Apple cider vinegar remedies. Accurate or fake?

We've all seen the television commercials urging us to use apple cider vinegar supplements and ads come across the internet touting any number of health benefits by consuming it. Are these claims legitimate, or should we ignore them? There's so many wacky treatments and cures floating around, it's hard to tell what helps instead of harms. While we do not advocate using any natural cure in place of proper medical advice, there's seems to be some definite benefits to using the apple cider vinegar.

Organic apple cider vinegar is the base for many healthy options.

The ancients used vinegar for many purposes

Vinegar is acetic acid made from the fermentation of various fruits, vegetables or grains. The source material is fermented to produce alcohol and that product continues to ferment with the bacteria using the alcohol instead of the sugars in the original ferment. There is a tiny percentage of alcohol remaining after this final ferment, however the amount is insignificant and poses no chance of intoxication. Vinegar as been around as long as fermented beverages and was probably a byproduct of a batch of beer or wine that went too long. Mankind has made use of vinegar for over 5000 years, and probably longer. They used vinegar as a drink and medicinally as well. Vinegar does have some antibacterial properties and was used in ancient days as a way to clean and dress wounds. The most effective concoction was raw honey and vinegar mixed to treat wounds and skin ulcers. The honey also has mild antibacterial properties, so it was one of the most effective combinations in use during that period. These days, we have compounds that are much more effective, however, if nothing else is available, it is good information to have.

fruit and unpasturized vinegar

Health benefits of vinegar

Vinegar was also an early treatment to regulate blood sugar and modern research does conclude that vinegar does extend the time it takes for food to leave the stomach and has an antiglycemic effect, lowering blood sugar. It also acidifies the gut and prevents the growth of harmful bacteria, while leaving the healthy bacteria alone. It seems to control the calories some people ingest during the day if the vinegar is consumed before breakfast which results in a small weight loss if a healthy diet is followed. However, people who drink vinegar should be cautious since straight vinegar can burn the esophagus or strip enamel from the teeth. There are safe ways to take vinegar and one of the tastiest is to make a shrub.

Vinegar shrubs

Vinegar shrubs aren't bushes you plant in front of your house. Shrub is an old term first used in Europe that described a vinegar and alcohol drink. Often seen at Christmas celebrations using dried fruits from the harvest, vinegar and rum, it was a tasty way to celebrate. The American colonies used vinegar to preserve the fruits of the season, sweetened them with honey (or sugar cane further south) and mixed the resulting syrup with either alcohol or water to make their version of the drink. Modern shrubs usually contain the vinegar-laced fruit syrup and either sparkling water, more juice or even cider. Some add their shrub to wine, however that seems a waste of both in my opinion. I prefer my shrub in sparkling water or a bit of juice. The shrub syrup is easy to make and it stores for several weeks in the refrigerator, however it probably won't last that long.

Organic syrup is a convenient choice if you don't have much time in the kitchen.

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Make vinegar shrubs

To make a shrub syrup, start with a couple cups of fruit. I used frozen mixed fruit with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. I let them thaw and placed everything in a saucepan. On medium heat, I let the berries slowly simmer and they quickly broke down, releasing their juice. After the juice was released, I strained the pulp out and returned the juice to the saucepan. I added a cup of monkfruit sweetener and heated until it was dissolved. Monkfruit sweetener has zero calories and is a natural product that measures like sugar. You can use regular sugar, honey, maple syrup or any other sweetener that you prefer. After the juice and sugar combine, remove from heat and add one cup of unpasteurized vinegar. I prefer the organic vinegar with the mother still inside. This ensures all of the live probiotic bacteria remain to do their work. Store in the refrigerator and mix a couple of ounces of the syrup with your favorite mixer each morning. Even if you don't want to take the time to cook down the fresh fruit, a shrub is easy to make by just adding the vinegar to your favorite commercial fruit juice. Don't over-do it with this drink. Once a day is plenty.

Monkfruit syrup flavors your shrubs with a zero calorie sweetener.

Use vinegar shrubs in moderation

Shrubs are re-surging in popularity and since they are so easy to make, it isn't hard to keep a few around. Change up the fruits you use and do plums, apricots or even watermelon. Just remember, everything in moderation and don't expect miracles. They can help with blood sugar and a little weight loss, however do not depend on these types of remedies instead of conventional medicine and a healthy lifestyle.

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