The deep orange, tomato shaped fruit with a waxy texture, persimmon, has been a favorite of mine sine I can remember. As a child, there was nothing more exciting than biting into this delicious fruit. Unfortunately, many people are afraid of this “foreign” fruit with an astringent taste. Is that you? Have you ever given it a try? Besides the beneficial properties of persimmon and the amazing effect it has on the human body, the fruit has many unique uses from cooking and natural remedies, to skin care.
The first mention of persimmon dates back to the middle of the 19th century in China. Due to its unsurpassed taste and healing qualities, persimmon quickly spread throughout Asia and across the globe, eventually arriving in the United States by the 19th century.
Due to its rich chemical composition, persimmon is twice superior to apples. The fruit has a lot of vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants that have an amazing impact on the entire human body.
20 Unbelievable Practical Uses for Persimmons
- Strengthen the immune system. Persimmon contains large amounts of vitamin A and carotene. This vitamin has a comprehensive positive effect on the human organism, strengthening the heart muscle, eyesight and participating in the functioning of the immune system. Persimmons are loaded with vitamin C content which stimulates the immune system.
- Defy Aging. Persimmon is a great source of magnesium. Most people are not aware of how important magnesium is for our bodies. It is perhaps the most important element after oxygen, food and water. Magnesium activates over 300 different biochemical reactions vital for our well being. This substance is not interchangeable for the human body. Magnesium slows down the natural aging process and also has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system.
- Lower blood pressure. Persimmons are great for hypertension, as magnesium can lower blood pressure.
- Prevent kidney stones.Magnesium reduces the likelihood of kidney stones.
- Fight insomnia and stress. The presence of vitamins C and PP in persimmon’s, help us to deal with stress, depression, and insomnia.
- Boost brain activity and physical endurance. Persimmon contains potassium which improves brain activity and helps increase physical endurance. Due to the high content of the mineral, persimmon is very beneficial for people leading an active life.
- Prevents thyroid diseases. Due to the high content of iodine, persimmon is beneficial in the prevention of diseases of the thyroid gland.
- Prevent and fight colds. In folk medicine, persimmon is used in the fight against colds.
- Healthy pregnancy. Persimmons are very rich in phosphorus, calcium and iron. Thus persimmons are great during pregnancy as this fruit is able to compensate for iron deficiency in the future mother. Phosphorus is essential for the baby’s bones as well as the proper functioning of the central nervous system. Calcium is also essential for the functioning of the cardiovascular system, bone health, and it also takes part in the processes of blood coagulation.
- Lose weight. The fiber in persimmons, called pectin, helps control appetite. It helps regulate blood-sugar levels.
- Flatten your belly. Persimmons possess stomach-soothing properties. Thus, they help with constipation and bloated stomach.
- Get rid of hiccups.
- Prevent cancer. Persimmons contain substances known as shibuol and betulinic acid which exhibit anti-cancer properties.
- Healthy Detox. Persimmons are loaded with antioxidants which aid in the detoxification process (important for a healthy liver).
- Alleviates diabetes. A recent Japanese study found that persimmon peel extract improved insulin resistance in rats.
- Cooking. You can freeze soft persimmons and eat them instead of ice cream. You can also add them to a salad for added crunch and flavor.
- Make Sake. The tannins in persimmons are often used in Japan to make sake – a Japanese liquor.
- Antiaging Facial mask. Persimmon makes for an effective facial mask. Take the flesh of persimmons, add a yolk and lemon juice and apply onto face.
- Insenct Repellent. The smell of the astringent persimmon repels bugs. Mash the entire fruit and apply it to a piece of cloth and put it in the bug concentrated area.
- Get rid of cellulite. Combine mashed persimmon with coarse ground coffee and use it as a scrub against cellulite. Repeat the treatment three times a week for about three months.
While the two kinds of persimmons (astringent and non-astringent) which are distinct, though they’re both aromatic and sweet. Most stores in America carry the non-astringent persimmon (fuyu varieties) which loses the tannin much sooner, thus you can eat the fruit even when it’s firm.
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