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Dried persimmons – 7 extraordinary health benefits

Persimmons were called “food of the gods” by the ancient Greeks. They are known for their extraordinary taste and nutritional qualities. Today the largest supplies of dried persimmons are in Japan and China. There, this fruit is traditionally dried and consumed throughout the year. The process of drying of the persimmon increases the nutritional concentration of the fruit. The dried persimmons contain 4 times greater amounts of fiber and carbohydrates in the form of fructose compared to the fresh fruit.

Consumption of dried persimmons has an extraordinarily beneficial impact on health:

1) It helps enhance the immunity, helps cicatrice wounds and wards off cardiovascular diseases.

Dried persimmons are an excellent source of Vitamin C, which:

2) Improve eyesight, cell growth and bone system.

The dried persimmons contain large amount of Vitamin A, being crucial for good eyesight, good immunity, cell renewal and growth in the body. In case of prolonged Vitamin A deficiency one can experience nyctalopia. Vitamin A improves the function of leucocytes and helps the growth of the thymus gland. It also plays an important role in bone firmness, because it aids their metabolism and thus prevents easy fractures and osteoporosis.

3) They fight hypertension and improve heart condition.

Potassium is one of the most important nutrients persimmons contain. The potassium contents of the persimmons is twice that in the bananas, for instance. If you suffer from hypertension, heart condition or arrythmia, it is especially important to get enough potassium. Although potassium and cholesterol are not interrelated, consumption of potassium high food can reduce the cholesterol. Apart from all other benefits, potassium helps the muscles move, the nerves function and the kidneys filter the blood.

4) Improve enzyme functions.

Persimmons are highly appreciated due to the content of Vitamin B-complex such as: folic acid, pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), thiamin, etc., which catalyze a number of metabolic enzyme functions in the organism.

5) They have anti-inflammatory properties.

Persimmons contain phytonutrients, flavonoid and polyphenol antioxidants such as: catechins and gallocatechin, as well as the important anti-tumor compound – betulinic acid. Catechins are known for their anti-infection, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic action (prevent bleeding from small blood vessels).

6) They help against constipation and intestinal discomfort.

Persimmons are extremely high in fiber and act beneficially in cases of constipation helping the digested food move on through the intestinal tract. It has been found that high fiber diet can reduce the risk of diverticulitis (a painful condition, occurring when the pouches of intestines get destroyed and infected) by 40%. It has also been found that high fiber diet can relieve symptoms in people with a condition and prevent future exacerbations. The benefits of fiber are not limited to the health of the digestive tract. Research has found that healthy fiber can also reduce cholesterol, normalize blood sugar levels, reduce cardiovascular risk, as well as help obese people lose weight.

7) Excellent food, rich in energy.

Dried persimmons are an excellent and energizing food due to their richness in fructose, the most easily assimilatable food for the cells. You can have them for breakfast and after a workout, when the levels of blood sugar and insulin are low.

Here are several more health benefits the persimmons provide:

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