Persimmon is one of the typical autumn fruits. At first glance it strongly resembles a tomato, but it is actually much sweeter. Learn, how it can benefit your health.
In traditional Chinese medicine, persimmon leaves and fruits were used to treat cough, hypertension, frostbite and burns. They were also used in case of bleeding or even paralysis.
Persimmon contains antioxidants
In modern times, it was proven that persimmon contains a veritable treasure trove of different antioxidants, for example phenolic compounds. These compounds protect tissues from free radical damage, and thus help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Another type of persimmon antioxidants are tannins, which have antimutagenic effect. Persimmon also contains carotenoids and ascorbic acid.
Antioxidants are chemicals that bind free radicals and thereby prevent cell damage. They slow down aging and improve appearance of the skin. In addition, they are acting against several types of cancer.
Among the minerals found in persimmon are potassium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc and iron. It contains a lot of vitamin A, vitamin C and dietary fiber.
It is excellent for weight loss
Persimmon has the great quality that it is low-calorie, but also filling. 100 grams of this fruit contains only 80 calories. Since it has extremely pleasant taste, you can eat it without a guilty conscience. It is way healthier than sweet snacks. It also has diuretic properties.
A persimmon a day keeps the doctor away
Due to the presence of many active ingredients persimmon improves the immune system. Eating persimmon helps us against cold. Persimmon enhances the function of the heart and lungs, improves absorption of iron and dental health.
How to consume it?
Persimmons can be eaten alone or as part of a fruit salad. Extremely tasty as well are persimmon desserts. It also works if you put persimmon into a chicken salad. Persimmon can be cut into pieces and blend in order to prepare a smoothie. It goes well with the banana, cinnamon, orange juice and vanilla.