Vinegar is a cheap, easy way to enhance your health. From reducing your risk of cancer to helping you age more gracefully to fighting toenail fungus, there are few things that vinegar can’t do for you.
While most people know that vinegar makes mirrors and glass sparkle, typically they do not know that it is a great source of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and enzymes. Plus, it has some amazing healing powers.
Research shows that vinegar is both nutritious and wonderful way to protect yourself against disease.
Types of Vinegars
1) Apple cider vinegar is the most potent and healthful of all the vinegars because it contains the same important nutrients as apples. This includes, beta-carotene and potassium. It also contains the enzymes and amino acids which are formed during the fermentation process.
Apple cider vinegar has a high potassium content that helps to with cell, tissue and organism growth. Additionally, it contains calcium to help maintain healthy bones, transmit nerve impulses and regulate muscle contraction.
Apple cider vinegar is also a good source of iron and magnesium.
Finally, this type of vinegar is great for anyone who suffers from poor digestion or other digestive disorders, as it helps to enable the stomach to produce hydrochloric acid, a substance which aids in digestion. Drink a bit every day, or add it into the batter of baked goods.
2) Red wine vinegar has been used for centuries as medicine. It is chock full of anti-ageing antioxidants, and it is cholesterol free, sodium free, and fat. Red wine vinegar helps to prevent age-related ailments such as heart disease and cancer.
Just like wine, red wine vinegar is packed with flavanoids. These help to lower cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of heart and stroke. It can also lower blood pressure.
Use it to add flavor to vegetables, meat and pasta sauces.
3) Balsamic vinegar has been used as a tonic and gargle for centuries. It is high in antioxidants and potassium. It is great for making salad dressings.
Ways to Use Vinegars
1. Vinegar can be used to heal burns and reduce any swelling or inflammation. Apply apple cider vinegar directly to your burn. It can also alleviate soreness in muscles.
2. Add apple cider vinegar to a pot of steaming water, and then inhale to clear congestion.
3. Use any type of herbal vinegar to get rid of a headache. Dampen a cloth with water and vinegar, and then apply to the forehead. Lie down and relax. For migraines, add any type of vinegar to a pot of boiling water. Inhale the steam from the pot and allow it to ease your headache.
4. Gargling with a 50-50 solution of warm water and vinegar can soothe a sore throat.
5. Applying a cold vinegar compresses to sunburned skin will relieve discomfort and prevent blisters.
6. For painful insect bites or stings, make a paste from vinegar and cornstarch and apply directly to the bite or sting.
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