You have probably heard about all the possible things you can get done with vinegar. You can use it to pickle your foods, or you could use it to kill weeds. It can clean out your coffee stains from your coffee pot, or polish your silver! You can even use vinegar to add some zest to your salad! In ancient times, many people used it to relieve just about any ailment that can come to your mind.
Just recently apple cider vinegar has been singled out and they have determined that is especially helpful to your health. It is very inexpensive and can be found in most health food stores and most grocery stores, right in the same isle as your flour and sugar! It is considered a regular baking item! Some people think that there is no truth to the remedies that people claim that vinegar can be used for. Little do they know that a lot of the theories behind what people say has been tested and some of them proved to be true!
So why is apple cider vinegar different from just plain vinegar. Vinegar can be made from practically anything. It is made from fermentation. This is where the sugars in food are broken down, by bacteria and yeast. In the first part of the process, this is when the sugars turn into alcohol. Once that happens, if you continue to let it ferment, that is when you get vinegar. The word translated from french actually means “sour wine”. You can make vinegar from vegetables, fruit, grain, this kind comes from pulverized apples. The main ingredient of any vinegar is acetic acid, mineral salts, amino acids, and vitamins. Vinegar became popular when it was promoted by a book that was published in the 1950’s.
If you do some research on vinegar, you will find claim after claim on what it can be used for. Some people say that it can do some pretty amazing things, like kill head lice, reverse your aging, work as a toxin remover, and help ease your digestion. You will see from some studies that it does work for these things, but there are other things that may work better or faster.
If you are curious about what claims have been research that vinegar can help with, these can be backed up with research. It affects diabetes, high cholesterol, blood pressure, heart health, cancer and can also aid you in weight loss. Just because there is research certainly does not mean its a cure all, it is still all a work in progress. They run these tests on animals, not humans, so more human subjects need to be tested to find out how well it will work for us.
Trying a home remedy can carry a risk just like any kind of treatment for a problem. If you have a serious medical issue that you are trying to address, then you would be best to start with your doctor and tell him your concerns and what you plan on trying. Taking vinegar can interact with other things you may be taking such as diuretics, laxatives, medicines for heart disease or diabetes. If you are just using it to flavor your salad you should be fine but if you plan on doing it every day let your doctor know.