We hear talk everyday about “superfoods”: things we can eat and drink (and rub on our skin, and wash our hair with and brush our teeth with and all kinds of other uses) that are so good for us that we might wonder why we eat, drink or use anything else. Wheatgrass, Goji berries, kale, Swiss chard, salmon, flax seed, and quinoa are just a few of the dozens of special foodstuffs that promise added nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants, among other benefits for health and well-being.
One of the most super of the superfoods is the easily obtained and relatively inexpensive- a 32 oz bottle can be purchased for under $10- apple cider vinegar, which is exactly what it sounds like, an extraordinarily useful vinegar made from apple cider or apple must (freshly squeezed apple juice that contains the skin, seeds, and stem). Apple cider vinegar can be employed as a natural antibiotic, a cure for hiccups, an anti-acne application, a supplement to shampoo in the fight against dandruff, a mouth wash, a teeth whitener, palliative to ease sunburns, energy booster, cramp fighter and anti-glycemic aid to lower blood sugar. And those are just some of the many applications we’re reasonably sure of- with time and research it may be that this superfood can also help lower cholesterol naturally, help with heart health and help with weight loss, though the studies are not yet finished.
It is able to do all of these good things largely to presence of acetic acid, which has antibiotic, antiviral, and antifungal properties, and which can also help restore and maintain the proper pH balance in the body. In the correct dosage (I recommend between 1 teaspoon and one tablespoon a day, perhaps diluted with water), apple cider vinegar is completely safe, and is a simple, inexpensive and natural way to gain health benefits without exposing ourselves to many of the side effects and unknown long-term risks of conventional pharmaceuticals. Oh, and I almost forgot: there’s one more reason to have it around: it tastes really good on a salad, and that can be reason enough to have it in the pantry.