It's commonly used in dressings and marinades - but apple cider vinegar also boasts a whole host of health benefits which make it so much more than simply an accompaniment to a salad. Made from fermented apples, people have been using apple cider vinegar as a supplement to boost health for years, crediting it with aiding weight loss and helping to soothe infections. A traditional remedy which also adds an extra dimension to a number of delicious dishes, this multi-functioning vinegar could be one to add to your kitchen shelf if you're looking for an alternative way to boost your health!
You may often see apple cider vinegar sold as containing "The Mother" - but what does this actually mean?
The Mother is what gives apple cider vinegar its health boosting properties – as well as its cloudy appearance. It's formed of a culture of healthy bacteria and acids and can be found in unfiltered and unrefined apple cider vinegar. If you come across clear apple cider vinegar, it's likely that The Mother has been filtered out (along with all its health aiding properties!).
Apple cider vinegar is said to boast a number of health benefits and can be used in a number of different ways.
1. Helps to soothe a sore throat
It is said that gargling a combination of apple cider vinegar and warm water can help to soothe a sore throat. The acidic properties of the vinegar work against germs to help soothe inflammation. One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar dissolved in a glass of warm water should do the trick - add a little salt for a stronger solution!
2. Helps with an upset stomach
Mixing honey with apple cider vinegar is thought to boost its health benefits – as well as making it slightly more palatable! Drinking a combination of one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of honey, dissolved into a glass of warm water is said to aid an upset tummy as well as helping to alleviate gas.
3. Assists with weight loss
Apple cider vinegar is often touted as an aid to weight loss and, while it's no substitute for a healthy diet and lifestyle, there are a number of ways it can help. Apple cider vinegar can, according to some, encourage a feeling of fullness; help to control your appetite; boost the metabolism; and more. While more research is needed to confirm these claims, adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a bottle of water to sip throughout the day is the suggested dose.
4. Clears skin
With its antibacterial properties and reputed ability to balance out the skin's pH levels, apple cider vinegar is often used as a toner to help soothe and clear skin. Avoid applying it neat; instead, mix your apple cider vinegar with water to create an easy, DIY toner. The ratio of vinegar to water is up to you, however start off with a weaker solution and adjust as needed.
5. Strengthens hair and restores shine
Using apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse can have a number of benefits, restoring both strength and shine to the hair. Mix around two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water, and use to rinse hair between shampoo and conditioner. It may seem strange at first, but this combination is said to balance the hair's pH levels and restore the protective acid mantle, as well as removing product build up.
For the maximum health benefits, pick an apple cider vinegar which includes The Mother. Willy's Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother is made from hand-picked organic apples grown in Hereford and is 100% natural - no pesticides or fertilisers are used in its creation. Pick up a bottle and an information sheet in the Food Hall, complete with recipe ideas and handy info.
Willy's Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother (500ml), £6.90