Apple cider vinegar’s health benefits are legendary. Unlike regular white vinegar, unfiltered apple cider vinegar includes something called the “mother.” Take a peek at the bottle—it’s that cloudy sediment in the bottom. The “mother” is the most nutritious part of the apple cider vinegar and is very beneficial to digest.

how to use apple cider vinegarThe “mother” occurs naturally as a byproduct of the fermentation process. It’s made of strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules. It looks a little odd, but don’t try to filter it out or throw it away! That’s the part with all the proteins, amino acids, fiber, and gut-friendly bacteria, and you’ll only find it in organic, raw, undistilled, and unfiltered apple cider vinegar.

This means that however you use it—in vinaigrettes, marinades, or sautés—you’re adding extra nutrients to every bite. Some people even start their day with a shot of equal parts ACV and water to boost digestion and wake up their metabolism. It also works as an effective, natural cleaning agent around the house.

Read all about it in this month’s issue of Home Cures That Work.

Health Tip

You know all of those studies condoning chocolate consumption that seem too good to be true? They make tons of claims about the health benefits of chocolate—but they don’t explain that almost all of the research on “chocolate” has to do with high levels of cacao. Cacao does indeed have plenty of beneficial nutrients and compounds. Flavonols, tryptophan, calcium, magnesium and antioxidants, to name a few, are found in chocolate.  If you’re a chocolate lover, you’ve probably experienced the mood-boosting benefits of chocolate as well. If you have fibromyalgia, there are even more benefits to gain from cacao.

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P.S.  Apple cider vinegar is the ultimate multitasker. It’s true—this inexpensive pantry staple tastes just as great in vinaigrettes and dressings as it does on roasted meats and sautéed vegetables. Used as a cleaning agent, ACV leaves everything from countertops to pots and pans sparkling. Apply ACV to your skin as a toner to help reduce acne, then treat your hair with it to restore its shine. Try ACV one time—and you’ll see why this product has become a favorite of so many natural health enthusiasts.