Experimenting with ‘superfoods’: cider vinegar

Cider vinegarFor 2018, I’m setting the alphabet theme aside and, instead, I’m going to experiment with some so-called superfoods, looking at how to include them in your diet, writes Dr Susan Aldridge, HS guest blogger, freelance writer and editor based in London, with an interest in medicine, health, science and food/nutrition.  I’m not planning to take an in-depth look at the evidence base – just at how to add some fun, imagination and maybe even a bit of healthy input into everyday eating.

So, let’s kick off by experimenting with cider vinegar, which has long been recommended for treating osteoarthritis and high blood glucose. It’s also said to aid weight loss. In an experiment carried out by Michael Mosley for the BBC a couple of years ago, taking cider vinegar did lower blood glucose and cholesterol when taken before a meal (while malt vinegar did not), although there was no impact on participants’ weight.

Cider vinegar is made by fermenting chopped up apples to make acetic acid (also the main component of malt vinegar). Culinary cider vinegar is clear, as it has been filtered and pasteurised. Head for the health food shop and pick up a bottle of cider vinegar with ‘the mother’, which is the cloudy complex mixture of yeast, bacteria, enzymes and so on remaining when the product is neither filtered nor pasteurised. It’s the presence of ‘the mother’ which is said to account for cider vinegar’s therapeutic properties.

Cider vinegar cocktail

Though I’m not keen on the concept of ‘cleansing’ or ‘detoxing’, I quite like to set the tone for the day’s eating by sipping a concoction that is meant to do just that! I like hot water and lemon, but we’ve now switched to a cider vinegar cocktail, drunk sometime mid-morning. At the moment. the recipe is one tablespoon cider vinegar, a teaspoon of Manuka honey, and one vitamin C tablet, topped up with fizzy water. Sometimes I add the juice of half a lemon. Or you could keep it very simple and just have a tablespoon of cider vinegar with hot water.

Orange & Green Juice

Instead of (or as well as?) your daily cider vinegar cocktail, why not add cider vinegar to a healthy juice? This one combines ‘something green’ with ‘something sweet’.

Serves one
Two oranges
One large carrot
Bag of spinach
One inch peeled ginger root
Juice all these ingredients, and add one tbsp. cider vinegar. Drink immediately.

Leafy avocado salad

This is a nice mixture of colours and textures, with a good dose of healthy fats from the avocado and seeds.
Serves two
Bunch or bag of watercress
Other leaves – spinach, baby kale, pea shoots
One avocado, chopped
Two tbsp. pumpkin and sunflower seeds
Two tbsp. pomegranate seeds

Dressing

One tbsp. cider vinegar
One tbsp. extra virgin flax seed oil
Mix all salad ingredients and toss with the oil and vinegar.

Sweet and sour vegan stir fry

Although I didn’t do Veganuary (or, indeed, ‘dry’ January), I am interested in the vegan approach – so I’m going to experiment with some non-animal recipes.

Serves two
100g mushrooms, sliced
One leek, sliced finely
Small white or Savoy cabbage, sliced finely
Half a pineapple, sliced finely
Bunch of spring onions, sliced finely
One tbsp. cider vinegar
Two tbsp. pineapple juice, from the pineapple listed above
One tbsp. soy sauce or equivalent (eg mixed aminos)
One tbsp. tomato puree
Heat coconut oil in a frying pan or wok and add all veg and pineapple and fry for a few minutes. Then add the vinegar, juice, soy sauce and tomato puree and stir fry for another five minutes. Serve with brown rice or wholewheat noodles.

Next month – experimenting with turmeric. 

Cider vinegar

It could be described as a panacea for all ills as cider vinegar can help you lose weight, treat and prevent arthritis and calm your digestive system.

Cider vinegar is an age-old remedy that really works for a variety of health problems. It is particularly recognised for soothing arthritis by changing the acid environment of the body. Like many acidic foods (such as citrus fruits) cider vinegar is alkaline in the body. Arthritis thrives in an acidic body, although citrus fruits are not good for arthritis.

It’s also good for the digestion, improving irritable bowel and constipation, can help to soothe bladder infections, headaches, migraine, and sore throats,and keep blood pressure at a healthy level. Because it’s not a medicine it is worth trying it to see if it works, but if problems are long-standing it won’t miraculously go away in a few days. So persist with the cider vinegar before meals for over four weeks before deciding it doesn’t work.

Cider vinegar is cheap (around £3 a bottle for organic), easy to take and available in the supermarket.

Margaret Hills was an expert on cider vinegar. When she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at a very young age, and later on with osteoarthritis, she found that taking cider vinegar changed her life and made arthritis-free.

She opened the Margaret Hills Clinic, now run in Warwickshire by her daughter, Christine Horner, and she wrote several books about it. People can have face to face or telephone consultations for £65.

‘It is good for anything and I never go on holiday without my cider vinegar decanted into a plastic bottle. It helps to prevent upset stomachs on holiday, eases sore throats, and can be put directly onto sunburn or stings.’

Cider vinegar contains powerful enzymes that help digestion and the following minerals: potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, organic sodium, copper, iron, sulphur, cholorine, fluorine, silicon and other trace minerals, as well as malic acid which can fight body toxins. constipation, irritable bowel and indigestion), preventing and easing arthritis, bladder infections, headaches and migraines, sore throats, lowering blood pressure and keeping you slim.

Christine recommends that patients take a dessertspoonful of cider vinegar in a third to half a pint of water before meals three times a day, preferably mixed with honey. ‘The honey has plenty of health benefits too and it makes it more palatable. Never take it neat because it will upset your stomach.’ She also warns people who are on Warfarin to avoid any radical change of diet such as cider vinegar.

Contact: Margaret Hills Clinic,  www.margarethillsclinic.com, 01926 854783

Cider Vinegar, by Margaret Hills, and Natural Ways to Treat Arthritis are published by Sheldon Press and are available from Nutricentre or Amazon – click on the ads.

It could be described as a panacea for all ills as cider vinegar can help you lose weight, treat and prevent arthritis and calm your digestive system.

Cider vinegar is an age-old remedy that really works for a variety of health problems. It is particularly recognised for soothing arthritis by changing the acid environment of the body. Like many acidic foods (such as citrus fruits) cider vinegar is alkaline in the body. Arthritis thrives in an acidic body, although citrus fruits are not good for arthritis.

It’s also good for the digestion, improving irritable bowel and constipation, can help to soothe bladder infections, headaches, migraine, and sore throats,and keep blood pressure at a healthy level. Because it’s not a medicine it is worth trying it to see if it works, but if problems are long-standing it won’t miraculously go away in a few days. So persist with the cider vinegar before meals for over four weeks before deciding it doesn’t work.

Cider vinegar is cheap (around £3 a bottle for organic), easy to take and available in the supermarket.

Margaret Hills was an expert on cider vinegar. When she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at a very young age, and later on with osteoarthritis, she found that taking cider vinegar changed her life and made arthritis-free.

She opened the Margaret Hills Clinic, now run in Warwickshire by her daughter, Christine Horner, and she wrote several books about it. People can have face to face or telephone consultations for £65.

‘It is good for anything and I never go on holiday without my cider vinegar decanted into a plastic bottle. It helps to prevent upset stomachs on holiday, eases sore throats, and can be put directly onto sunburn or stings.’

Cider vinegar contains powerful enzymes that help digestion and the following minerals: potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, organic sodium, copper, iron, sulphur, cholorine, fluorine, silicon and other trace minerals, as well as malic acid which can fight body toxins. constipation, irritable bowel and indigestion), preventing and easing arthritis, bladder infections, headaches and migraines, sore throats, lowering blood pressure and keeping you slim.

Christine recommends that patients take a dessertspoonful of cider vinegar in a third to half a pint of water before meals three times a day, preferably mixed with honey. ‘The honey has plenty of health benefits too and it makes it more palatable. Never take it neat because it will upset your stomach.’ She also warns people who are on Warfarin to avoid any radical change of diet such as cider vinegar.

Contact: Margaret Hills Clinic,  www.margarethillsclinic.com, 01926 854783

Cider Vinegar, by Margaret Hills, and Natural Ways to Treat Arthritis are published by Sheldon Press and are available from Nutricentre or Amazon – click on the ads.