There is a wonderful fruit that ripens this time of year. Its name in Latin means “food of the gods.” It’s called the persimmon! What two vitamins are essential for healthy skin? Vitamin A and Vitamin C and guess what? One Persimmons supply 55% of our daily vitamin A and 21% of our vitamin C. Persimmons are also an excellent source of manganese, a co-factor for the enzyme superoxide dismutase, for healthy mucous membranes and skin, as well as a known protectant against lung and mouth cancers.
Both vitamin A and vitamin C are excellent vitamins for protecting the skin from wrinkles, age spots and loss of collagen.
Persimmons are an excellent source of fiber, which helps keep the digestive system regular. B-complex vitamins are present to stabilize the metabolic system, along with copper and phosphorus which both serve to support cell functioning and tissue repair.
Low in calories and fats, persimmons contain all kinds of phytonutrients, flavonoids, and antioxidants, such as catechins (known to have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as protecting small blood vessels from bleeding) and gallocatechins and betulinic acid, a tumor inhibitor. Other powerful antioxidants found in persimmons include beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and cryptoxanthin. The zeaxanthin content absorbs into the eyes and helps filter light, protecting against night blindness.
Healthy skin, good digestion, antioxidants and cancer protection; I’d say persimmons are a good source of proactive ant-aging!
Every December I look forward to the persimmon harvest. My face glows with delight as I feed my face the food of the Gods!