24 SEP 2014 / LEARN

Why you should love apple cider vinegar?

If you're a reader of health magazines, or a browser of online nutrition sites, you've probably come across the remarkable health properties of apple cider vinegar. You may have read that it's fast become the supplement choice of many A-list celebrities, as well as being wildly popular with nutritionists and alternative health practitioners.

Health-conscious people looking to improve their diet and wellbeing are also turning to ACV as a quick health tonic in our time-poor society.

Though studies are still being conducted and the evidence is not yet conclusive, it's significant that some of the anecdotal claims that surround apple cider vinegar are being backed up by science. For example independent studies have given some backing to claims of its effectiveness against such modern day scourges as diabetes and blood pressure.

Apple cider vinegar is also claimed to be an excellent detox agent and may also boost the body’s immune system. It is also used as a folk remedy to:

  • freshen breath;
  • improve hair health
  • use applied to the skin as a tonic
  • improve digestion

But that’s not all!  It has long been used as a traditional remedy for treating  ailments as diverse as head lice, warts and used as a health and beauty supplement. Other major health benefits of the product are that it:

  • balances the body's PH level.
  •  helps to break down mucus in the body and cleanses the lymph node.
  • helps fight infections
  • the active acids in apple cider vinegar helps fight problems such as candida
  • if used as a mouthwash, it can help prevent halitosis
  • aids in digestion

So what is apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is the product of fermentation when sugars are first broken down: first into alcohol and then vinegar.  Apple cider vinegar is the product of the fermentation of apples. The active healing ingredient in the product is acetic acid and it is this ingredient that appears to give apple cider vinegar its claimed health and healing properties.

How do I incorporate it into my diet?

Of course finding inventive ways to add apple cider vinegar into your diet is the key to taking advantage of the benefits of this health tonic. There are many ways to do this; here's a couple of ways that we've searched online to help you get started:

Perhaps the easiest way to add apple cider vinegar to your diet is by using it as a health dressing.

Healthy and lo-cal apple cider vinegar dressing

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of your favourite citrus juice (we suggest lemon or lime)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt

Simply place all ingredients in a jar or bottle, shake together and serve over food. Fresh fruit or stevia may be added to sweeten the taste if preferred. This makes an excellent and healthy salad dressing as the apple cider will enhance the flavours of the food and blend in to make a wonderful dish even better!

Another way to add to your food is to take apple cider vinegar as a drink. Simply drink with water or juice, mixed with honey, or neat if preferred The taste of apple cider vinegar is an acquired one for some so mixing with your fave fruit juices may be an excellent option.

Keen to try the latest health tonic to seize the market? The product increasingly being backed by scientific evidence and A-list celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson, Heidi Klum and Katy Perry? Check Aussie Health Products here for more details.

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