From Wikipedia– They are high in glucose, with a balanced protein profile, and possess various medicinal and chemical uses. Like the tomato, it is not considered a “common berry“, but is in fact a “true berry” by definition.
benefits of persimmon fruit
fruit is low in
calories (provides 70 cal/100g) and fats but is rich source of
benefiting phyto-nutrients flavonoid poly-phenolic anti-oxidants like
as well as important anti-tumor compound
acid. Catechins are known to have anti-infective,
anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic (prevents bleeding from small
blood vessels) properties.
anti-oxidant compounds like vitamin-A, beta-carotene, lycopene,
zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin. Together, these compounds functions as
scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen
species (ROS) that plays a role in aging and various disease processes.
an important dietary carotenoid, selectively absorbed into
the retinal macula lutea in the eyes where it is thought to provide
antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions; thus, helps
prevent “Age related macular disease”(ARMD) in the elderly.
fruits are also very
another powerful antioxidant (especially native Chinese
and American persimmons; provide 80% of DRI). Regular consumption of
foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against
infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
fruit is good in many
valuable B-complex vitamins
such as folic acid, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), thiamin…etc. These
vitamins act as co-factors for numerous metabolic enzymatic functions
in the body.
contain healthy amounts of minerals like potassium, manganese (15% of
DRI), copper (12% of DRI), and phosphorus. Manganese is a
the enzyme, superoxide
dismutase, which is a very powerful free radical scavenger.
Copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes, including
cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function
as cofactors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Copper is also
required for the production of red blood cells.