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Health Benefits of Pomegranate Vinegar With Recipes

Updated on August 19, 2016
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Mazlan wasn’t into health & fitness, but as age crept up on him, he realizes the importance & benefits of living a fit & healthy lifestyle

If you read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, you'll remember that the pomegranate tree is central to the two main characters' development.

Pomegranate trees and fruits are so common in this part of Asia and the Middle East that it is depicted in many of its literature, paintings, and stories.

It is also mentioned in several of the texts in the Torah, Bible, and Quran. That is because it is loaded with several nutrients and will benefit those who eat them. Just like dates, pomegranate is one of the essential ingredients in most Middle Eastern food and you can find them in many of their recipes.

Most people will eat the fruit raw, but you can also take pomegranate in the form of juice, molasses, paste, tea, vinegar and even in capsule form. Pomegranate vinegar?

Yes. You may be familiar with the health benefits of vinegar, especially Apple Cider Vinegar. However, not many are familiar with the health benefits of pomegranate vinegar.

As this article is for information only, please get your doctor's advice before taking pomegranate vinegar to treat any ailments that you may have. Check if it will interfere with the medication that you are now taking.

Pomegranate has been used as traditional remedy for years and people from the Middle East have known its health benefits for centuries
Pomegranate has been used as traditional remedy for years and people from the Middle East have known its health benefits for centuries | Source

Health Benefits

This ruby-red vinegar with a fruity sweetness and crisp acidity is packed with many benefits, which are as follows:

  • Aids Digestive System: Pomegranate vinegar is rich in acetic acid that helps with the digestive system. This is done by increasing the body's capacity to take up essential nutrients from the food that we eat. To benefits from this, add pomegranate vinegar in salads or take pomegranate vinegar as a drink (mix 1-2 tablespoon in a glass of water) before or with meals. This will help improve the absorption of essential minerals found in foods.
  • Improve Body Performance: The easy absorption of vital minerals in the food that we eat will help us fight against diabetes, cancers and osteoporosis. Since pomegranate vinegar aids in our digestive system, it plays a part in improving our health by letting our body perform better.

  • Better absorption of calcium: People suffering from dairy product intolerance (lactose intolerance) will need alternative sources for their calcium intake. This can be from spinach, broccoli, or garlic. If you add a drop of pomegranate vinegar in these foods, your body will absorb calcium more easily.
  • Lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels: Just like eating apricot seeds, Pomegranate Vinegar can lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels. This indirectly helps reduce the chances of getting heart diseases and strokes.
  • Improves Memory and Mood Swings: Pomegranate fruit is rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that control free radicals and help improve memory and any mood swings such as depression. The rich ruby-red color of pomegranate vinegar is a sign of the large presence of flavonoids and hence, its benefits.
  • Clogged arteries: It is also claimed to be a remedy for clogged arteries, hypertension, fight certain cancer cells and even beneficial to HIV patients.

Where to Buy Pomegranate Vinegar

Pomegranate vinegar is very popular and commonly used by people from the Middle East, Turkey, Iran, and the Northern African countries such as Egypt, Libya, and Algeria.

Hence, you will find pomegranate vinegar in Middle Eastern/ Arab sundry shops. You can also buy it at Health Food stores and in large supermarkets that stock international foods. Alternatively, you can buy pomegranate vinegar online.

How to use Pomegranate Vinegar

There are several ways to enjoy the fruity sweetness and benefits of pomegranate vinegar. It can be taken:

  • As a drink: Mix 1-2 tablespoons of pomegranate vinegar into a glass of water. Drink first thing in the morning and last thing at night. If you find it difficult to drink, add a bit of honey to sweeten the taste. You can also have it before or during meals.
  • As salad dressing: Use pomegranate vinegar as the only ingredient in your salad dressing or experiment with a few concoctions such as mixing pomegranate vinegar with olive oil, garlic, or mustard.
  • In your cooking: Use pomegranate vinegar to replace other vinegar in your cooking such as in barbecue sauce, soups, and salsa. It can also be used as a seasoning for fish and chicken. Marinating meat with pomegranate vinegar will give a fruitier flavor to your cooking.
  • In your pickle: If you pickle vegetables such as garlic, cucumber, and gherkins, use pomegranate vinegar instead of your usual vinegar.
  • As a dip: Add pomegranate vinegar to olive oil and use it as a dip.

Korean Pomegranate Vinegar

Lately, Koreans have been actively marketing the virtues of vinegar drinks and have used celebrities to market their respective brands.

There are several Korean brands that specialize in fruit vinegar. Among the most popular are pomegranate vinegar, persimmon vinegar, and raspberry vinegar. You can find them at most of Korean grocery stores.

Some of the companies suggest that the fruit vinegar can be frozen as ice cubes and added to drinks, yogurt or even turned into a popsicle!

Koreans loved fruit vinegar and pomegranate vinegar is widely consumed in Korea
Koreans loved fruit vinegar and pomegranate vinegar is widely consumed in Korea | Source

Pomegranate Vinegar Salad Dressing Recipe with Mustard

Ingredients
Amount
Pomegranate Vinegar
2 tablespoons
Pomegranate Molasses
1/4 cup
Honey
1 tablespoon
Dijon Mustard
1 tablespoon
Salt
to taste
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon
Extra virgin olive oil
3/4 cup

Preparation:

Beat together the pomegranate vinegar, molasses, honey, mustard, salt and pepper. Then slowly add in the olive oil until completely blended.

Pomegranate Vinegar Salad Dressing Recipe with Garlic

Ingredients
Amount
Pomegranate Vinegar
1/4 cup
Olive Oil
1/4 cup
Pepper
a pinch
Garlic powder
a pinch

Preparation:

Whisk together all the ingredients until emulsified.

You can enjoy the health benefits of pomegranate fruits either from eating fresh pomegranate  fruits, drinking fresh pomegranate juice or taking the pomegrante capsule
You can enjoy the health benefits of pomegranate fruits either from eating fresh pomegranate fruits, drinking fresh pomegranate juice or taking the pomegrante capsule | Source

Homemade Pomegranate Vinegar Recipe

Before you decide to try to brew pomegranate vinegar yourself, let me caution you that the process is very sensitive and tends to spoil easily. For example, if part of the crushed seeds were to enter the juice, the fermentation would be spoiled.

Here is the recipe if you still want to give it a shot:

As a rough guide, you will need four kg (8.8 lb.) of pomegranate fruits to produce one liter (0.26 gallons) of pomegranate vinegar (after evaporation and filtration losses).

Preparation:

  • After peeling the fruits, juice them and placed the liquid in a juice jar. Refrigerate for two days. This will allow all the crushed seeds to settle to the bottom.
  • Filter the juice carefully, making sure the crushed seed does not enter the filtered part of the juice. Don't throw away these crushed seeds as they can be eaten and are a good source of fiber.
  • After placing the filtered juice in a new juice jar, cover the jar with a cloth and fasten it properly with a rubber band. Store the jar in a dark room and allow the juice to ferment for 30 days.
  • Next, filter it a second time and ferment the twice-filtered juice for another 60 days. At the end of this 90 day fermentation process, filter the vinegar one last time.
  • Keep the filtered vinegar bottled, and store it in the refrigerator. It will be sharper and crisper during the next few days. Then, you can start using it.

Benefits of Pomegranate

© 2011 Mazlan

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      Mazlan 3 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, Mario. That sounds great. You can earn some extra cash if you sell your pomegranate vinegar online, such as through amazon.com! Give it a try.

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      Mario 3 months ago

      I make Pomegranate Vinegar since 2009. I have a 5 gallon from this year's fruits from our trees.

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      Oztinato 8 months ago from Australia

      Great Stuff

      I am quite certain of this "reverse quantity" effect. It appears that there are still unknown facts about the content of pomegranate. It may be that some of the active ingredients are behaving in this way.

      The amazing local Korean Deli here has a "black label" bottle of pom vinegar mixed with rice vinegar. The owners say the rice vinegar is more powerful than even pom vinegar (they also recommend small quantities mixed with water).

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      Mazlan 8 months ago from Malaysia

      Hey Oztinato. Thanks for sharing this. I must do my research now on why this is so :-)

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      Oztinato 9 months ago from Australia

      I use pom vinegar every day. I've found it is more potent if you use only a small amount mixed with water. Large amounts are less effective! Why this is I do not know.

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      Mazlan 9 months ago from Malaysia

      I have gastric and I take dates vinegar, pomegranate vinegar and sometimes apple cider vinegar, and I have no problem.

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      9 months ago

      If the person has a hyper acidity can still drink pomigranate vinegar?

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      Mazlan 2 years ago from Malaysia

      Oztinato

      Pom Vinegar does lower your blood pressure and help reduce clogged arteries. Hence, blood can flow better to places that it has not reached before. As you had discovered it does wonders to your life, which we will not elaborate here. Enjoy your kaboom!

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

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      I am 60 and have been having a relationship with a 30 year old woman for five years thanks to pom juice. The pom vinegar is more than twice as powerful as quality juice!! kaboom!! We have a saying here "bigger than ben hur".

      Pom is one of the few aphrodisiacs for people with high blood pressure. The other main aphrodisiacs are for people with low blood pressure.

      I am just now finding out that the pom vinegar seems to be drastically lowering my blood pressure. I will be testing this over the next few weeks and getting back to you.

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      Mazlan 2 years ago from Malaysia

      Oztinato, glad to get to know a lover of vinegar and esp. pomegranate vinegar. I too love this stuff, but lately had been taking the Dates Vinegar instead as it is cheaper! Keep us posted on your romance with pomegranate vinegar. Thanks for sharing.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      The korean stuff is delicious but I will soon be guzzling Waldburg too.

      To me it acts like a very powerful aphrodisiac. Seriously atomic!

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      Mazlan 2 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Oztinato. If you want to sip pomegranate vinegar straight, then try VOM FASS WALDBURG Balsam Pomegranate. It has been aged and it doesn't taste so acidic, but it is expensive.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      Mazlan

      Is it ok to sip a little pom vinegar straight? I love the stuff.

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      Mazlan 2 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Melissa

      Are you referring to Pompeian Red Wine Pomegranate Vinegar? I am not familiar with this brand, but I believed it is infused with the goodness of pomegranate.

      Vinegar that are made through the direct fermentation process using 100% pomegranate fruit will be the best, instead of the infused version.

      I am currently using the brand from Korean (see photo above). Not sure if you can buy this at Korean stores in your country. Sometimes I use the pomegranate vinegar imported from Turkey, which might be available in the Middle Eastern stores in your country.

      Whichever brands that are available nearest to your place, buy the 100% pomegranate vinegar and not the infused or mixed with other vinegar/fruits versions.

      Hope this helps.

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      Melissa 2 years ago

      Is there a particular brand of Pomegranate Vinegar? I found Pompeii Red Wine Pomegranate Vinegar at my local grocery store. Is this brand ok? Still full of the benefits? Or is there another brand I should buy?

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      Mazlan 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi Uj, to answer your question, it should not be an issue, however, you may want to read the following articles published in the US National Library of Medicine (NCBI) for further clarification:

      1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC178520...

      2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC224594...

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      Uj 3 years ago

      can someone with history of gastric ulcer take it,since is very acidic

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      Mazlan 3 years ago from Malaysia

      @nastarcia, For a start, take one teaspoon in a glass of water, once a day and slowly increase it to twice a day. Then, from one teaspoon, move up to one tablespoon. Hope you will gain from this.

      @Casey White, thanks. Using pomegranate extract as part of the foot scrub regime is new to me. Thanks for sharing this info.

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      Crystal Finley 3 years ago from Tennessee

      I'm going to try pomegranate vinegar! thanks for sharing this wonderful hub!

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      Dorothy A Casey McKenney 3 years ago from United States

      Very well done. My daughter uses Pomegranate extract, along with many other extracts, in her sugar foot scrubs that she concocts in her kitchen.

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      suleiman 4 years ago

      very good notes for we researchers and learners that eat fruits. thank you

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      @livingpah2004 If you live in the US, you can buy pomegranate vinegar on-line and some companies do free delivery

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      Milli 4 years ago from USA

      We have all kinds of vinegar but pomegranate. I have to get this one. Very informative hub. Useful and Voted up!

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      Mazlan 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi teaches12345, nice of you to drop by again. If you can't find pomegranate vinegar at your local specialty store/ Middle Eastern store, go on-line. You will find them.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I did not know that pomegranate vinegar existed as a remedy in stores. I will have to look into this as my husband needs to keep his arteries helthy. Thanks for sharing this valuable informaiton. Voted up.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi rosika. Thank you and I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the article. If you intend to do your own pomegranate vinegar, be extra careful with the crushed seeds. If it enters the juice, the whole process may get spoilt. Good Luck and do let us know of your progress..make a hub!

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      rosika 5 years ago

      Really loved the information and am pleased to know about its benefit...I will try making pomegranate vinegar and will let you know! Thx! voted up!

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi thumbi7, nice of you to drop by again. Thanks for the comment and thanks for sharing.

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Pomegranates have many beneficial effecfts on health

      Thanks for SHARING the Pomegranate vinegar recipe

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Thanks Ariel. Hope you will join the HubPages community soon.

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      Ariel 5 years ago

      Hi I enjoyed reading this article, good information.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Hi travel_man1971, thanks for dropping by. Yes you should give it a try. The fresh fruits may not be on season or can be expensive, so I take the supplement and the vinegar.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      This is really great stuff. I've seen pomegranate at the local market. I would like to give it a try by following your tips. Thanks for sharing!

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @Alydar..thanks. Good to know that you will be making the pomegranate vinegar, be sure to take care in not getting the crushed seed into your filtered juice.

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      Alydar 5 years ago from Beaufort, SC

      This is new to me...I can't wait to try making my own pommegranite vinegar;) Great hub!

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @tirelesstraveler: thanks for dropping by.If you have tried apple cider vinegar as part of your health routine, try pomegranate vinegar for a change..its sweeter but more acidic

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Pomegranates are really good for you, but I never heard about vinegar until your hub. Great information

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