The Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

What Are The Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar? Is drinking apple cider vinegar going to improve your health? Fix your gout? Balance your blood sugar? My father in law is devoted to his daily shot of apple cider vinegar. According to hearsay apple cider vinegar is a cure all for a multitude of complaints such as arthritis, poor digestion and dandruff. But what is fact and what is fiction?

The most famous proponent of the benefit of drinking apple cider vinegar goes way back! Hippocrates claimed it would cure many common ailments including ear infections and skin rash. No modern research has yet verified these two assertions. Apple Cider Vinegar’s popularity as a home cure all continued unabated.

However, recent research does verify that there are some significant health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

Here’s a brief run-down of some of the more likely stories about apple cider vinegar’s healing prowess; all based on historical folk remedies and anecdotal evidence.

How do you get the benefits of apple cider vinegar?

1) Use only raw unpasteurised apple cider vinegar (available in several varieties from all good health food stores). Unpasteurised apple cider vinegar is safe because the acid levels will kill unfavourable bacteria. It contains abundantly more living goodness that ‘dead’ supermarket versions. The thin web-like strands you will find settling in raw apple cider vinegar are the living part, called the ‘mother’. They produce copious quantities of enzymes, malic and tartaric acids, and valuable minerals, including potassium.

2) Shake the bottle prior to use to disperse the ‘mother’.

3) Try taking 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (plus 1 teaspoon of honey if you prefer) in ½ a glass of water prior to meals. See how you feel over a couple of weeks, noting changes to ease of digestion, quantity of food intake and level of sugar cravings after meals.

4) if you are not about to eat, brush your teeth after taking the vinegar. Too much apple cider vinegar has been found to damage tooth enamel due to its acidity.

Vinegar has been utilized as a medicine since the days of ancient philosophers, and the power of vinegar still lives today! 

Here are a couple of my favourite apple cider vinegar dressing recipes:

Apple Ginger Dressing

1 apple, cored and chopped
3 T olive oil
Juice of a small lemon
2 tsp ginger powder
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp wholegrain mustard
3 T water
½ tsp sea salt
Ground black pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Drizzle over crispy salad leaves (cos lettuce is perfect), pieces of avocado and thinly sliced pieces of apple.


Parsley Dressing

½ cup parsley
1/3 cup sunflower seeds, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
1 - 2 cloves garlic
½ cup olive oil
2 T apple cider vinegar
½ cup water
Pinch cayenne pepper
½ tsp sea salt

Combine in a blend until smooth.

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