By Valerie Lull, MH
Apple cider vinegar is a remedy that has been around for a long time. It was an important part of American folk medicine. There is a book by D.C. Jarvis called Folk Medicine. Jarvis was a Vermont country doctor and throughout his book he frequently refers to remedies that include apple cider vinegar. In Vermont they used it for the various ailments of their farm animals as well as for human use.
Apple cider vinegar is one of those universal remedies that has been used for everything from morning sickness, to diabetes to warts. It has been highly promoted as an aid in weight loss. It can also be used in cooking and for cleaning purposes. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence for using ACV, but there are few scientific studies. People say they use it because it works.
Apple cider vinegar is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. It contains vitamins A, B6 and E, lots of minerals,antioxidants, acetic acid and malic acid. Traditionally it has been used for ear and skin problems, fungus and warts, digestive disorders, inflammation, and detox. Some people use it daily as a tonic. ACV is a starch blocker which is why many people use it for weight loss. It is also said to lower blood sugar. As with any natural remedy, be sure to discuss using ACV with your health care provider, especially if you are pregnant or diabetic; it could make your sugars go too low.
When purchasing ACV be sure to buy it in its natural state. The ACV you buy in supermarkets is usually clear, which means it has been processed and refined. Natural ACV has a cloudy look and there is a membrane called the "mother of vinegar". It has to have this to be natural. There is an excellent ACV vinegar known as Braggs. (I get no remuneration from the company; I just know it is a good product that I use myself).It can be taken with some honey added to make it more palatable.
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Jarvis, D.C. M.D., Folk Medicine: A New England almanac of natural health care from a noted Vermont country doctor, 1958, Fawcett Books, New York
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