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History of Apple Cider Vinegar:
To truly understand the origins of apple cider vinegar, we must explore vinegar itself, and how it has been used for thousands of years.
Vinegar has been used in one form or another for over 10,000 years. It is currently used for many purposes and throughout the ages has served as a preservative, condiment, beauty aid, cleaning agent and medicine.
The word vinegar comes from the Latin word vinum meaning wine and acer meaning sour. These two words were combined to make vinegre. In 5,000 B.C. the Babylonians fermented the fruit of date palms and created a date vinegar. The Romans made vinegar from grapes, figs, dates and rye. The Julius Caesar and his armies would drink vinegar and water for its antiseptic properties. Hippocrates, the "father of medicine", recommended vinegar for his patients who fell ill. Vinegar is mentioned in the Bible a number of times in both the Old and New Testament.
Many ancient cultures used vinegar and valued it for its medicinal benefits. It was used for disinfecting wounds and for insect bites and snake bites. Vinegar compresses were useful for healing bruises.
As modern medicine evolved, people began looking for an equally effective, yet better tasting alternative to the sour, bitter taste of straight vinegar.
The ancient Egyptians are commonly recognized as the inventors of apple cider vinegar, or at least they were the first to realize it's medical benefits. Records show that as far back as 3000 BC, the Egyptians were using apple cider vinegar not just as an antiseptic, but as a weight loss agent as well.
Today, apple cider vinegar is almost exclusively used by people who are looking to shed a few pounds. To avoid the taste - which is much better than vinegar, but still very bitter - most pharmaceutical companies have condensed the liquid into a pill or capsule. This still provides the benefits, but makes it much easier to swallow.
Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has long been used as a health aid for weight loss and circulatory health. It is a very safe supplement, even for children. There are no known side effects resulting from using it. It is obtained from the fermentation of apple juice. The fermentation provides alcoholic apple cider that is combined with oxygen to produce acetic acid. The pH of ACV (apple cider vinegar) is very beneficial for the body.
Apple cider vinegar is quite rich in minerals, vitamins and other substances. It contains vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin, A, vitamin P, vitamin B1, vitamin B2 and vitamin B6. ACV also a lot of beneficial minerals like manganese, iron, calcium, sodium, magnesium, sulpher, copper, phosphorus, silicon, chlorine and fluorine.
ACV provides enzymes, amino acids, aldehydes, potash, alcoholic acids, propionic acid, and apple pectin. Apple pectin is a dietary fiber that is an essential component of a healthy diet. With more than ninety substances and a great deal of minerals and vitamins, apple cider vinegar can be one of the most important ingredients in a healthy diet.
The potassium in ACV along with other substances makes the blood thinner and is helpful in controlling blood pressure.
Many heart attacks are caused by high fats and cholesterol in your blood. The fiber in ACV helps to absorb fats and cholesterol by expelling them from the body as waste materials.
The dietary fiber in ACV is also helpful in controlling glucose levels in the blood.
Many suffer from this disease in the west and it is caused by the gathering of metabolic toxic waste in the tissues. In this context, ACV speeds up metabolism and excretes the toxic wastes from the tissues.
Minerals like manganese, calcium, magnesium, silicon and iron develop bone mass and make them stronger.
ACV is also useful for yeast infections like Candida caused by the unbalance of acid levels in the body. Making a solution of ACV in warm water and douching can help with the symptoms.
Apple cider vinegar is also useful in flu or chest congestion. Applying ACV with pepper on the chest can help relieve some of the congestion.
If you have a sore throat, gargle with ACV mixed with water.
In your digestive system hydrochloric acid and pepsin are two essential components that break down the food to be digested properly. The lack of these components can cause food poisoning. ACV has ability to enhance their functionality and help prevent food poisoning.
Apple cider vinegar is sometimes helpful in nasal congestion.
Apple cider vinegar and weight loss
It helps to detoxify the liver which plays an important role in weight loss. There are historical facts that Egyptians took apple cider vinegar for weight loss. Some claim ACV speeds up the metabolism while some claim it burns the calories to reduce appetite. To lose weight just take 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar, mixed in water, before every meal.
ACV is also available in tablets and capsules. According to some nutritionists the combination of apple cider with kelp, vitamin B6 and lecithin is much more effective for weight loss than ACV alone.
How can apple cider vinegar help you and your family?
Let me tell you the ways…
Apple cider vinegar benefits have been known for a long time.
For centuries people have been using natural apple cider vinegar as both a food and a medicine for themselves and for their pets. Since 400BC, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, and others, have used vinegar and vinegar mixed with honey, as an energizing tonic and a healing elixir.
More recently, the health benefits of apple cider vinegar have been promoted by many well-known authors such as Dr Jarvis, Paul C. Bragg and Patricia Bragg.
D.C. Jarvis, a Vermont country doctor, noted that apple cider vinegar was a respected home remedy used by many Vermonters to successfully treat a number of common ailments and nagging aches and pains. He was so impressed that he went on to write a book on his observations and experimentations with home remedies, especially apple cider vinegar, and its beneficial effects on both people and farm animals.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away. First let me say that apple cider vinegar is a completely natural product, resulting from the fermentation of apple juice to hard apple cider followed by a second fermentation to apple cider vinegar.
This natural product retains all the nutritional goodness of the apples from which it was made plus it is fortified with the extra acids and enzymes produced during the two fermentation steps.
It's the sum of all these ingredients that give apple cider vinegar its amazing health benefits.
A compilation of many time honored home remedies used for a wide range of health problems is included in the natural healing Home Remedies section.
Apple cider vinegar benefits include many external uses as well. It can be used to sooth sunburns and insect bites, to make your hair shine, and to treat dandruff just to mention a few. Click on the Hair Care or Home Remedies section for more details on these and many more uses.
Apple cider vinegar fits in well with today's trend towards eating natural healthy whole foods, and away from the overconsumption of highly processed convenience foods, which are depleted of much of their original nutrients.
Beware – Not all apple cider vinegars are created equal! Many commercial apple cider vinegars have been pasteurized, filtered, refined or distilled in order to make the product look good, and thereby more appealing to the general public. Unfortunately this extra processing destroys much of the healthy goodness and thus many of the apple cider benefits that were in the product in the first place.
The best type of apple cider vinegar to use is one made from cold pressed, organically grown whole apples, in which no chemicals or preservatives have been added, which contains the "mother of vinegar", and is not pasteurized. The "mother of vinegar" is a natural gelatinous substance formed during the last fermentation step.
This type of wholesome apple cider vinegar can be readily found in most health food stores and even in some general grocery stores.
Alternatively, you can brew your own nutritious apple cider vinegar at home. It's surprisingly easy to do and the whole family can be involved. For a step-by-step procedure on the home preparation of apple cider vinegar, click on the Homemade Vinegar section.
Weight Loss. Another major apple cider vinegar benefit is weight loss. Although no one is sure how it works, it has helped many people lose weight. Click on the Weight Loss section to find out what the experts recommend as far as how much to take and how often, and the latest theories on why it works. (see below)
Animals love apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar benefits for our pets, from cats and dogs to pigeons and parrots to cows and horses, are numerous. It can be used as a daily health tonic, to deter insects such as mosquitoes, fleas and tics, to relieve skin conditions, and even to take away the smell of skunk. For details on these and many more uses, check out the Pet Care section.
Cooking with apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is an amazingly versatile cooking ingredient. It adds a tangy taste to many drinks and deepens the flavors of numerous foods. It’s important to note that vinegar is a major ingredient in most condiments. Mayonnaise and tomato ketchup account for more than 10% of the vinegar production in America.
Check out the Cooking with Vinegar section to discover a number of tricks and tips to improve a variety of common recipes that will save you time and energy, and to find several recipes that include apple cider vinegar as a major ingredient.
Besides the apple cider vinegar benefits for health, its use for weight loss, pet care, and cooking, it can also double up as a non-toxic household cleaner, deodorizer, and disinfectant.
Apple cider vinegar and weight loss health benefits have been utilized for centuries. This completely natural way to shed pounds is a tried and true home remedy used throughout the world.
Apple cider vinegar made from the double fermentation of whole apples should be used, and it should not be distilled, filtered or pasteurized as these extra processing steps destroy many of the vitamins, nutrients and fermentation products that are thought to be important elements in apple cider vinegar's health benefits and weight loss properties.
Most health food stores will carry several brands of apple cider vinegar that will meet all the above mentioned criteria.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss… How Much to Take?
Most apple cider vinegar weight loss home remedies, like the one investigated in Vermont by Dr D. C. Jarvis, M.D., call for the taking of one or two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water before each meal. Patricia Bragg recommends adding 1 or 2 teaspoons of raw honey to this mixture.
Whichever way you take it, don't expect a rapid weight loss, the weight will be lost gradually, as it should be to allow the body's fat cells to adjust to their new size.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss… How Does it Work?
No one is really sure how apple cider vinegar works to promote weight loss, but there is no shortage of theories. It is generally believed that the nutrients, enzymes, and organic acids in apple cider vinegar cause weight reduction by acting as an appetite suppressant, by increasing your body's metabolic rate, by reducing water retention, and by helping you maintain a feeling of well being.
Recent medical research has highlighted the connection between levels of insulin and weight loss. That coupled with the fact that vinegar is known to slow the rise of blood sugar after a meal leads to the suggestion that the taking of apple cider vinegar with a meal reduces the amount of insulin required to process the meal resulting in weight loss.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss… How Long will it Take?
D.C. Jarvis, M.D. spent many years practicing medicine in Vermont and observing the effects of home remedies used throughout the green mountains. He found that apple cider vinegar was widely used for weight loss. In his popular book "Folk Medicine" he emphasized that the resulting loss of weight was gradual but permanent.
As a general rule, from numerous observations, he found that a woman of average height weighing 210 pounds will weigh 180 pounds after 2 years if she takes 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water at each meal.
That's 15 pounds weight loss a year, with no change in daily food intake, except avoiding excessively fatty foods.
(Use the helpful tips outlined below to significantly speed up the weight loss process.)
Some of Dr. Jarvis's actual case studies are recorded in another book titled "Cider Vinegar" by Cyril Scott.
More recently, a four week experiment was conducted by professor Carol S. Johnston, a nutritionist at the Arizona State University East in Mesa, to further investigate the beneficial relationship between vinegar and diabetes.
As an unexpected side effect she found that her test subjects were losing weight! They were taking two tablespoons of vinegar before each of two meals daily.The average weight loss over the four weeks was two pounds (several people lost up to four pounds) while a control group which did not drink the vinegar showed no weight change.
Science News Online - Vinegar as a Sweet Solution? - 12/18/04 (Web Link)
Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss… Your Weight Loss Goal! You can determine whether you are overweight and by how much, by calculating your body mass index (BMI), which is a measure of body fat based only on your height and weight.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Weight Loss… Some Helpful Tips:
Some people don't like the taste of apple cider vinegar in water. You can improve the taste of this drink dramatically the way I do, by using fruit or vegetable juice instead of plain water. Apple cider vinegar imparts a refreshing tartness or zing to a glass of orange or tomato juice.
Although weight loss is gradual when just using ACV, you should remember that it has the advantage of:
• being a 100% natural product
• producing a weight loss that tends to be permanent
• You can speed things up dramatically however, by combining ACV with regular exercising, healthy eating, and drinking lots of water as described below:
More Potassium. Increase the amount of natural potassium in your diet over and above that obtained from regular use of apple cider vinegar. Excellent sources of natural potassium include many fruits and vegetables.
Less Refined Foods. Reduce the amount of refined foods you eat and replace them with natural fruit, vegetables, and whole grain foods. They contain much less fat, salt, and empty calories, and a lot more nutritious vitamins, minerals, and fiber that the body needs to function at its best.
Drink more Water. Water is vital for total health, after all, the body is 70% water. Water acts as the main transportation medium throughout the body for both nutrition and cleansing purposes. Drinking 8 glasses a day of filtered tap water, is recommended.
Exercise More. Regular exercise should be a big part of any weight loss program. All that's required is a brisk walk at least 3 times a week. As with all new exercise programs, start off slowly and work yourself up to a point where you can walk 3 miles in about 45 minutes.
This way you will be toning and building muscles that will keep on burning fat even when you are at rest.
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