NATURE’S MEDICINE CHEST: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Apple Cider Vinegar is a type of vinegar made by the fermentation of apple juice. During this process, sugar in the apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol (cider) and then into vinegar. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, lactic, citric and malic acids. It also contains pectin, trace minerals, potassium, beneficial bacteria and enzymes. Its acidic content is the reason it acts as a germ fighter and is used in many foods as a natural preservative against spoilage.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
Melrose Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is made from certified organic apples which offer exceptional quality and flavor. In order to maintain the nutritional value, Melrose Apple Cider Vinegar is unpasteurized and unfiltered. The natural sediment that you see in the bottles is the true sign of raw and unfiltered vinegar. This sediment is a natural fibre produced by the vinegar bacteria. On standing a white cellulalaric cotton known as the “mother” will form. It can be eaten, or if you prefer, can be broken up by shaking the bottle. Commercial apple cider vinegar is filtered and pasteurised which destroys any enzymes present.
People with upset stomachs benefit from the extra help Melrose Apple Cider Vinegar gives in digesting food. Sip a mixture of 2 teaspoons of Melrose Apple Cider Vinegar in a third of a glass of warm water and let the Apple Cider Vinegar handle your problem.
- 6% Acidity – Organic
- Assists in digestion
- Unpasteurised and unfiltered
- Contains beneficial bacteria and active enzymes
Nature’s Medicine Chest: Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been an essential part of every kitchen cupboard and medicine chest for generations-every grandmother knew dozens of ways this natural vinegar could be used. Now exciting new research is proving what old wives already know. Taking vinegar can help your digestion!
What is apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is made from the juice of whole apples in a fermentation process involving yeast and a bacteria called Acetobacter; both these micro organisms turn the natural sugars from apple juice into acetic acid. Since 5000 BC it has been a tonic and beverage, and was used as a wound disinfectant as recently as last century.
Feeling a bit green? Melrose Apple cider vinegar to the rescue
Usually when that green, bilious feeling hits (after too much fat, meat or sweets), we reach for the bicarbonate of soda. This neutralizes the acid in the stomach, and does make us feel better by smothering the symptoms. But next time, reach for the Melrose apple cider vinegar. This works in the opposite way to bicarb; by actually increasing the stomach acid. By giving your stomach more fire-power, it can digest better and faster, and fix your upset tummy by improving your digestion instead of just masking the problem. Try two teaspoons in water after a particularly fatty meal, or when you wake up in the middle of the night feeling nauseas.
What’s the slimy thing in my vinegar bottle? Should I throw it out?
No! That is the ‘mother’, and it’s actually cellulose, a natural fibre produced by the vinegar bacteria. This vinegar will also be coloured like tea and contain sediment, and may even be made the traditional way, by ageing the vinegar in oak like wine. These days, vinegar like this is becoming harder to find, but always choose this natural, traditional variety if you can. Some people eat the ‘mother’, but if you like you can filter it out before you use the vinegar.
How can I include Melrose apple cider vinegar in my diet?
Easily! You can mix one or two teaspoons with a little honey or just buy the pre mixed Melrose Apple Cider Vinegar with Honey and some water, and sip during a meal. Some people prefer to take it before bed; if you’re an insomniac, traditionally this mixture is used to help bring about sleep. Melrose Apple cider vinegar makes great chutneys, relishes or pickles. Remember apple cider vinegar is a weak acid, so always dilute before swallowing.