Persimmon is the name given to a number of different species of highly similar fruits from the same scientific family, Diospyros. As more information about ancient cultures has emerged, thanks to anthropology and archaeology, different types of persimmons have been classified into the Japanese persimmon, the American persimmon, the Black persimmon, the Date-plum tree and the Indian persimmon.
All of them share much of the same basic nutritional value and health benefits, with a few notable differences, like fiber content and trace amounts of unusual organic compounds.
Although the most popular version of this fruit was originally native to China, it spread around the world over the past few hundred years, and similar species have also been found in other parts of the world.
This suggests that persimmon has been used for thousands of years, in many cultures. Therefore, there are a number of common names and nicknames for persimmons, including “Jove’s fire”, “The Fruit of the Gods”, and “Nature’s Candy”.
Nutritional Value Of Persimmons
Persimmons are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin B6, as well as dietary fiber, manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorous.
They also contain organic compounds that include catechins, gallocatechin, betulinic acid, and various carotenoid compounds that fall within the B complex of vitamins.
The long list of health benefits that this interesting fruit can confer on people is primarily due to the presence of the above-mentioned vitamin and mineral content, as well as some organic compounds.
This delicious little fruit is packed with antioxidants, the anti-cancer agents that can boost your body’s ability to fight free radicals, improve overall health and protect against many diseases.
Free radicals are the by-products of cellular metabolism that can mutate healthy cells into cancerous ones and damage various organ systems.
Persimmons have high levels of vitamin C and A, as well as phenolic compounds like catechins and gallocatechins, which are directly connected to preventing different types of cancer.
Therefore, adding persimmons to your diet can help you stay protected from various types of cancer.
Persimmons help boost immunity due to the presence of vitamin C. They have one of the highest ascorbic acid (vitamin C) content among other fruits and a single persimmon has approximately 80% of the daily requirement of this beneficial nutrient. Vitamin C stimulates the immune system and increases the production of white blood cells, which are the primary line of defense for the body against microbial, viral, and fungal infections, as well as foreign bodies or toxins.
Prevent Premature Aging
Persimmons are rich in a number of vitamins, specifically vitamin A, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and cryptoxanthin.
These vitamins function as antioxidants in the body to reduce oxidative stress and prevent signs of premature aging, like wrinkles, age spots, Alzheimer’s disease, fatigue, loss of vision, muscles weakness, and a number of other conditions.
Control Blood Pressure
Potassium is another mineral found in significant quantities in persimmons. Potassium can act as a vasodilator and lower blood pressure, thereby increasing blood flow to various parts of the body.
Low blood pressure also reduces strain on the cardiovascular system and prevents various heart diseases from occurring.
Persimmons also contain various vasodilating organic compounds that further lower blood pressure, making them a very good fruit for heart health.