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Persimmons, Fluids & MetabolismPersimmons have 'cold yin energy' in Chinese medicine which means their astringency cools inflammation and sweetness helps rebuild fluids. Persimmons are thus an ideal fall tonic to combat autumn dryness (Vata) and any lingering inflammation from summer heat (Pitta). Persimmon moistens the throat & nourish the lungs. Diabetics should beware of its high sugar content.
Persimmons & digestionThe high fiber and demulcent (gooey) quality of persimmon makes it good for hemorrhoids and constipation. Astringency reduces internal bleeding while sweetness coats and soothes inflammation. Astringency in skins can be also used to treat diarrhea. Exercise caution when digestion is weak - in such a case persimmon will make digestion too cold and leave food undigested. Tannins are mildly acidic. When consumed in excess tannins can irritate the stomach. It is often advised that persimmons should not be eaten on an empty stomach. Instead eat them after meals and peel them, since most of the tannic acid is in the peel. Gargle and clean your teeth after eating persimmon lest the tannic acid, pectin and sugar damage your teeth. Avoid eating too many unripened persimmons, which can form a "foodball" or phytobezoar, affixing with other food in the stomach. These phytobezoars are often very hard and almost woody in consistency. They may require medical treatment.
Nutrition informationPersimmon contains high levels of dietary fiber (good laxative), phenols, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and manganese (rebalance electrolytes in fall). They are also rich in vitamin C and beta carotene (supporting the liver = useful for hangovers and too much toxicity). Studies suggest they reduce the risk of atherosclerosis heart attacks and improve lipid metabolism the way the body copes with fat. Their iodine content can help goiter patients. Anemia patients should know that the high tannin content may inhibit iron absorption.