Fruits come with their own share of goodness and health. Undoubtedly Apple is one of the healthiest among fruits. The best way to eat an apple is to clean it and bite into it. As you devour the goodness of an apple you eat it in its most natural form with all the minerals, vitamins and fibre intact. But there are many more ways of consuming the quintessentially healthy apple. Apples can transform into mouthwatering desserts ranging from apple sauce, apple fritters and apple pie to apple chutney.
There is however another potent use of apples and that is apple vinegar. For centuries, vinegar has been used for various household and cooking purposes. It is also an ancient folk remedy to help with all sorts of health problems. The most popular vinegar in the natural health community is Apple Cider Vinegar.It claims to lead to all sorts of beneficial effects… some of which are supported by science.
Apple Cider Vinegar is fermented juice from crushed apples. Like apple juice, it probably contains some pectin; vitamins B1, B2, and B6; biotin; folic acid; niacin; pantothenic acid; and vitamin C. It also contains small amounts of the minerals sodium, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium. Apple cider vinegar can also contain significant quantities of acetic acid and citric acid.
Like apple juice, the best apple cider vinegars are organic, unfiltered and raw (unpasteurized). Fortunately, it’s easy and very inexpensive to make. It just takes some time, naturally, to ferment. Apple Cider Vinegar is made from cut apples kept in water and allowed to ferment for six months at warm temperatures. There is formation of a grayish scum that is filtered and then left for another 4-6 weeks. And there you have it, your own homemade apple cider vinegar.
Vinegar is said to have been discovered around 5000 BC, when unattended grape juice turned into wine and then vinegar. Originally used as a food preservative, vinegar’s medicinal uses soon came to light. Apple Cider Vinegar also known as ACV is not only a flavourful addition to recipes, the likes of beans, salads and sauces, but it has respected medicinal qualities.
Helps to combat Diabetes: Studies have found that vinegar may help to lower glucose levels, making it a beneficial treatment for people with type 2 diabetes. Vinegar is said to be anti-glycemic and has a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels. It’s thought that the acetic acid in vinegar may lower blood sugar by preventing the complete digestion of complex carbohydrates. Taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed may lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
Benefits for Heart Health: Vinegar has been indicated to lower cholesterol and also reduce blood pressure. Vinegar has also been found to decrease triglyceride levels and VLDL levels (the damaging form of cholesterol).
Help With Weight Loss: Given that vinegar lowers blood sugar and insulin levels, it makes sense that it could help you lose weight. ACV can increase satiety, help you eat fewer calories and even lead to actual pounds lost on the scale.
Energy Boost: Apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes to help banish fatigue. Plus, its amino acids may help prevent the buildup of lactic acid in your body, further preventing fatigue.
Aids digestion: Apple cider vinegar improves digestion and is particularly beneficial for people with stomach issues such as reflux, bloating and indigestion. ACV can be used to make a salad dressing or consumed one teaspoon with water before each meal.
Additionally ACV can be put to many other uses both around your home and as a beauty enhancer. Used as conditioner vinegar makes hair, glossy, shiny and dandruff-free. Equal parts of Vinegar and water on the hair 5-15 minutes before rinsing can promote glossy tresses. It can also be used as a skin toner (one part vinegar to two parts water), and left on overnight to fade age spots and acne.
Vinegar is one of the best natural cleaning agents there is, and this is largely due to its antimicrobial properties .ACV can be used in preserving foods. Vinegar is one of the best natural agents for removing certain pesticides and bacteria from fresh produce. Veggies or Fruits can be soaked in a bath of 1:10 solution of vinegar and water in the solution, and rinsed thoroughly. One part vinegar to two parts water makes a concoction effective enough to gently clean and disinfect household surfaces.
Apple Cider Vinegar is healthy and highly useful for people who like to keep things as natural and chemical free as possible. Although abundantly available in health stores and groceries, commercially available vinegar looses some of its potency in processing and pasteurization. It is recommended to use organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar preferably home made.
So go ahead and make good use of the healthful and worthy Apple Cider Vinegar.