The Health Benefits of Persimmons

            Persimmons are a fruit that are native to China. Growing from trees that average 25 feet in height, the fruit ranges in a variety of sizes. They can be less than an inch in diameter or grow to be more than four inches round. Since there are many species of persimmons, this fruit comes in a variety of colors as well. Some fruit will have a yellow-orange color where other fruit can be red. By looking at this fruit many people mistakenly believe the persimmons belong in the tomato family. However, this fruit actually belongs to the berry family. This fruit has a sweet taste and can be eaten as a snack or along with your breakfast, lunch and dinner. While you can eat this fruit by itself, you can also use it as a main ingredient in many cookie, cake, pie, muffin and bread recipes and as a topping for cereal and salads. While this fruit is native to China, it is popular throughout many countries of the world. Not only is this fruit delicious to eat, it is good for you to eat because of its many health benefits.   

THe Health Benefits of Persimmons

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            Persimmons, while they contain 70 calories in one four ounce fruit, are low in fat. This is an excellent fruit to include in your daily diet if you are trying to lose weight.



            Persimmons are an excellent source of dietary fiber.  By including this fruit in your daily diet you are promoting excellent intestinal health.  If you suffer from constipation or want to prevent it apples help keep you regular.

            Persimmons are a natural pain reliever because of their anti-inflammatory properties. By eating this fruit, you can find quick relief from pain of:

Headaches

Migraines

Menstrual Cramps

Muscle Spasms,

Toothaches

Arthritic Pain

Gout Attacks

Sprains and

Joint and Muscle Pain

 

            We need anti-oxidants to protect our bodies against free radicals or damaged cells. These damaged cells will attack the good ones and damage them as well. Persimmons are rich in Vitamin A. This vitamin provides a strong anti-oxidant called beta-carotene, which plays a key role of destroying the bad cells before they cause any further damage. While this antioxidant helps repair damaged cells because of free radicals, they also bring about anti-aging properties.  Including persimmons in your daily diet will help you maintain that youthful look.  Not only will you look young on the outside, you also will be young on the inside since these anti-aging properties are effective in fighting against degenerative conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. By eating persimmons, you are promoting good vision because the beta-carotene and lutein found in this fruit plays a role in preventing macular degeneration, where there is a”loss of vision in the center of the visual field because of damage to the retina (Wikipedia).

            Persimmons are rich in lycopenes. These play a major role in preventing your arteries from getting clogged up with Low Density Lipoprotein-otherwise known as the “Bad” cholesterol.

Persimmons boost the immune system because they contain Vitamin C. If you have a cold or the flu, eating this fruit can help fight the symptoms. You can even prevent yourself from getting sick in the first place by including persimmons in your diet.

            Persimmons are an excellent source of potassium and magnesium which are needed to keep our blood pressure numbers at a safe level. When we do not have enough of this in our daily diets, we run the risk of getting high blood pressure. When you keep your blood pressure lower you run a less risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. The American Heart Association states that food that contains potassium and magnesium play a key role in reducing blood pressure. With 161 milligrams of potassium and 18 milligrams of magnesium per four ounces of this sodium free fruit, where can we go wrong?

            Persimmons are a major source of Vitamin K. If you want to have and maintain healthy bones and teeth, eating this fruit is the way to go. By including persimmons in your daily diet, you are lowering the risk of getting osteoporosis you age. Vitamin K is necessary if you want to have a healthy liver. This vitamin also plays a role in allowing the blood to clot normally.

            Persimmons contain Vitamin E. Applying the juice of the fruit to our skin is an excellent way to keep is smooth and moist. Applying the juice of this fruit can clear up many skin conditions such as:

 

Acne

Eczema

Psoriasis

Cuts

Scrapes

Burns

Canker Sores

 

            Persimmons help stimulate the production of the red blood cells in the body. Not only does it increase the number of red blood cells and make them stronger, it improves the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the entire circulation system. This also gives people, especially athletes, more energy and stamina because of its high levels of carbohydrates.

            Even though persimmons are native to China, this fruit is available in many countries. They can easily be found in the produce section of many grocery stores. If you have trouble finding them locally you can order them online through sites such as Ebay and Amazon and have the fruit shipped to your home.

 

References

 

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/persimmon-fruit.html



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macular_degeneration






  • Comments

    1. Profile photo of Lois Ryan
      Lois Ryan Post author

      There is a Jackalberry that are throughout Africa and produce South African persimmons. They have the same consistency as tomatoes but are sweeter.

    2. Profile photo of Gil Camporazo
      Gil Camporazo

      This fruit is so perfect for my health needs. As a senior citizen, I have to take this everyday. My problem is where can I get them. I don’t know if we have here in the Philippines.

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        Gil Camporazo

        I will try to search it in the Net for its benefits they could give to the humans are tremendous.

    3. Profile photo of Gina  M. Menorca
      Gina M. Menorca

      It is a good information on health benefits. I seldom brought persimmon. I believe, I buy the fruit every end of the year for the celebration of the new year because we have a tradition to complete twelve rounded fruits on the table for good fortune.

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