Health Benefits of Spirit Vinegar
Vinegar is a liquid consisting of about 5-20% acetic acid (CH3COOH), water and other trace chemicals, which may include flavourings. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. Spirit vinegar has the highest concentration of acetic acid (usually 5 – 20%) and it is made from sugar cane or directly from acetic acid. We only use white cane spirit vinegar in our Sinamak.
*Increased Nutrient Absorption
Vinegar is high in acetic acid. Like other acids, acetic acid can increase the body’s absorption of important minerals from the foods you eat. Therefore, it is possible that drinking a mild tonic of vinegar and water just before meals might improve your body’s ability to absorb the essential minerals locked in foods. Or, adding vinegar to your salad dressing might help you absorb more nutrients from your leafy greens.
Vinegar has been used as a food preservative for hundreds of years. Vinegar due to its antibacterial properties, can effectively act as a good preservative for food by controlling microorganisms that generally attack food and cause decomposition.
It prevents and dandruff and conditions hair. It is also a natural remedy to relieve dry, itchy skin and dandruff. Adding two tablespoons of vinegar to a bath helps skin, while rinsing hair with a half of cup of vinegar and two cups of water after shampooing can help fight dandruff. Or, just mix equal parts (about 1/4 cup each) white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray onto your hair after shampoo, let sit for 15 minutes and rinse. Use twice per week, and you should be flake free in no time.
*Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Fungal
Vinegar possesses antimicrobial properties. Rubbing white vinegar disinfect minor cuts, abrasions, itchy rashes and insect stings or bites and can even help alleviate the sting from a jellyfish. In addition, white vinegar can help treat athlete’s foot by soaking the entire foot in vinegar three days in a row. Toenail fungus can be treated with white vinegar in much of the same way. Because of its acidic nature, vinegar is self-preserving and has an indefinite shelf life. It does not need refrigeration. White distilled vinegar will remain almost unchanged over a long period of time.
*Immune Booster and Anti-Aging
In many cultures, vinegar was thought to improve immunity and was associated with longer life and strength.
*Relieves Sore Throat
Mixing one tablespoon of white vinegar with eight ounces of warm water will help relieve the symptoms of sore throat. Use the gargle every hour and swallow after gargling. Vinegar can also be added to a vaporizer with water or to a large pot of water. Inhaling the steam can help with chest congestion.
It’s been suggested that vinegar consumption might improve cognitive function in humans, and research shows that acetic acid bacteria do, in fact, produce precursors of important building blocks of brain tissues called sphingolipids. These compounds play important roles in signal transmission and cell recognition.
Vinegar is helpful for diabetics. A test on vinegar’s effects was conducted on type 2 diabetic subjects. The research revealed that vinegar had a stimulating effect on insulin in diabetics and in case of insulin-resistant people, vinegar helped in raising insulin sensitivity. Taking 2 teaspoons of vinegar before going to bed can improve the condition of type 2 diabetes patients.
*Improves Acid-Alkali Balance
Taking two tablespoons of vinegar every day can help reduce high alkalinity in the blood. Alkalinity is increased by regular metabolism, which has to be balanced by an acid. Vinegar could be a good choice for this.