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Persimmon Health Benefits

Persimmon, a delicate oriental fruit that is native to China. It spread to Japan very long ago and later was introduced to California during the middle of the nineteenth century. During each season, the tree bears numerous fruits that vary by cultivar from spherical to heart to flatten or squash in shape.

 

They also greatly vary in size from as little as a few ounces to more than a pound. The colour of the fruit varies from light yellow-orange to dark orange-red.

 

Persimmons contain health benefiting phyto-nutrients flavonoids poly-phenolic anti-oxidants like catechins and gallocatechins as well as important anti-tumour compound betulinic acid.

 

Catechins are known to have anti-infective, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic (prevents bleeding from small blood vessels) properties.

 

A low calorie fruit, it is available in astringent and non-astringent variants, and can be relished raw or dried. It is also used in preparing a variety of dishes, including puddings. Fibers, as you know, are essential for good bowel movements.

 

Regular use of this fiber-rich fruit can help alleviate bowel movement related issues, thus paving way for maintaining a healthy digestive system and is also good for weight loss.

 

Tannins, present in persimmons, regulate the intestinal movement, thus offering relief from diarrhoea.

 

This, in turn, helps in keeping the digestive system healthy. Being a rich source of antioxidants, this fruit helps in curtailing the free radicals. These, otherwise, can damage cells and trigger cancer.

 

The presence of vitamin A, as well as shibuol and betulinic acid enriches the cancer-combating properties of this fruit.

 

Persimmon fruit contains high amounts of nutrients which protect from many diseases. Along with this it also beneficial to detoxify all toxic substances stored in the colon. So it protects from colon cancer.

 

It must be noted that eating persimmon fruit with an empty stomach can cause diarrhoea. Also eating in excess also causes diarrhoea due to its high tannin content. So be safe and eat persimmon in limited quantity.

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