Figs contain hundreds of tiny edible seeds that are appreciated for the texture and nutrients they add to the fruit. They are consumed all over the world in both fresh and dried form. Studies have shown that dried figs are a rich source of phenol and the essential fatty acids Omega-3 and Omega-6, all of which have been demonstrated to lower LDL “bad” cholesterol levels and the risk of coronary heart disease. Figs provide 20% of the recommended daily value of fiber, which is more than any other dried or fresh fruit. Figs are particularly rich in soluble fiber like pectin, which has been proven effective at lowering cholesterol. Figs are rich in antioxidants, which protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals. Figs are rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium, which can help regulate blood pressure, support bone development, and control blood sugar levels. Figs are also a good source of prebiotics, which stimulate the helpful bacteria that exist in our gut and supports the function of our digestive system.