at least two weeks prior to and after the scheduled surgery.
The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.
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