A revered home remedy since Hippocrates’ day, apple cider vinegar gets credited for everything from increasing metabolism, shedding weight, and balancing the body’s pH to detox and joint health. One recent study showed that apple cider vinegar consumption lowered LDL and triglycerides levels, increased HDL levels, and could be helpful for managing diabetes complications. Look for organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with a rich brown color and the dusty “mother” included; refined, clear vinegar lacks the same nutritional value. Shake well before using.
For health benefits, proponents suggest drinking 2 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar, dissolved in water and sweetened with a bit of stevia, cinnamon, or honey if desired, twice daily. Cider vinegar is also delicious sprinkled on cooked beans, rice, and vegetables such as squash or cauliflower.
Add a splash of apple cider vinegar to liven up brothy soups, coleslaw, or creamy dips. Make a simple, healthy salad dressing by combining cider vinegar with olive oil and chopped fresh herbs, such as oregano or ginger; drizzle over mixed greens with toasted nuts and sliced figs.