A new month means a new favorite for Favorite Ingredient Fridays. For the month of April, our favorite ingredient is..
Apple Cider Vinegar!
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used for thousands of years and primarily for its medicinal properties and as a condiment for food. In many regions in the United States and around the world ACV is being reintroduced to populations and praised as an all-in-one health promoter.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
This great ingredient is made from exactly what you think…apple cider. Apples are crushed and strained to produce a cider which is then fermented. The result is a health beneficial acidic product.
Why is Apple Cider Vinegar so great?
There are many reasons!
First, ACV possess anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties. This is why for thousands of years it has been used for preventing or treating illness such as the common cold to more severe ailments such as cancer.
Many of the benefits of ACV are believed to stem from its ability to balance the body’s pH. When in the body, the vinegar produces malic acid and acetic acid which makes the body become alkaline (pH level 7.35 to 7.45). It is good to have your body be in this alkaline range because if it is too acidic or basic then it can lead to a variety of health issues such as formation of kidney stones (this also depends on the foods you consume and your lifestyle).
- Personal Care:
- Acne treatment
- Weight Loss
- Dandruff relief
- Immune system booster
- Allergy relief
- Acid Reflux
- Inflammation reduction
- Whiter teeth
- Home Care:
Here are some other great resources for Apple Cider Vinegar…
- How to make your ACV, go to: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/acvinegar.html#MAKE)
- Where to buy:
- In-store: Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods
- Online: Vitacost.com, Luckyvitamin.com
Check back every Friday this month to learn about our favorite ways to use this natural magical ingredient!