That old chestnut – Apple Cider Vinegar

I have been hearing about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) for as long as I remember, and it’s one of those remedies that just keeps popping up. The longevity of the stories about ACV mean it really is something we should consider using to freshen your mouth, help in the battle for weight loss, cure hiccups! This article on Mother Nature Network lists 12 health benefits of ACV (and I’m sure there are more!).

Just make sure you use the raw, or unfiltered ACV (the one that looks cloudy and has sediment in the bottle of the bottle).

Legend has is that Cleopatra once dissolved a pearl in a measure of vinegar before drinking the concoction, thus winning a wager against Mark Antony that she could spend a fortune on a single meal.

Truth or apocrypha, we may never know, but the Queen of the Nile most likely knew the special qualities of vinegar. Since 5,000 BC, the Babylonians had been using it as a preservative and condiment; and long before Cleopatra’s costly cocktail, Hippocrates had extolled vinegar’s medicinal qualities. In fact, the Vinegar Institute touts the tart liquid as one of our earliest remedies.

Throughout the ages, vinegar has been made through the fermentation of a long list of materials, including molasses, dates, sorghum, fruits, berries, melons, coconut, honey, beer, maple syrup, potatoes, beets, malt, grains and whey. But of all the vinegars on the block, the vinegar made from apple cider is the darling of contemporary remedies.

Apple cider vinegar has long been used as a folk remedy, but it came to superstar prominence in the 1950s when D.C. Jarvis sang its praises in the best-selling book, “Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor’s Guide to Good Health.” Now it is revered as a health tonic with seemingly magical powers, rumored to have the properties needed to cure everything from warts to diabetes.

Read on for the benefits…

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