Persimmon - the fruit of the solar color, which is the Latin name diospyrоs, Which means "food of the gods." On why persimmon got its name, and the beneficial properties of this remarkable fruit tells Yakov Marshak.
In the ancient world it was believed that the food of the gods - nectar and ambrosia - made it possible for the celestials to forever prolong their life, and the persimmon, of course, got its name not by chance.
Ancients' intuitive ideas about the extraordinary benefits of this fruit have been confirmed by modern biochemical studies, in particular the study of bioflavonoids - a huge class of substances (about 300 thousand items) that plants synthesize.
It turned out that persimmon bioflavonoids can actually slow down the aging process. All representatives of the animal world, from the simplest to humans, have sirtuins proteins that protect the body from harmful mutations, from the activation of oncogenes, and prevent aging. Unfortunately, with age, the activity of the SIRT 1 gene encoding sirtuins decreases - the older we get, the faster we start aging and the higher the risk of developing all kinds of ailments, such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. When we regularly eat persimmon, we inhibit the aging process by increasing the activity of the SIRT 1 gene and the amount of sirtuin proteins.
In addition, the use of a single persimmon fruit per day helps to prevent atherosclerosis and thrombosis. - scientists of the Hebrew University of the city of Jerusalem recently came to this conclusion. Moreover, lipid metabolism is normalized, and this prevents excessive deposition of cholesterol plaques in the walls of blood vessels. All this also prolongs life.
Persimmon fruits contain two times more dietary fiber than apples. Therefore, despite the sweet taste, a sharp rise in blood sugar does not occur, there is no hyperinsulinism, which means that you do not get fat from it.
Persimmon contains a large number of macro-and micronutrients: calcium, magic, manganese, iodine, copper and zinc. It depends on them the effectiveness of the enzyme system of the body, and from persimmon, it is easy for them to absorb. Also in persimmon is a large amount of vitamin C and the precursor of vitamin A, beta-carotene, due to which the fruits of persimmon are colored orange.
Persimmon fruits are a source of betulinic acid, whose name comes from the Latin word betula - birch. Betulinic acid, found in birch bark, has many beneficial properties: anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory and antiretroviral activity. The retrovirus family includes many viruses that are dangerous to humans, including the hepatitis B virus and HIV. Betulinic acid prevents their reproduction. But man is not a hare that can feed on birch bark. The Almighty has given him another opportunity - a tasty and healthy persimmon!