"let Them Eat Leaves"

By: Roger grammond

Let them eat Leaves!

This is a little take off of Marie Antonett's famous statement,"let them eat cake" during the French revolution and just before she lost her head.

I have a few health problems and as a result I have gotten into researching what nature has to offer the many different ailments that humans are afflicted with. I firmly believe that nature contains everything we need to stay healthy. Still, since I don't know all things, I still rely on my doctors to stay alive.

I have decided to share some of what I have learned. For example:

Persimmon Leaves

Did you know that if you tend to live on a high-fat diet, as I love to do, You could supplement your diet with powdered leaves taken from Native American persimmon trees. Why? This can inhibit weight gain and lower both food intake and plasma lipid levels. The rich fiber and phenolic content of persimmon leaves, which are commonly used to make tea in India, increases the amount of lipids removed from the body as feces.

I found an interesting study done in the republic of Korea. A group of researchers studied three groups of rats. One group ate a normal rat diet, whatever that is, a second group ate a high fat diet, and a third group ate the same high fat diet but supplemented it with powdered whole persimmon leaves for six week.

The rats that ate the just the high fat diet gained an average of 14% more than the group that ate a normal rat diet. The rats that ate the high fat diet and the powdered leaves were the same weight as those on the regular rat diet.

The obvious conclusion is that the powdered Persimmon leaves kept the rat's weight down by helping them to excrete more fecal matter, You know s***.

I found that the Persimmon leaf has many uses as well as an interesting history. The use of Persimmon leaves (Diospyros kaki) originated in China and has been grown for over 1000 years in Japan, which is the leading producer today. A similar variety of the Persimmon fruit (Diospyros virginiana) grows in the Eastern USA and is called Pawdad. The tannins and flavonoids in Persimmon leaves have anti-hypertensive, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-mutagenic properties. The leaf also acts as a mild laxative. It is used for hemorrhoids and varicose veins. Persimmon leaf extract containing astragalin, when taken orally, acts as a natural antihistamine which helps to reduce allergic reactions. It relieves the symptoms of dermatitis, reducing inflammation and thickening of the skin. Persimmon leaves also alleviate itching. The astringent raw Persimmon fruit is used to treat constipation, gastro-intestinal irritation, dysentery, chronic diarrhea, ulceration of the bowel and stomach, catarrh of the rectum and colon, hemorrhoids, and to stop bleeding.

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