The health benefits of apple cider vinegar
For centuries people have been using natural apple cider vinegar as both a food and a medicine for themselves and for their pets. In 400BC, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine used this for its health giving properties, and since then others, have used vinegar and vinegar mixed with honey, as an energizing tonic and a healing elixir.
Apple Cider Vinegar is an effective natural bacteria-fighting agent that contains many vital minerals and trace elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, chlorine, sodium, sulphur, copper, iron, silicon and fluorine that are vital for a healthy body.
Natural Apple Cider Vinegar is made by crushing fresh, organically grown apples and allowing them to mature in wooden barrels. This boosts the natural fermentation qualities of the crushed apples, which differs from the refined and distilled vinegars found in supermarkets. When the vinegar is mature, it contains a dark, cloudy, web-like bacterial foam called mother, which becomes visible when the rich brownish liquid is held to the light. The mother can be used to add to other vinegar to hasten maturity for making more Apple Cider Vinegar. Natural vinegars that contain the mother have enzymes and minerals that other vinegars in grocery stores may not have due to over-processing, over-heating, and filtration. For this reason, it is recommended that you purchase only Natural Apple Cider Vinegar, with an ideal acidity (pH) level of 5 to 7.
Natural Apple Cider Vinegar is a wonderful natural cure for a number of ailments, which usually require antibiotics and other medications that have a number of side effects. In particular, Apple Cider Vinegar has been known to:
• Reduce sinus infections and sore throats
• Balance high cholesterol
• Cure skin conditions such as acne
• Protect against food poisoning
• Fight allergies in both humans and animals
• Prevent muscle fatigue after exercise
• Strengthen the immune system
• Increase stamina
• Increase metabolism, which promotes weight loss
• Improve digestion and cure constipation
• Alleviate symptoms of arthritis and gout
• Prevents bladder stones and urinary tract infections
Apple Cider Vinegar can be found in almost any natural health store, or from a variety of online retailers. It can also be found in capsule form, which helps eliminate the strong sour taste associated with the liquid vinegar.