Spices Of Life From Your Kitchen Shelf

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician and "Father of Modern Medicine," believed in the healing properties of vinegar, as did the ancient Babylonians before him and the Samurai warriors in Japan later on.
In fact, vinegar has been used in a number of surprising ways, including:
  • Relief from heartburn and arthritis
  • To lower blood pressure and cholesterol
  • To aid digestion
  • To treat ear infections
  • To treat yeast infections (candida).
  • Relief for rashes, sunburn and jellyfish stings
  • To clean the house, polish glass and make laundry look brighter
  • To promote weight loss
  • Skin detoxification
But it's not just a folk remedy...vinegar has medicinal properties as well.
Research has shown that vinegar can help people with type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance (not diabetic, but high risk) by improving insulin sensitivity. In the study, vinegar was just as effective as drugs (metformin and acarbose) used to treat diabetes.1
Vinegar may be one of your most useful natural health remedies.

Vinegar: An Unlikely Gift from the Gods

Vinegar is the end product of fermentation: Yeasts transform the sugars in a juice (grape or apple, for example) into alcohol, which is subsequently transformed into acetic acid by other bacteria. Hence, one could say that vinegar is juice (or more likely wine) gone bad. But one would be making a terrible mistake; vinegar has been used as a preservative, flavoring, and drug since the dawn of time, and even though there are newer chemicals that can perform some of the functions traditionally assigned to vinegar, the effects are often not quite the same. Read on...