In 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, treated his patients with raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) because he recognized its powerful cleansing and healing qualities,” according to Patricia Bragg, author of Apple Cider Vinegar…Miracle Health System. (Bragg, 54th edition)
Now, 2,410 years later, many are discovering the amazing healing and preventative properties of ACV for everything from high cholesterol, stomach aches, high blood pressure, arthritis, constipation… the list is endless.
WHAT KIND TO USE: Only use organic, raw, unfiltered/undistilled ACV which contains the “Mother”. The Mother is a brownish, cobweb-like substance/sediment and is a by-product of the way ACV is made, that is, by fermenting apples in wooden barrels. You’ll find this type of ACV at any good health food store and a large bottle will cost you $3.00 – $4.00 tops.
HOW IT WORKS: “Recent studies show a straight 5% solution of vinegar kills 99% of bacteria, 82% of common mold and 89% of germs and viruses. Vinegar is also full of enzymes and life-giving minerals including potassium, phosphorus, natural organic sodium, magnesium, sulphur, iron, copper, natural organic fluorine, silicon, trace minerals, essential amino acids and pectin and other powerful minerals.” (Bragg, 54th edition)
HOW TO USE: For overall good health and as a preventative measure, drink 1 or 2 ACV cocktails daily. Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of ACV to a 16 oz. glass of water (preferable distilled or spring water) and sip on it. For variety you can: (1) add a tsp. of honey, a dash of clove, (2) add 1 tsp. of baking soda, which is particularly good for indigestion relief, or 3) add ACV to freshly-squeezed vegetable juice.
Apple Cider Vinegar REMEDIES:
- Acne: Take 2 tsp of ACV mixed in warm water 3x daily, and apply topically each night with cotton swab.
- Athlete’s Foot: soak your feet daily for 20 minutes in 50% ACV and 50% water. If you don’t see results in one week, go 100% ACV and soak for 20 minutes. If feet get too dried out, rub lightly with coconut oil.
- Acid Reflex Recipe: In ½ glass of water add 1-2 TBSP of ACV. Drink 3x a day. Do it for 5 days, then stop for 2 days. Optional: add ½ to 1 TBSP of baking soda—add slowly as there will be a rush of bubbles.
Reduction in Fasting Blood Sugar Levels
Research was published in the Journal of Functional Foods by Dr. Carol Johnston, Samantha Quagliano and Serena White of Arizona State University on the use of vinegar to manage blood sugar levels.
According to a foodnavigator-usa.com article on the study, the scientists determined that daily consumption of an 8 oz. glass of “Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Sweet Stevia” for 12 weeks led to a significant reduction in fasting blood sugar levels as compared to the control group. The article also notes that the researchers advised, “Purposeful integration of vinegar or acetic acid into the food matrix, beyond the standard dressings and sauces, may facilitate reductions in blood glucose concentrations in both those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and those at risk for this disease.” To read the article, please use this link.
Increasing Calcium Absorption
If there is one thing vinegar fans, marketers, alternative therapists, and scientists alike can agree on, it’s that vinegar is high in acetic acid. And acetic acid, like other acids, can increase the body’s absorption of important minerals from the foods we eat. Therefore, including apple cider vinegar in meals or possibly even drinking a mild tonic of vinegar and water (up to a tablespoon in a glass of water) just before or with meals might improve your body’s ability to absorb the essential minerals locked in foods.
Vinegar may be especially useful to women, who generally have a hard time getting all the calcium their bodies need to keep bones strong and prevent the debilitating, bone-thinning disease osteoporosis. Although dietary calcium is most abundant in dairy products such as milk, many women (and men) suffer from a condition called lactose intolerance that makes it difficult or impossible for them to digest the sugar in milk. As a result, they may suffer uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms, such as cramping and diarrhea, when they consume dairy products. These women must often look elsewhere to fulfill their dietary calcium needs.
Dark, leafy greens are good sources of calcium, but some of these greens also contain compounds that inhibit calcium absorption. Fortunately for dairy-deprived women (and even those who do drink milk), a few splashes of vinegar or a tangy vinaigrette on their greens may very well allow them to absorb more valuable calcium. Don’t you wish all medications were so tasty?
Apple Cider Vinegar is truly one of nature’s powerful remedies and many people find it helpful in treating a host of ailments including: Arthritis * high cholesterol * constipation * stomach aches * high blood pressure * bad breath * weight loss * sinus congestion * sinusitis * chronic fatigue * contact dermatitis * migraines and more.
For more Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar see Is Apple Cider Vinegar That Powerful of a Health Tonic? Science Says Yes