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Research shows that persimmons may help reduce risk of heart attack

According to a new study, a persimmon a day could save you from a heart attack.

Researchers told that the reddish-coloured fruit that looks like a large tomato and is normally found in the 'exotic' section at supermarkets does a good job reducing the risk of heart disease.

Researchers have carried out the first known study of its health-giving qualities compared to those of other fruits - particularly the apple.
And bite for bite it comes out top of the fruit bowl according to the Journal Agricultural and Food Chemistry published today.

The team from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem found that persimmons contain significantly higher concentrations of dietary fibre, minerals and phenolic compounds. These are all vital in fighting atherosclerosis, in which the arteries become blocked - a leading cause of heart disease, heart attacks and stroke.

Project leader Dr Shela Gorinstein, a medicinal chemist, said their high contents of fibres, phenolics, minerals and trace elements 'make persimmon preferable for an anti-atherosclerotic diet'. Dr Gorinstein said eating one medium-sized persimmon a day was enough to help fight athero-sclerosis.

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