Very Versatile Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments but not all vinegars are created equal. Liz Chandler from Natures Corner tells us some of the benefits of taking this versatile liquid and what to look for on the shelves.

Apple cider vinegar has a subtle apple taste. If you wish to take it for medicinal reasons then you need to ensure that it is unfiltered, unpasteurized and naturally fermented to retain the nutritious ‘mother’ created from the beneficial bacteria. The mother is believed to be rich in health-boosting natural protein, healthy bacteria and acetic acid and you can sometimes see it as a cloudy substance floating in the liquid. Any cheap, see through apple cider is great for salad dressings but that’s about it!

There are many benefits to taking apple cider vinegar, but here are the top three:-
Stiff and painful joints Apple cider vinegar is rich in magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium and a deficiency in any of these can lead to impaired joint mobility. The potassium in apple cider vinegar may be especially beneficial because it prevents calcium build-up in the joints, and joint calcification leads to sever joint stiffness. Joint pain and arthritis may be linked to toxins that have accumulated in the joints because metabolic waste is often stored in connective tissues. Apple cider vinegar has pectin and this helps to absorb toxins and eliminate them; meanwhile the acids in cider vinegar work to purify and detoxify the entire body.

Digestion You may think that apple cider vinegar is acidic, but in the body, very much like lemon, it is actually alkalizing. So if you are particularly acidic from a poor diet and too many acidic foods and drinks, this can alkalize the system, relieving heartburn and acid reflux. It also stimulates digestive juices that help your body breakdown food.

Skin and nail health Thanks to its natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, apple cider vinegar is used as a natural treatment for healthier skin and nails. Applied as a toner, it may help to balance the skin’s PH and has an exfoliating effect that smooth's and softens. For rough cracked heels or mild fungal nail infections, apple cider vinegar is commonly used as a foot soak.

Try taking 1-3 teaspoons in a glass of semi boiling water mixed with local honey,15-20 minutes before a meal. You may think that drinking vinegar would be vile but it’s actually very pleasant once you get used to it. At Natures Corner we sell Higher Nature Apple Cider vinegar which is raw, unfiltered, unpasteurised and with the mother.

It is said that Hippocrates, the ‘father of medicine’ used apple cider vinegar for cleaning wounds and relieving coughs, so let’s learn from this outstanding figure in the history of medicine. At Natures Corner we are always very happy to answer any of your health related questions.

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