Persimmon: Can Treat Your Heart & Stomach. And Prevent Cancer Too.

Persimmon is called as the heart-healthy fruit king. If you want to compare the nutritional contents of persimmons and apples, the fiber content of persimmons is double than that of apples.

Carbolic acid (an antioxidant) and sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese and other mineral elements are much higher in persimmons. Only  the content of copper and zinc  is less than that of apples.

Gelinsitan (ShelaGorinstein), Professor of Hebrew University in Israel, said eating about 100 grams of a medium-sized persimmon a day is sufficient to prevent the main reasons for atherosclerosis – heart attack, and stroke.

Persimmons are rich in fiber and can be eaten to assist with constipation and hemorrhoids. When cooked, they can be used to treat diarrhea. A sweet persimmon contains twice the dietary fibre of an apple

Vitamin C in persimmon as antioxidant could serve the body being able to counteract the free radicals and become resistant against various infections and diseases.

Persimmon contains very high amounts of vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B, potassium.

Persimmons can help to prevent cancer because they are high in Vitamin A and the compounds shiboul and betulinic acid which have anti-cancer properties.

Fresh ripe persimmons are also fat free, and they are a good source of healthy carbohydrates and natural sugar.

This pumpkin-colored tender fruit is sweet and tangy and can be used in a variety of delectable recipes from beverages, salads, soups to desserts.

*   PERSIMMON SOUP

Makes 6 servings

Ingredients:

3-1/2 pounds ripe persimmons, peeled

1/2 cup minced onions

1-1/2 tablespoons minced ginger

4 cups chicken broth

1-1/2 teaspoons curry powder

Lemon juice

Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh cilantro

Directions:

1.Combine persimmons, onions, ginger, and 1/4 cup broth in a large pot. Boil over high heat for about 10 minutes.

2.Pour in another 1/4 cup of broth and cook for another 10 minutes. Continue adding chicken broth in 1/4 cup increments until you have 3 cups left.

3.Stir curry into mixture and cook 30 seconds. Add remaining broth and boil until persimmons are tender.

4.Puree persimmon mixture in a blender until smooth. Sprinkle with lemon juice, salt, pepper and cilantro. Serve warm.

  • PERSIMMON and APPLE SALAD

Makes 6 servings
Each serving equals 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetables

Ingredients

1 Tbsp walnut pieces, toasted
2 Tbsp orange juice
1 Tbsp sherry vinegar
1 Tbsp olive oil
3 sweet variety apples, rinsed, cored, and thinly sliced lengthwise
3 firm-ripe Fuyu persimmons, rinsed, stemmed, and thinly sliced lengthwise

Directions:

In a bowl, combine orange juice, vinegar, and olive oil. Add apples, persimmons, and toasted walnuts and mix to coat.

Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 90, Protein 0g, Fat 3g, Calories From Fat 29%, Cholesterol 0mg, Carbohydrates 16g, Fiber 3g, Sodium 15mg.

If you eat persimmons, eat them after meals and peel them, since most of the tannic acid is in the peel. Eating them on an empty stomach is not advised as excessive consumption can cause stones.

It has been recommended that you use the fresh skin on your face as a skin toner as it brightens the complexion. It seems that daily applications may also smooth wrinkles, or stop them appearing

No one should eat more than three at a time because they contain so much ‘cold’ energy. Don’t eat persimmons with sauerkraut, black dates, crab, goose, eggs, sweet potato, and vinegar.

Gargle and clean your teeth after eating persimmon because the tannic acid, pectin and sugar can damage your teeth.

In the world of persimmons, there are many different varieties, but only two specific types are available commercially. They are the Hachiya and the Fuyu.

Want to know more about persimmon? Then, put your question here.

Yours truly for great health, mind and body,

Michelle, natural health advocate

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December 19 2010 07:26 pm | Fitness and Green Living and Health News and Healthy Eating and Natural Beauty and Natural Remedies and Weight Loss

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