• Minerals and mineral salts
• Amino acids
• Other acids
• Other ingredients for flavoring or color
Found in both the condiment and health supplement section of your grocery store, apple cider vinegar can be used for many purposes and can relieve just about any ailment you can think of.
It is important to understand the differences between apple cider vinegar and regular distilled vinegar.
White distilled vinegar is 100% acidic. Apple cider vinegar has a much higher pH level than white distilled vinegar and other kinds of vinegars, such as brown rice vinegar, plum vinegar, etc. Rice vinegar and plum vinegar are also better sources of vinegar than regular white distilled vinegar. But again, apple cider vinegar is the BEST!
If you must use vinegar for food preparation, by all means opt for apple cider vinegar. Don't be frightened by the murky brown sediment sometimes found at the bottom of the bottle. This just means that the apple cider vinegar is raw and contains living nutrients and bacteria that are beneficial to your health.
White distilled vinegar is stripped of the natural fermentation and can actually be detrimental to your health because its ingredients are dead rather than alive.
Apple cider vinegar can be used to restore alkaline acid balance. Even though it is an acidic solution, some of
its ingredients can cause one's pH levels to become more alkaline. A high pH level and alkaline foods have been shown to increase oxygen levels in our arteries and prevent the degeneration of cells. Apple cider vinegar has a
pH of 4.5. It was even used by the father of Western medicine, Hippocrates, who reportedly used apple cider vinegar for healing and cleansing purposes. Apple cider vinegar is a great natural source of potassium (apples are rich in potassium).
A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of room temperature water every morning will help prevent joints from aching. It's a great tonic in preventing and healing arthritis and tendonitis.