Wine and vinegar first appeared around 5,000 BC; first grape juice was turned into wine, and the wine into vinegar. Then the vinegar was used only in the kitchen, as a food preservative, the medical use was discovered many years later. There are proofs that people used it for stomach aches, diabetes and treatment for poison ivy in 1700; Hippocrates treated his wounds with vinegar.
The word vinegar comes from the French language, meaning sour wine. Not only grapes, it can be made from potatoes, apples, beets, coconut, dates, any carbohydrate that can be fermented, in a long and slow process. Bioactive substances like gallic acid, acetic acid, caffeic acid and many more give the vinegar its beneficial characteristics, as well as antioxidants and antimicrobials.
The health benefits of using apple cider vinegar
- Loss of unwanted weight
Vinegar will make you feel full, so you`ll consume less food than normal. The satiety lasts longer, so you`ll eat up to 300 calories less during a day, if you combine your meal with apple cider vinegar.
- Helps with diabetes
Vinegar has anti-glycemic features, due to the acetic acid it contains, so it can stabilize or reduce the blood sugar levels. The increased uptake of glucose and accelerated gastric emptying prevents the total digestion of complex carbs, so the body has more time to eliminate the excess sugar.
- Healthy heart
Lab tests show that, in rats, the apple cider vinegar can reduce the cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as the VLDL lipoprotein, and the acetic acid is helping with high blood pressure.
- Skin issues
Skin irritation like sunburn, ivy, bug bites can be treated with apple cider vinegar. Apply the vinegar directly on the problematic area or mix one cup the vinegar with some water before applying it.
- Domestic use
Apple cider vinegar, or in this case it`s better to use distilled white vinegar, can replace the chemical for cleaning the house. And it has the same effect-you can clean kitchen and bathroom surfaces without the harm of the expensive chemical products.
- Cure for sore throat
The antibacterial features of the apple cider vinegar make it the perfect natural cure for sore throat. Fill 1/3 of a glass with vinegar and the rest with warm water, and use the liquid for gargling.