Since Persimmons are high in fiber and polyphenols, they’re great for warding off atherosclerosis, heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes and cancer1. They can help reduce your LDL cholesterol levels and help reduce your risk of developing atherosclerosis by up to 25%2. In addition to warding off atherosclerosis, eating 2 Persimmons per day can help prevent stomach cancer3.
They have 55% of your daily value of Vitamin A. It also contains antioxidants in the vitamin A family such as lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin. Persimmons also contain 21% of your daily value of Vitamin C, a healthy dose of Vitamin B’s and manganese.
Persimmons contain a powerful group of antioxidants called catechins, which have great antibiotic and anti inflammatory properties.
Persimmons contain compounds that can help kill cancer cells without harming regular cells. Studies attribute this to an antioxidant called fisetin, which is also found in many other fruits and vegetables but especially in persimmons. This antioxidant has also been shown in studies to kill colon and prostate cancer cells as well.
Hachiya persimmons are good for baking with while Fuyu persimmons are good when eaten raw. They are sweetest when they are soft.
- Gorinstein S, Zachwieja Z, Folta M, et al. Comparative contents of dietary fiber, total phenolics, and minerals in persimmons and apples. Journal Of Agricultural And Food Chemistry. February 2001;49(2):952-957.
- Gato N, Kadowaki A, Hashimoto N, Yokoyama S, Matsumoto K. Persimmon fruit tannin-rich fiber reduces cholesterol levels in humans. Annals Of Nutrition & Metabolism. 2013;62(1):1-6.
- The Dr. Oz Show