Sweet and juicy, orange and scented, we are speaking about persimmon, a fruit that, in this period, can be easily found on the shelves of the supermarkets. Persimmon is, however, not only a yummy fruit but also healthy, rich in antioxidants able to protect the joints, the heart and the blood vessels, according to many scientific researches published in the last years on prestigious journals such as Nutrition and Annals of nutrition and metabolism (Direito et al, J Diet Suppl, 2019 - Gato et al, Ann Nutr Metab, 2013 – Gorinstein et al, Nutrition, 2011).
Persimmon is considered indeed a powerful source of antioxidants like polyphenols, flavonoids, tannins, carotenoids and ascorbic acid. Thanks to these characteristics, persimmon shows cardiovascular protective properties. In fact, a research analyzed the effect on health of persimmons in case of a cholesterol rich diet. Well, persimmon was able to limit the increase of lipids in blood and to counteract atherosclerosis of aorta. Moreover, another research has shown that the fibers of persimmon, rich in tannins, are able to reduce the levels of LDL bad cholesterol, while there aren’t changes in triglycerides and good HDL cholesterol. Finally, the persimmon is also anti inflammatory and beneficial in case of arthritis by reducing the edema and attenuating the levels of inflammation of the tissues.