Almost every single website and recipe for making bone broth mentions using apple cider vinegar.
And for good reason.
Vinegar and apple cider vinegar, in particular, is a great addition to your broth because it will add to the health and nutritional benefits you get from consuming this delicious hot liquid.
Let’s take a look at exactly what you get but adding vinegar to your stockpot.
You’ll Get More Minerals From Your Broth
The main reason to add vinegar to your broth is to get more of the minerals and trace elements out of the bones.
The acidity of the vinegar helps dissolve minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium from the bones and leaves them in broth.
That’s the big health benefit of broth.
It’s so dense in the minerals and nutrients we are lacking in our modern diet.
So do yourself a favor and add a big splash of apple cider vinegar to the pot when the bones are soaking. (regular vinegar will do in a pinch)
Vinegar Acts As A Preservative
The second reason to add vinegar is that it acts as a preservative.
The acidic nature of any type of vinegar will kill bacteria and make sure your finished broth is still safe to consume after a few days.
This works similarly to the way pickling preserves vegetables and fish.
Don’t rely on just the vinegar alone though.
There isn’t enough to kill everything (which we don’t want anyway).
Store your broth in the fridge after it has cooled or freeze it for long-term storage.
Why Apple Cider Vinegar
If any type of vinegar will work to leach out minerals and act as a preservative, why do so many recipes call for apple cider vinegar?
ACV is the vinegar of choice in health food circles because of its added benefits to digestion.
Good, organic, unpasteurized ACV is full of gut-healthy bacteria.
It also includes active yeast and essential amino acids.
Adding this type of vinegar to your broth gives it that extra nutritional boost you just won’t get from plain white vinegar.
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Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar
In case you are wondering apple cider vinegar is a health remedy that has been around for centuries.
Aside from using it to boost the nutrients from your bone broth, it’s one of those holistic remedies that people often overlook.
Let’s look at the health benefits of this miraculous ‘potion’:
Lowers blood sugar levels
This is a very powerful benefit and is fantastic for people suffering from type-2 diabetes. Apple cider vinegar helps to improve insulin insensitivity. Coupled with a low-carb diet, it can help to reverse diabetes.
It’s best to speak to your doctor first before you try this remedy. It’s safe but you should get professional medical advice.
Aids in digestion
Apple cider vinegar contains probiotics which will help with the digestive process. Not only will it regulate your stomach acids, but will improve your gut health too.
Related: Best Essential Oils For Digestion
Improves heart health
Studies show that regular consumption of apple cider vinegar helps to keep your bad cholesterol (LDL) levels low. This will help to prevent strokes and cardiovascular disease.
Better weight management
Want to lose weight? Apple cider vinegar will give you that edge you need. It’ll curb your appetite and since it keeps your insulin levels stable, you’ll eat less and your body will not be storing fat so easily.
Related: 9 Ways To Lose Weight Fast
Has anti-cancer properties
Apple cider vinegar helps to maintain the pH level in the body. The general idea behind the anti-cancer theory is that cancer cells cannot thrive in an alkaline environment. Since the vinegar alkalizes the body, the cancer cells will not be able to grow.
Should You Drink It?
While there is still debate in the medical community about apple cider vinegar’s efficacy, the truth of the matter is that it doesn’t hurt to consume some daily.
If you do decide to start drinking it daily you should start out slow.
Add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in a cup of water daily.
After a week or so, you may consume 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with water daily.
Generally, mixing 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with about 100ml of water should be enough to dilute it for consumption.
About a month of this and you may go up to 2 tablespoons a day.
There’s really no need to go above 2 tablespoons and it’s not recommended either.
Note: Drinking apple cider vinegar undiluted will weaken tooth enamel because the vinegar is acidic by nature.
Where To Get Apple Cider Vinegar
You can find quality apple cider vinegar at your local health food store and even in the health food section of your local grocery store.
A popular brand is Braggs which you can find locally or on Amazon .
You can also look for other brands but be sure it’s organic, raw, unfiltered and has the “mother” at the bottom (sort of a milky color).
Let me know if you use apple cider vinegar…
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