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Uses and Health Benefits of Persimmon Vinegar, a Fruit Vinegar

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Check out the amazing uses and health benefits of persimmon vinegar

Check out the amazing uses and health benefits of persimmon vinegar

Persimmon Vinegar Uses

If you are a heavy drinker, do you know that persimmon vinegar is good for you?

If you are into sports, you can use it as an energy drink.

These are some of the uses and medicinal benefits of the amazing persimmon fruit vinegar, which is made from colorful persimmon fruits.

This article reviews all you need to know about the uses and health benefits of persimmon vinegar.

Persimmon Vinegar Benefits

You may or may not have heard of persimmon vinegar before, but this fruit vinegar is very popular in Korea, Japan, China, and Taiwan. Although taken mainly for its health benefits and is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, it has other useful applications in the food industry as well.

Unlike other varieties of vinegar such as apple cider vinegar and balsamic vinegar, there are only a few research and studies done to confirm its benefits.
These studies, mainly by researchers in Korean Universities, however, confirmed the many benefits to be gained from persimmon vinegar.

Benefits of Persimmon Vinegar at a Glance

Persimmon vinegar can be used as a drinking vinegar and in your cooking and you can gain the following benefits:

  • For liver damage
  • Fatigue recovery
  • Lower cholesterol level
  • For energy and recovery from exercise
  • For weight loss
  • Reduce heart disease

It also has other uses, which are:

  • As natural antibiotics for the livestock industry
  • Prolong shelf life for fish
Check out the many amazing persimmon vinegar benefits

Check out the many amazing persimmon vinegar benefits

Persimmon Vinegar for Liver Damage

One of the long-term effects of high consumption of alcohol is liver damage and the more serious effect is alcoholic hepatitis or cirrhosis.

Cirrhosis of the Liver

The simple treatment for liver disease such as cirrhosis (in its early stage) is to stop drinking alcohol completely. This may not be easy but if you do, you will go through a very stressful withdrawal symptom stage.

Alternatively, you can take the medication in the form of antibiotics and other drugs for various symptoms and complications of liver disease. This, however, can be expensive.

Natural Remedies for Liver

There are also natural remedies available and that includes the use of coconut oil, castor oil, and turmeric.

Another natural remedy is to drink persimmon vinegar, a good source of superoxide dismutase.

To check on the effectiveness of persimmon vinegar for alcohol-related liver damage, a study was conducted in 2008 by two researchers, Moon YJ and Cha YS from the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition of Chonbuk National University, Korea.

The study concluded that persimmon vinegar can prevent liver damage caused by high alcoholic consumption. This is an inexpensive form of medication and is easily available.

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Hence, the reason why persimmon vinegar is used as traditional medicine for hangovers as well as for fatigue and intestinal problems, in old Korea.

Persimmon Vinegar - Reduce Cholesterol Level

When you are on a high-fat diet and eating mostly foods high in cholesterol with less physical activity, you run the risk of cardiovascular disease or poor heart health, and even oxidative stress.

You will also have excess body weight and narrowed blood vessels that affect your blood circulation. When all these happen, you end up with excess triglyceride and a high cholesterol level.

The same study by Moon YJ et al. also concluded that persimmon vinegar can reduce triglyceride and total cholesterol levels.

So, What is Triglyceride?

A triglyceride is a form of fat that the body uses for energy. Too much triglyceride can be bad. A normal level is less than 150 and a high level is above 200.

What is Total Cholesterol?

Add your 'bad' cholesterol number or LDL, and 'good' cholesterol number or HDL together to give “X”. Take your triglyceride level number and divide by five. This gives "Y”. The sum of “X" and “Y” is your Total Cholesterol

This amazing fruit makes an amazing persimmon vinegar

This amazing fruit makes an amazing persimmon vinegar

Persimmon Vinegar for Energy & Recovery

The same study also cited the effectiveness of persimmon vinegar for stamina.

Adding persimmon vinegar to your favorite sports drink will increase the oxygen intake during your workout or exercise. This will improve your stamina and give you better recovery from work-out fatigue.

In another study by other researchers, Chan-Kyu Han, Sung-Soo Kim, and Hong-Nam Go of Korea Food Research Institute and Korea One Health Drink Company, they found similar results.

Instead of using a sports drink, they use persimmon vinegar mixed with red ginseng. They found this improves vitality and helps in fatigue recovery.

To benefit from this study, add one tablespoon of persimmon vinegar to your favorite can of sports drink.

Make Your Own Persimmon Vinegar Sports Drink

Alternatively, make your own sports drink by adding one tablespoon of persimmon vinegar to 8 oz. water. Then, add a pinch of salt and mix them together. Viola, you just make your own non-carbonated sports drink. It is that simple.

As an option, you can add one tablespoon of honey.

Persimmon vinegar can heals liver damage

Persimmon vinegar can heals liver damage

Persimmon Vinegar in Weight Management

In another study conducted by researchers from Chonbuk National University, Woosuk University, and Inje University, Korea, persimmon vinegar is effective for weight loss as it reduces obesity and blood lipids levels, lower blood pressure, and improves digestion and the digestive system.

So, if you want to lose weight and body fat loss, take persimmon vinegar and indulge in healthy lifestyles including regular exercises will help you achieve this goal.

Antioxidative Effects of Persimmon Vinegar

In another study to see the effect of persimmon vinegar on coronary artery disease, researchers, Takeshita T, Mure K, Morioka I, and Arita M of Wakayama Medical University, Japan, had 81 volunteers aged between 30 to 69 drink persimmon vinegar.

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

At the end of the study, they found persimmon vinegar has antioxidative effects that reduced the urinary 8-isoprostane level and increased the plasma antioxidant power.

Since urinary 8-isoprostane levels will show the presence and severity of coronary artery disease and if persimmon vinegar can reduce this level, then the heart disease will have a reduced risk.

Anti-Aging Drink

An antioxidant is a substance that can prevent and delay cell damage by free radicals. The study stated that persimmon vinegar can increase the antioxidant power. Hence, a persimmon vinegar drink can delay cell damage and can be an anti-aging drink!

The scientist did give a caveat though; they need to do further study to confirm the seasonal influences and whether males & females have any bearing on these antioxidative effects.

Persimmon Vinegar for the Fishing Industry

One of the biggest issues in the fishing industry is to prolong the shelf life without the undesirable odors and off-flavors of their catch.

In the study conducted by S. Sakanaka and Y. Ishihara of Hiroshima University, Japan, the high antioxidant properties, high phenolic contents, and radical-scavenging activities of persimmon vinegar will inhibit and control lipid oxidation in tuna. It will also retard the growth of microbes such as E. coli.

So, if you intend to retain the freshness of a fish bought in the market, soak it in persimmon vinegar for a minute before storage.

Fermented Persimmon Extract as Natural Antibiotic for the Livestock Industry

The ban by the European Union on the use of antibiotics on livestock in 2006 had intensified the search for alternative remedies. These include the use of herbs and plants.

In Korea, fermented persimmon extract in the form of persimmon vinegar, with its high content of acetate, amino acid, gallic acid, antioxidant properties, and low pH value is used in the food industry for food safety.

If it is suitable for food safety, will it be a suitable component as a natural antibiotic for the livestock industry?

Fermented Persimmon Extract

To find out, the scientist at Gyeongsang National University, Korea added fermented persimmon extract to the feed intake of cows and sheep.

This study showed improvements in the nutrient digestibility and ruminal fermentation indices, which inhibit undesirable mold and yeast growth.

Hence, fermented persimmon extract at a certain dosage level is a good natural alternative to the banned antibiotics.

Benefits of Persimmon Fruits

The benefits of persimmon vinegar are indirectly related to the benefits of persimmon fruits (scientific name: Diospyros kaki, for the oriental persimmon, and diospyros virginiana, commonly called the American persimmon.) So let's review its goodness.

Persimmon fruit, with its sweet and honey flavor, is rich in nutrients and is a good source of phytonutrients. Among the many health benefits of eating persimmon are:

  • Rich source of antioxidants that directly and indirectly help prevent cancer, and as anti-aging fruits.
  • High in fiber that helps with digestive health.
  • Rich in vitamins A, C, and K that are good for age-related eye diseases such as cataracts and improve your overall eye health.
  • The high fiber, minerals, and phenolic compounds will help prevent some heart diseases.
  • The high dietary fiber will also assist in weight loss.
  • The high vitamin C content will be an immune booster.
  • Based on the ScienceDirect report, persimmon fruits and leaves have the anti-cancer and anti-tumor compound called Betulinic acid to fight against colorectal cancer, lung cancer, and skin cancers. So, it is a good idea to plant persimmon trees!
  • The same report also noted that persimmons have phytonutrients called Catechins which have anti-inflammatory effects to reduce inflammation and anti-viral
  • The article in Nutrients by MDPI noted that persimmons are rich in bioactive compounds and reactive oxygen species and hence, can boost the immune system, lower blood sugar, are good for people with type 2 diabetes, and help protect your eyes from eye problems such as Macular degeneration.

Persimmon Nutrition Facts

1 persimmon about 168 grams has the following nutritional values:
Calories: 118
Protein: 1 gram
Carbs: 31 grams
Fiber: 6 grams
Fat: 0.3 grams
Vitamin A: 55%
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine): 8%
Vitamin C: 22%
Vitamin E: 6%
Vitamin K: 5%
Manganese: 30%
Copper: 9%
Potassium: 8% of the RDI
Others: Thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), folic acid, and the mineral manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus.
(the percentage is of the Reference Daily Intake)

Black persimmon has thick skin and is of the astringent variety. This black persimmon tree is from Hebei province in China

Black persimmon has thick skin and is of the astringent variety. This black persimmon tree is from Hebei province in China

How to Use Persimmon Vinegar

Okay, you have read all the benefits of persimmon vinegar and cannot wait to try it.

Like any other vinegar, there are many ways for you to use this fruit vinegar.

You can use it to flavor foods, use it in salad dressings or as sauces, and of course, as mentioned before, you can mix it with water or other liquids to make drinks. As a vinegar drink, it is best to take on an empty stomach or before a meal to maximize its health benefits.

Warning: Vinegar Ingestion

Vinegar is not meant to be taken neat. As a vinegar drink, it should be diluted in the ratio of 1 tablespoon persimmon vinegar to 8 ounces of warm or cold water. Even though it is a weak acid, it can cause stomach upset and indigestion and you may experience nausea and vomiting.

Persimmon Vinegar as Salad Dressing

To enjoy it as salad dressing, try this recipe:

Mix lamb's lettuce, fresh goat cheese, pecans or walnuts, chopped peaches and strawberries in a big bowl. The amount of each item is your own choice. Then, drizzle it with persimmon vinegar. It is ready to serve and eat.

Persimmon Vinaigrette

To make your own persimmon vinaigrette, add persimmon vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, mustard powder, salt, and pepper. Mix them together and it is ready to use.

Where to Buy Persimmon Vinegar

Persimmon vinegar is very much a Korean and Japanese vinegar and is available in the Korean and Japanese grocery stores.

Otherwise, buy them online through Amazon.

Persimmon Vinegar Recipe

The authentic persimmon vinegar is made only from ripe persimmons with the process of acetic acid fermentation. If you are keen to make your own persimmon vinegar there are several recipes on how to make persimmon vinegar or other fruit vinegars that are available online including videos on YouTube, or you can watch it here:

Will You Try Persimmon Vinegar?

Now that you know the health benefits gained from drinking persimmon vinegar, will you give it a try?

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Disclaimer

Before you give persimmon vinegar a try, check with your doctor if there is any adverse reaction to the medications that you are currently taking.

This article serves as information on its many benefits, and not meant to be a prescription or treatment for your current ailments. Use it in consultation with your doctor.

Benefits of Persimmon Vinegar, Hear it from the Expert

References

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2014 Mazlan A

Comments

Yong on February 22, 2018:

I only know of persimmon fruits. I didnt't know they have the persimmon vinegar as well. I guess I should give it a try.

Raj on February 22, 2018:

I have never heard of Persimmon Vinegar before. Must look for it

Mazlan A (author) from Malaysia on April 28, 2014:

JaneA, Fruit vinegars such as persimmons vinegar are more expensive than regular vinegar and hence is a luxury to use them as cleaning agent. Although it can still do the cleaning job, it is a lot cheaper to use the regular cooking vinegar that you can buy from any supermarket.

JaneA from California on April 26, 2014:

I like to use (diluted) vinegar for cleaning my floor! Any benefits of Persimmon Vinegar there?

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