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Health and medicinal benefits of persimmon fruit: A review

George, A.P. and Redpath, S. (2008) Health and medicinal benefits of persimmon fruit: A review. Advances in Horticultural Science, 22 (4). pp. 244-249.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1400/100649

Publisher URL: http://www.fupress.com/index.asp

Abstract

The anti-oxidant activity of persimmon fruit appears to be mainly due to its high-molecular-weight tannin content. Antioxidant activity is variety specific with some astringent varieties showing very high antioxidant activity, comparable to strawberry and blueberry. In vitro, and limited animal studies, have shown that condensed tannins in the fruit may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and a wide range of cancers. Persimmon has an unusual property in that it appears to alter and reduce the rate of alcohol absorption and metabolism and thus ameliorate the symptoms of a hangover. The health and medicinal benefits of persimmon are considerable and should be further researched and promoted by persimmon industries around the world.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Agri-Science, Crop and Food Science, Horticulture and Forestry Science
Additional Information:© Firenze University Press.
Keywords:Alcohol; antioxidants; cancer; catechins; lipids; phenolics; proanthocyanidins; tannins.
Subjects:Science > Science (General)
Plant culture > Fruit and fruit culture > Culture of individual fruits or types of fruit
Deposited On:03 Feb 2009 05:49
Last Modified:24 Oct 2011 02:44

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