A revered home remedy since Hippocrates’ day, apple cider vinegar is credited with everything from increasing metabolism and balancing the body’s pH to detox and joint health. One recent study showed that apple cider vinegar consumption lowered LDL cholesterol and triglycerides levels, increased HDL cholesterol levels, and could help manage diabetes complications. Whenever possible, look for organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with a rich brown color and the dusty “mother” included. Always shake well before using.
For health benefits, proponents suggest drinking 2 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar, dissolved in water and if desired, sweetened with coconut nectar or raw honey, twice daily. A splash of apple cider vinegar also livens up cooked beans, rice, brothy soups, coleslaw and creamy dips.
Making a simple salad dressing is a great way of adding apple cider vinegar to your daily meals. Combine equal parts apple cider vinegar and olive oil and season with chopped fresh herbs, such as oregano, parsley, chives or rosemary. Drizzle over mixed greens and top with toasted nuts for a delicious and healthy meal.
Some other tasty ways to incorporate apple cider vinegar: