How does Fig work?

Fig leaf contains chemicals that might help people with type 1 diabetes use insulin more efficiently.

Are there safety concerns?

Fresh or dried fig fruit is safe for most people when used in food amounts. Fig leaf appears to be safe for most people when used short-term. In high doses fig latex, the waxy coating on the leaf, might cause bleeding in the digestive tract in some people.

Avoid excessive sun exposure when taking fig leaf because it can cause skin to become extra sensitive to the sun. Wear sunblock outside, especially if you are light-skinned. Fig fruit is unlikely to cause sun sensitivity. Skin contact with fig fruit or leaves can cause rash in sensitive people.

Do not use fig leaf or fig fruit in amounts larger than those found in food if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks.

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