If you didn’t know, persimmon dates back to the middle of the 19th century in China, and due to its specific taste and healing qualities, it quickly spread throughout Asia and across the globe.
Being rich in chemical composition, persimmon is twice superior to apples.
This fruit has a lot of vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants that have an amazing impact on the entire human body.
Tremendous Health Benefits Of Persimmon
The list of benefits is huge and you can read all about them in this post.
Strengthen The Immune System
Persimmon contains large amounts of vitamin A and carotene. This vitamin is known to strengthen the heart muscle, eyesight and participating in the functioning of the immune system.
As persimmons are also loaded with vitamin C content, they stimulate and boost the immune system – something we all need in winter time.
Anti Aging Properties
This fruit is also loaded with magnesium, which is perhaps the most important element after oxygen, food and water.
Why Magnesium is so important?
- It is important because it activates over 300 different biochemical reactions vital for our well being
- Magnesium slows down natural aging process, and also has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system
- It also reduces the chance of getting any kidney stones.
Better Sleep & Less Stress
The presence of vitamins C, PP and Potasium, help us to deal with stress, depression, and insomnia.
These are natural boosters to brain activity and physical endurance, and due to the high mineral presence, they are very beneficial for people leading an active lifestyle.
Good For Thyroid Disorders
High levels of iodine are present in this fruit, which makes it beneficial in prevention of diseases of the thyroid gland.
Rich in phosphorus, calcium and iron, makes persimmon fruit great addition during pregnancy period.
Because this fruit is able to compensate for iron deficiency in future mothers to be. Phosphorus is essential for the baby’s bones, as well as the proper functioning of the central nervous system.
And not to forget Calcium levels in persimmon fruit, which is essential for proper functioning of the cardiovascular system, bone health, as it also takes part in the processes of blood coagulation.
Good For Your Heart
This fruit helps the regulation of optimum blood pressure in the body by widening blood vessels and relaxing muscles in the body.
As the fruit is almost a fat-free with high water content, it’s consummation is preferable, as it flushes out cholesterol and does not add to its build up.
Good For Diet
Fiber presence makes persimmon fruit great adition to your diet plan as it helps to control your appetite.
It also helps regulating blood-sugar levels, and also possess stomach-soothing properties which in return help with constipation and bloated stomach problems.
It is worth mentioning that there are so many health benefits this fruit can offer and we can add following as well:
- Great helps against hiccups
- Contain substances known as shibuol and betulinic acid which have an anti-cancer properties.
- Good for liver detox
- Good for cooking (freeze soft persimmons and eat them instead of ice cream,or, add them to a salad just for flavor it up a bit)
- Great as anti-aging facial mask (take the flesh of persimmons, add a yolk and lemon juice and apply onto face)
- Good as insect repellent, because the smell of the astringent persimmon – repels bugs (mash the entire fruit and apply it to a piece of cloth and put it in the bug concentrated area)
- You can also get rid of cellulite using this fruit (combine mashed persimmon with coarse ground coffee and use it as a scrub against cellulite. Repeat the treatment three times a week for about three months).
- It can improve vision (it works on retina and arrests eye related degenerative diseases -cataract)
It is usually eaten raw in ripe form, but dry persimmon fruit is also popular as a snack and is used in making vary desserts.
In some parts of South East Asia, the leaf of this fruit is used in making tea which is worth trying.
Are There Any Side Effects
People often want to know if there are some kind of side effects coming from the food taken.
And what about persimmon?
- They are safe to eat, and there is a rare chance of allergy bursts. Its side-effects may not be severe, but over eating has some bad effects.
- It provides many health benefits as detailed in the earlier section, but there is a need for caution because of the high amount of tannin presence which is a risk factor. Tannin in large quantities can have an anti-nutritional and toxic effect on the body.
- Avoid eating the unripe persimmon version, particularly as it contains high level of tannin, which will leave your mouth feeling very dry and numb for some time after eating the fruit.
- Eating it on an empty stomach or in excess – can cause diarrhea. So, be safe and eat persimmon in moderate and limited quantity.
- Diabetes patients should also eat it in moderate quantities as it contains high amount of sugar and can elevate blood glucose level
As you can see, there are so many benefits from this fruit, therefore there is no time to think – consume it on a regular basis and the cold winter weather won’t harm you!
But, do it in moderate way.
Here we share one unusual recipe you may find interesting to try.
Persimmon And Goat Cheese Salad
- 6 cups greens (mixed, any style)
- 1 fuyu persimmon fruit, diced
- 1 small apple, diced
- 1/2 cup soft goat cheese, crumbled
- 3 Tbsps sliced almonds, toasted
- 4 Tbsps. tangerine juice
- 2 Tbsps olive oil
- 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 dashes pepper
- Place the greens in a salad bowl and top with the fruits and goat cheese
- In a small bowl, whisk tangerine juice, mustard, salt and pepper
- Whisk in olive oil in a small stream. Adjust to taste.
- Combine with greens and toss
- Sprinkle almonds all over
- And of course – serve!
We hope you’ll enjoy this recipe.
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