Apple cider vinegar has long been used as a delicious condiment, having a characteristic tangy taste that goes well with raw and cooked food alike.
Organically produced apple cider vinegar retains all the vitamins and minerals of the apples, but also enzymes produced during the fermentation process. Most commercial apple cider vinegars have unfortunately been filtered and pasteurised, which destroys the beneficial enzymes.
You should make sure the ‘mother’ of the vinegar is still present in the bottle: look for a darker thicker substance at the bottom of the bottle. This will be a good giveaway the vinegar contains all of its possible goodness.
TASTY, AND BENEFICIAL?
Hippocrates (the ‘Western father of medicine’) used apple cider vinegar mixed with honey for its health benefits. What benefits?
Apple cider vinegar contains many vitamins and minerals (potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron amongst others), as well as beta-carotene and pectin. Potassium, an alkalising mineral that assists in the elimination of toxic waste is also present in large amounts. Beta-carotene assists with damage caused by free radicals, helping to maintain skin with a firmer, more youthful appearance. Pectin is a fibre which helps reduce bad cholesterol and helps regulate blood pressure.
In 2005 a Swedish study looked at the effect of vinegar on digestion. Not only does vinegar increase satiety, but when taken with a meal vinegar helps keep blood sugar and insulin levels lower. Keeping in mind peaks and troughs in blood sugar can lead to cravings, including vinegar with a meal is ideal for those trying to slim down.
Apple cider vinegar also contains malic acid, helpful in fighting fungal and bacterial infections. That’s not all! It also helps dissolve uric acid deposits around joints, relieving joint pain.
Due to its high mineral content and alkalising properties, it may also be helpful with ailments ranging from constipation, headaches, indigestion, high cholesterol, diarrhoea, eczema, chronic fatigue and hair loss.
HOW TO TAKE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
You can of course use apple cider vinegar as you would vinegar in cooking.
You can also take it in the following way: mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of water, and drink it first thing in the morning (avoid the honey if you suffer from blood sugar problems or fructose intolerance). Taken first thing in the morning this drink may be particularly helpful to those suffering from constipation.