The Latin word for persimmon means 'food of the gods' and is known as the Divine Fruit. Low in calories and fats, this little fruit contains all kinds of phytonutrients, flavonoids, and antioxidants, known to have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, and for protecting small blood vessels from bleeding as well as inhibiting tumours. The antioxidant zeaxanthin, found in persimmons absorbs into the eyes and helps filter light as well as fight cataract and macular degeneration diseases. Persimmons are an excellent source of fibre, which helps keep the body regulated. B-complex vitamins are present to stabilize the metabolic system, along with copper and phosphorus. Persimmons are one of a few foods associated with killing breast cancer cells without harming normal breast cells, according to one new study. Scientists attributed this to the flavonoid fisetin, present in several fruits and vegetables, but in persimmons specifically. Fisetin also has been named as a significant contributor in the eradication of colon and prostate cancer cells.
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