The Incredible Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegarby Yuri Elkaim on March 2, 2013
Apple cider vinegar is one of those extremely simple products that have a complex and powerful impact on our diets and on our health. I love these types of very basic products because they’re natural, they’re inexpensive and they’re readily available to anyone, which isn’t always true of a lot of other products that are recommended as “super-foods.”
Every Known Civilization has Understood the Power of Apple Cider Vinegar
Civilizations all over the world have been using and reporting the benefits of apple cider vinegar since the beginning of time. Every single civilization has prescribed and apple cider vinegar as a healing agent for just about any condition or ailment you can think of, from burns to stomach pain.
Vinegar is mentioned several times in the Bible, as both a drink and a medicinal aid. Hippocrates often combined honey and apple cider vinegar to treat everything from the common cold to bacterial infections.
In the 1950s, Dr. D.C. Jarvis, a country doctor from Vermont, published a small book on the use of apple cider vinegar as a natural medicine and the studies he’d conducted with his patients. One of the many important things he reported was that urine tests of patients using apple cider vinegar showed that the vinegar was able to restore the acid/alkaline balance of the patients’ urine within just a few days.
About the same time, Paul C. Bragg, who is considered a pioneer of modern natural medicine, also published several books on the benefits of apple cider vinegar. He had a great deal of personal experience using it as a natural medication. His father used honey and apple cider vinegar to fight fatigue and Bragg reported that during a bout with tuberculosis as a teen, he was able to regain his energy by drinking vinegar.
Jarvis and Bragg both believed, as do many practitioners today, that the enzymes and potassium in unfiltered apple cider vinegar are what make it such a powerful health aid.
Imagine being able to use a simple, natural ingredient like apple cider vinegar in place of many of your over-the-counter and even prescription medications. This is completely in line with a desire to live a more natural lifestyle that’s based on whole, healthy foods.
One of the great things about using apple cider vinegar as a remedy and health aid is that it’s so inexpensive. So many of the products being hyped today as great foods for natural health are so expensive that many people simply can’t afford them.
Incredible Health Benefits for Less Than 17-Cents per Day
If you pick up a bottle of Goji berry juice or acai berry juice, you’ll probably pay about $60 for about a month’s supply. That’s a lot of money, especially if you’re already spending a good deal of money on eating whole, organic foods. However, a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar will run you about $5 for a supply that will last you anywhere from one to two months. Even if you use it daily, at about two tablespoons a day, it will last you about 30 days. That comes out to less than seventeen cents a day!
One thing I do want to specify is that you need to use an organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar in order to reap all of the benefits. You can find this in almost any health food store and like I said, it’s only about $5 a bottle.
Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is not clear, but somewhat cloudy, because it’s bottled with the sediments and what is called the “mother of vinegar” intact. It’s the sediments and the mother of vinegar that contain much of the nutritive and healing qualities of apple cider vinegar. The mother of vinegar floats to the top of the vinegar during fermentation and the sediment, of course, to the bottom. This is what you want to look for when buying your apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is not some new trend, it is an ingredient of health and healing that has been recognized for centuries but is only lately being brought back to our attention because of the increased interest in whole foods, natural healing and organic living.
Fortunately, as widely advocated and as incredibly versatile as it is, it’s still affordable to absolutely anyone. I would go so far as to say it’s one of the biggest health bargains we still have!