The name of persimmon is derived from Latin; it means “food of the gods”. Persimmon has been known for many centuries. The fruit was originally native to China and later became popular all over the world. However, in the old days, persimmon was unfairly excluded from the diet as having a strong astringent effect, though only an immature fruit has this property.
Persimmon is not only delicious but also good for our health. It contains 53 to 60 calories in 100 grams, including:
- dietary fiber;
- vitamins A, C, E and PP.
Persimmon benefits our heart and blood vessels, helps to reduce high blood pressure and strengthens the immune system. Furthermore, persimmon:
- contains antioxidants that protect our cells from aging and cancer;
- contains tannins which have anti-tumor effect;
- helps to save vision and improve eye health;
- contributes to the improvement of the entire gastrointestinal tract and liver;
- tones the body and improves performance;
- reduces inflammation;
- increases blood circulation;
- lowers cholesterol;
- aids in weight loss;
- boosts cognitive function and physical endurance;
- relieves the symptoms of stress, fatigue and tiredness;
- improves mood [1, 3, 4].
Persimmon has priceless benefits for digestion. Thanks to pectin substances, persimmon normalizes metabolism and restores digestive processes. Persimmon is recommended for intestinal disorders and stomach diseases. Persimmon is rich in vitamins C and P. For this reason, it has a beneficial effect on blood vessels and reduces their fragility and permeability. Additionally, persimmon is beneficial for:
- the cardiovascular system;
- some diseases of thyroid gland;
- varicose diseases;
- heart diseases;
- anemia .
Magnesium in a persimmon reduces the probability of kidney stones occurrence. Vitamin A protects the human body from cancer.
Persimmon is a self-sufficient fruit. However, it is also used together with cream and sugar. The pulp of persimmon can be used in salads, ice cream, yogurt, jellies, puddings, mousse, marmalade and jams. Dried persimmon is very popular in many countries. Some kinds of molasses, cider, beer and wine are made from persimmon.
Persimmon has some contra indications. It contains a large amount of easily digestible sugars. Therefore, it should not be eaten by those who suffer from diabetes and massive obesity. It is also important to remember that the persimmon cannot be combined with milk and cold water.
Persimmon is also used in cosmetology in anti-aging masks. The mask has a tonic effect, narrows pores and prevents against the appearance of pimples and acne.
Thus, persimmon is a natural energizer. It calms the nervous system, promotes digestion, improves vision, increases working efficiency and reinforces the body with energy.
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