A Little About
On this site you'll find all kinds of information about amazing apple cider vinegar and it's traditional, and now proven, uses as a remedy for everything from keeping your heart healthy to lowering blood sugar spikes to weight loss to sunburn. If you've heard of the vinegar "mother" and wondered what that is, you can learn all about that here too.
There are tips on how to use apple cider vinegar for healthy skin and hair, and ways to use ACV to clean and disinfect around the house.
Raw, organic apple cider vinegar is a miraculous thing. Beyond the benefits of the vinegar itself, it contains all the good stuff from the apple juice it's made from!
A Little About Vinegar
Initially, yeasts ferment the natural food sugars to alcohol. Next, acetic acid bacteria (Acetobacter) convert the alcohol to acetic acid which has a multitude of uses - health and otherwise.
According to the Vinegar Institute (Vinegar Institute 2005), vinegar's use can be traced back over 10,000 years. Flavored vinegars have been manufactured and sold for almost 5,000 years.
The word "vinegar" came from the French vin aigre, which means “sour wine”. Traditional vinegars are produced from regional foods according to well-established customs.
Vinegar is the world's oldest cooking ingredient and food preservation method. There are a wide variety of food products containing vinegar. (sauces, ketchup, mayonnaise, etc.) Whether naturally produced during fermentation or intentionally added, vinegar retards microbial growth and contributes its tastiness to quite a number of foods.
Besides seasoning and preserving food, vinegar helps heal wounds, fights infection, cleans surfaces, and manages diabetes. ACV provides vitamins, mineral salts, amino acids, polyphenolic compounds such as galic acid, catechin, caffeic acid, ferulic acid, and nonvolatile organic acids such as tartaric, citric, malic, and lactic.
Vinegar Is Legendary
Vinegar folklore describes a wide variety of colorful uses of vinegar.
- Legend has it that a courtier in Babylonia (c. 5000 BC) “discovered” that unattended grape juice became wine, which in turn became vinegar, leading to the use of vinegar as a food preservative.
- Hannibal of Carthage (c. 200 BC), was a great military leader and strategist. It's recorded that he used vinegar to dissolve boulders that blocked his army's path(That must have been some stout vinegar!).
- Ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra (c. 50 BC) dissolved pearls in vinegar and offered it as a love gift to her beloved Anthony.
- Sung Tse, a 10th century mythical emperor, alchemist and the creator of forensic medicine, advocated hand washing with sulfur and vinegar to avoid infection during autopsies.
- Based on the writings of US medical practitioners dating to the late 18th century, many ailments, from dropsy to poison ivy, croup, and stomachache, were treated with vinegar.
- Before the production and marketing of hypoglycemic agents, vinegar “teas” were commonly consumed by diabetics to help manage their chronic aliment.
- Vinegar was widely used during the American Civil War for disinfecting the wounds of soldiers.
And there's much more where that came from. Have a look around and see for yourself what the buzz is about! ACV is AMAZING.
Credit For Content:
US National Library Of Medicine - National Institutes For Health
University of California - Davis