Ever Had a Persimmon?

Persimmon is Latin for “Food for the Gods”.  They are Low in fat and a great source of fiber.  Fiber promotes fullness, and reduces sugar cravings.  High fiber intake has also been associated with decreased cholesterol and risk for heart and digestive disorders.

They contain an abundance of health promoting phytochemicals, such as flavonoids, catechins and gallocatechins as well as betulinic acid.  All of the aforementioned are anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic.  Butulinic acid has been studied as an anti-tumor compound.

Persimmons contain a ton of antioxidants.  Some of the more common are vitamin A, Vitamin K, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin.   Antioxidants are anti-aging and are cancer preventative.  Zea-xanthin in particularly beneficial in preventing macular degeneration and cataracts, as it is absorbed in the retina and macula of the eye.

Vitamin C is found in abundance in persimmons.  Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory, immune boosting and antioxidant properties.

Persimmons contain high levels of B-complex vitamins, such as folate and B6.  These are important for many reactions in the body and are depleted in times of stress.  Low levels have been associated with fatigue and decreased energy.

Persimmons are also great sources of manganese, copper and phosphorous.  These minerals are essential for many body functions. 

Another phytochemical contained in persimmons is fisetin It has been shown to reduce breast tumor cells without harming surrounding tissue.  In addition, fisetin has been named as a significant contributor in the treatment of prostate and colon cancer.

 

 

Dr. Scott Schreiber has been practicing in Newark, Delaware for over 12 years.  He is a chiropractic physician that is double board certified in rehabilitation and clinical nutrition.  He is a certified nutrition specialist as well as a licensed dietitian/nutritionist.