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At #RNL, we love using food as medicine and in today’s post, I’ll be using a fall favorite to help you heal.
Persimmons are an excellent source of fiber, which helps keep the body regulated. B-complex vitamins are present to stabilize the metabolic system, along with copper and phosphorus.
Persimmons contain health benefiting flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as catechins and gallocatechins in addition to having an important anti-tumor compound, betulinic acid. Catechins found to have anti-infective, anti-inflammatory and anti-hemorrhagic (prevents bleeding from small blood vessels) properties.
Fun facts: Japanese persimmon is widely used by Chinese medical practitioners in the treatment of hiccups.
The empresses and princesses in China have for centuries used persimmon for skin care, citing its brightening and moisturizing benefits. You can take a few chunks of fresh persimmon and mash with a fork to form a pulp. Gently rub all over your face for a few minutes, allowing just the juice to remain on your face for about 15 minutes before rinsing with cold water and following with your regular toner and moisturizer.
Persimmon Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup almond, coconut or raw milk
- 1 tsp maca powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 T almond butter
- 1 pitted date (or drops stevia)
- ¼ cup goji berries
- 1 small persimmon
- 1 T coconut flakes
- option to add 1 T collagen
- Combine all ingredients in your blender and it should be ready to serve!
- If your smoothie is a bit thick, you can always add more almond milk or water to thin it out – enjoy!
Recipe inspired by Beaming
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