Many apple cider vinegar cures have now been documented by scientific studies.
Confirming what your Granny has known since Adam was a boy, proven apple cider vinegar benefits (with links to relevant research articles) include:
- Protection against heart attack by reducing cholesterol by 13% and lowering blood pressure.
- Alleviating diabetes by lowering blood sugar by 36%.
- Yeast infection: apple cider vinegar has been shown to kill candida, the cause of thrush.
- High in anti-oxidants, used to prevent aging, cancer and dementia.
- Apple cider vinegar weight loss benefits include measurably reducing hunger.
- Effective treatment for burns.
- Improving brain function in Alzheimer patients.
Nearly every culture through history has recognized apple cider vinegar health benefits and produced its own version of the elixir, whether it be rice wine vinegar, kombucha, balsamic or good old apple cider vinegar.
Ancient natural home remedies based on apple cider vinegar cures have been used for thousands of years to treat many skin conditions (e.g. from apple cider vinegar acne treatments to soothing sunburn or smoothing wrinkles), ease inflammation, help prevent flu, improve digestion, reduce symptoms of allergy, and alleviate nausea and heartburn. And due to its anti-oxidant and digestive health effects, apple cider vinegar supplements many detoxification programs.
While formal studies have yet to confirm apple cider vinegar and gout or arthritis effects, there are plenty of positive testimonials from people who’ve found relief from osteoarthritis, gout and rheumatoid arthritis, including famous British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes using an apple cider vinegar cures recipe his mother used to swear by. People have even used apple cider vinegar for acid reflux and heartburn, which have low stomach acid as the primary cause.
You’d be hard pressed to find a more versatile natural home remedy than Apple Cider Vinegar.
And the list of apple cider vinegar benefits go on and on. The same substance Uncle Harry can use to get rid of his bad breath, head lice or foot fungus will also help Aunty Sue kill weeds in the garden, get fleas off the dog, clean the bathroom and make cheese!
Apple cider vinegar really is the ultimate natural homestead remedy.
And the beautiful thing is, though you can buy it (go for Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, or a similarly unpasteurized, organic formulation) it’s easy to make yourself… from scraps!
All you need are water, a wee bit of sugar and some apples… or even just the apple skins and cores left over from making that apple pie ;). It takes about 2 months to complete the fermentation process and deliver your beautiful, highly therapeutic apple cider vinegar cures.
Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Drink
Valerie, a backpacker from Virginia who stayed with us, shared this old folk recipe for an apple cider vinegar diet drink that her Grandmother and Mom both sweared by to help them lose weight. Called “Jogging in a Jug”, it was first concocted by a retired Alabama dairy farmer Jack McWilliams based on a recipe handed down from his grandfather. McWilliams claimed his recipe not only aided weight loss and cured him and his wife of arthritis, but also could alleviate heart disease, lower cholesterol, boost longevity and protect users from cancer.
Switchel, an earlier version of the beverage, was a popular summer drink provided to thirsty haymakers in the American colonies in the late 1600s.
The basic recipe for this apple cider vinegar diet drink is:
- 1 quart (1 litre) of red grape juice (sugar free, freshly pressed preferred)
- 1 to 2 quarts (1 to 2 litres) of apple juice (sugar free, freshly pressed preferred)
- 3/4 to 1 cup raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup honey, molasses or maple syrup (optional)
- 1 tbspn fresh grated ginger (optional)
- lemon juice to taste (optional)
Dose is 1 to 2 cups/day.
Cautions on Apple Cider Vinegar Uses
Being acidic, it can affect the enamel on your teeth. Apple cider vinegar also interferes with some medications used in diabetes, heart disease, fluid retention and constipation so consult your health professional before using if that’s you.
Nevertheless, while they’ll never make the big pharmaceutical companies rich, apple cider vinegar cures are here to stay!