Apple cider vinegar known for health-giving qualities

Published 3:15 pm Friday, September 10, 2010

For centuries, folks have used apple cider vinegar as part of their daily health regimen.

In fact, the father of medicine, Hippocrates, used cider vinegar around 400 B.C. for its health-giving qualities.

Now Im not talking about white or distilled vinegar. Im also not talking about filtered cider vinegar. The type of cider vinegar I recommend has sort of a brown tinge to it. It also has a web like substance floating in it. This floating material is called mother of vinegar, and is made up of cellulose and acetic acid.

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Cider vinegar like this has not been striped of its nutrients. It may not look as appealing as clear filtered vinegar, but is much better for you. To get this type of vinegar, you probably have to visit your local health food store, or order it.

Natures Storehouse of Tryon carries an ample supply of unfiltered, unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar.

So just what does organic, unfiltered vinegar have in it that makes it so special, and why is it so good for us? Well, for starters, it has a host of vitamins, pectin, beta-carotene, and minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, potassium, sodium, iron, and fluorine.

The pectin in apple cider vinegar can help reduce blood cholesterol levels, and help reduce blood pressure.

This type of vinegar is also loaded with potassium, which plays a vital role in the regulation of body acid-base levels, and blood pressure. Potassium is also essential for the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates.

The malic acid in cider vinegar is helpful in fighting bacterial and fungal infections. This type of acid can even dissolve uric acid that collects around joints, thereby making them feel better.

Beta-carotene found in apple cider vinegar protects our tissues from free radical damage, which can help us look and feel younger. Researchers at the University of Arizona found that those with type-2 diabetes who consumed cider vinegar had more favorable blood sugar levels than those who did not.

So how much vinegar should we take a day? I recommend taking two tablespoons daily. You can mix it in a glass of cold water. For even more healthful benefits, and to improve taste, mix in a little honey.

Is apple cider the next cure-all, wonder drug? Who knows, but youll be healthier for taking it.

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David Crocker of Landrum has served as strength director of the Spartanburg Y.M.C.A., strength coach, S.C. state champion girls gymnastic team, USC-Spartanburg baseball team, and Converse college equestrian team. He taught four semesters at USC-Union. David is also a regular guest of the Pam Stone Show. David also served as lead trainer to L.H.Fields Modeling Agency.