Apple Cider Vinegar has been highly regarded throughout history. In 400 B.C. the great Hippocrates, Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing health qualities.
Not all Apple Cider Vinegar is Created Equal
First of all, not all vinegar is created equal..pretty much the problem with most foods. You have to get unfiltered, unheated, unpasteurized organic apple cider vinegar to reap the benefits...just plain old vinegar won't do it. Also, vinegar pills..not going to do it..The main reason is due to the "mother".
|This brown stuff at the bottom..that's the "mother"|
Unfortunately this extra processing destroys much of the healthy goodness and thus many of the apple cider benefits that were in the product in the first place.
The best type of apple cider vinegar to use is one made from cold pressed, organically grown whole apples, in which no chemicals or preservatives have been added, which contains the "mother of vinegar", and is not pasteurized. The "mother of vinegar" is a natural gelatinous substance formed during the last fermentation step. This is the part with the most health benefits. The mother contains the enzymes and minerals. Remember that apples are one of the highest fruits in pesticides, so buying organic apple products is a must.
Apple cider vinegar should be mixed with water, tea, or juice. It can be used is salad dressings and other recipes. For the best health benefits mix 3tsp-2tbsp in to 8 ounces of water. Undiluted it can erode tooth enamel and burn your mouth and throat due to it's acidic ph levels of 5-7.
What's in it?
Scientists have measured ninety different substances in apple cider vinegar such as thirteen types of carbolic acids, four aldehydes, twenty ketones, eighteen types of alcohols, eight ethyl acetates etc.
It also contains important minerals, trace elements and vitamins (as listed underneath) as well acetic acid, propionic acid, lactic acid, enzymes, amino acids as well as roughage in the form of potash and apple pectin.
Minerals and trace elementsPotassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Chlorine, Sodium, Sulfur, Copper, Iron, Silicon, Fluorine.
VitaminsVitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Provitamin beta-carotene, Vitamin D
Weight LossWhile it is not known why, many people claim that Apple Cider Vinegar promotes weight loss. Some theories suggest that ACV helps to speed up the metabolism, while others suggest that it burns calories. A number of nutritionists also believe that combining Vitamin B6 and Lecithin with Apple Cider Vinegar is highly effective for weight loss. A suggested remedy is to mix 2 teaspoons of ACV mixed with a glass of water and drink this before every meal or sip it slowly throughout the day
Bad BreathDue to its acidic properties, Apple Cider Vinegar makes a wonderful remedy for bad breath or halitosis. Simply add 1/2 tablespoon of ACV into a cup of water and gargle the mixture in your mouth for 10 seconds at a time until the cup is empty.
Skin Problems and Infections
AcneApple Cider Vinegar is a natural cure for acne.
Dilute the Apple Cider Vinegar in water by one part of vinegar and 3 to 4 parts of water.
For more severe acne, the water ratio can also be reduced to 2 or 3 parts per one part of vinegar, but this stronger solution should not be left on overnight.
Age SpotsApple Cider Vinegar contains sulfur that fights the effects of aging, which makes it suitable for treating age spots.
CelluliteMany women have found that Apple Cider Vinegar can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Take orally mix 3 tsp with 8 oz water.
ConstipationApple Cider Vinegar is frequently used as a natural cure for constipation.
DiarrheaThere are various causes for diarrhea, and although it should not be left untreated, it is often a natural way for the body to rid itself of harmful compounds and ingested materials. Apple Cider Vinegar is a fantastic natural remedy for diarrhea since the high pectin concentration acts as a protective coating which soothes the irritated lining of the colon. A suggestion is to add 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to a large glass of water, and drink this 3 times daily while the symptoms persist.
DiabetesApple Cider Vinegar may help to control high blood sugar levels, which is why it is often used as a natural treatment for Diabetes.
FatigueLactic acid is released in the body during exercise as well as periods of stress, and this can lead to fatigue, which in turn can be combated by the amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar. The enzymes, as well as the potassium contained in apple cider vinegar can also be of great help in the quest for more energy and vitality.
Taken orally often helps relieve joint pain and stiffness.
This is an exert from Tosca Reno's eat clean blog: Many of us in North America are under the false belief that we have too much stomach acid and pop Tums and other acid reducing supplements. The truth is most of us DO NOT have enough stomach acid and this is where so much tummy trouble begins including carrying extra inches around your waist.
I take prevacid, as well as my children do, every day for acid reflux. I started taking Bragg's apple cider vinegar and stopped the prevacid this weekend on myself to see if I can cure it naturally.
The truth is..it tastes bitter, but it's not that bad..I just chug it. I will keep you updated if it relieves my heartburn and maybe I will lose a couple of pounds as a bonus :D
Click here for Bragg's website and here for a good website with some more information, tips, and usage.
I bought mine at Kroger's and I'm sure it's available a lot of other places locally. If you add agave, honer, or stevia to the mixture of vinegar and water, it takes the bitterness edge off :D