—Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., author of The Fat Flush Plan
From Folk Medicine to 21st-Century Favorite—Discover the Amazing Powers of Vinegar!
Revised and updated, this go-to book draws on the latest scientific studies and interviews with top health researchers to reveal how apple cider and red wine vinegars—as well as balsamic, fruit, rice, and herb-infused vinegars—can help you stay healthy.
* Learn how vinegar helps lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and bone loss -- and keeps you young.
* Create home cures to treat aches and pains, colds and flu, and boost energy.
* Discover natural ways to beautify and clean your home with eco-friendly vinegar.
…and you’ll find much more in this user-friendly resource!
“Vinegar is right there in your cupboard—waiting for you to open its health properties for you and your family. Cal Orey’s book can show you how.”
—Dr. Will Clower, CEO Mediterranean Wellness
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The Healing Powers of Vinegar
A Complete Guide to Nature's Most Remarkable Remedy
By CAL OREY
KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.Copyright © 2009 Cal Orey
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The Power of Vinegar
Vinegar, the son of wine.
— Babylonian Talmud: Baba Metzia
More than 25 years ago, I had a weight problem. One night, I stepped on the scale in my bathroom. It was a shock! At 5 feet 5 inches, I weighed 150 pounds. I blamed it on typical American fast food and a slow sofa-spud lifestyle.
Things changed when I went to college. I wanted to be a dietitian. In basic nutrition class, I was smitten by the fact that food and health were linked. I'd spend time riding my bike to health food stores around town. My diet awareness soared, and my eating habits changed. I ate natural, whole foods and plenty of raw green salads splashed with red wine vinegar and olive oil.
My body took on a new shape. Within months, I weighed 120 pounds, and my attitude toward food changed. Food was my friend, not my enemy. I gave all the credit to learning about eating the right amount of the right stuff the way slim and healthy European women and men do.
Kris Cercio tried just about everything to prevent heart disease — the number one killer of women and men in the United States — but nothing worked.
Then she normalized her cholesterol levels by turning to the age-old remedy of apple cider vinegar. As an active 55-year-old woman, she is thin, but she faces the scourge of hereditary high cholesterol. "My doctor couldn't believe I got my numbers down in three short months," she says proudly.
Angelo Salcia is a 95-year-old man who uses his Italian family's old-fashioned remedies for good health. Every day, he takes one tablespoon of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water. After years of using this apple cider vinegar "cocktail," this senior remains active in body and spirit. He vows the golden liquid helps keep his blood thin and prevents arthritis.
For countless other people — and perhaps for you, too — the healing powers of vinegar are well known. Like me, people use vinegar not only as a versatile home remedy but also as an integral part of the renowned slimming, heart-healthy, and age-defying Mediterranean diet, where it provides a health boost by teaming up with fruits, vegetables, grains, fish, olive oil, and regular exercise.
If you haven't heard by now, listen up. Your health may depend on it. Chances are, you already have two great folk remedies in your kitchen cupboards. It's time to start using them more.
Medical doctors and even scientists are now saying just what folk herbalists in Europe have been saying for years, that both apple cider vinegar and red wine vinegar may have a host of amazing healing powers.
I remember as a teenager my mother made sure that I ate my "good for you" dinner. She used both apple cider vinegar and red wine vinegar in her dishes. On Sunday nights I enjoyed eating a fresh cucumber salad: sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions smothered in red wine vinegar. And for dessert, a homemade apple pie was our treat. Real apples were always used for their wholesome goodness and apple cider vinegar for that extra tang. Well, it turns out Mom knew best.
Today, we know even more about the natural goodness behind these two vinegars. Both apple cider vinegar and red wine vinegar are good folk medicine. And this healthful duo promises to be a major home remedy in the new millennium, when alternative medicine will be widespread.
A survey published in The Journal of the American Medical Association shows that Americans paid more office visits to alternative medicine practitioners than to primary care physicians.
Medical researchers believe some known trace elements and even the new health-promoting "nutraceuticals" (nutrient supplements that act like pharmaceuticals, which are currently being researched for their potential to treat cancer and heart disease) may be in apple cider vinegar and red wine vinegar.
In addition, foods that are nutritious and prevent diseases are called "functional foods," according to the American Dietetic Association. Scientists have linked functional foods with the prevention or treatment of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. And studies are ongoing.
The Apple and the Grape Yield Two Powerful Vinegars
Apple cider vinegar has been touted by vinegar gurus as one of nature's most healthful foods, especially if made from fresh, organically grown apples, then allowed to age. And now, red wine vinegar, the ignored condiment, may be its new sidekick, thanks to the grape known as "the vine healer."
People from all walks of life — as well as some vinegar pioneers and contemporary medical experts — believe apple-rich apple cider vinegar aids digestion, helps maintain weight, and keeps blood pressure down. Apple cider vinegar is also known to relieve congestion and maintain healthy skin.
One of the earliest doctors to praise apple cider vinegar was D. C. Jarvis, M.D. Dr. Jarvis strongly recommends its use in his book Folk Medicine: A New England Almanac of Natural Health Care from a Noted Vermont Country Doctor, a book that promotes alternative medicine. It's the potassium content, says Jarvis, that makes apple cider vinegar work. "It is so essential to the life of every living thing that without it there would be no life."
Potassium Plus in Apple Cider Vinegar
It's unanimous. As you learn more about apple cider vinegar, you'll continue to hear about the wonders of its high potassium content. Potassium in apple cider vinegar promotes cell, tissue, and organism growth.
In addition to potassium, apple cider vinegar contains these and other health boosters:
Enzymes: chemical substances your body produces to help boost chemical reactions in your body.
Calcium: necessary for transmitting nerve impulses, regulating muscle contraction, and maintaining healthy bones.
Iron: an essential mineral that is important for your blood.
Magnesium: a mineral that has many beneficial effects on you body, most important its impact on heart health.
Two of America's popular antiaging health authorities, Dr. Paul Bragg and Dr. Patricia Bragg, spread the good word about potassium-rich apple cider vinegar's health benefits, too. This health-minded team gives credit to apple cider vinegar as being one of the best aids to health and long life known to mankind. They give kudos to its natural substance produced by powerful enzymes — living chemicals.
And now, New Age doctors claim red grapes yield another amazing vinegar. Red wine vinegar, claim medical experts, contains healthful nutrients that are part of the "neutraceutical revolution," too. While it's apples that make apple cider vinegar what it is, it is the grape that may be the core of red wine vinegar's nutrients.
For example, one of the nation's leading authorities in preventive, nutritional, and environmental medicine, Allan Magaziner, D.O., founder and director of the Magaziner Center for Wellness and Anti-Aging Medicine in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, says red wine vinegar may have some disease-fighting antioxidant vitamins which are not listed on its label — and yet can be beneficial to our health and well-being.
Andrew Waterhouse, Ph.D., a wine chemist at the University of California at Davis agrees. Like in wine, red wine vinegar may contain a "new class" of antioxidants or polyphenolics — quercetin, catechins, tannins — which may lower the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Both vinegars have been noted for their folklore remedies in ancient history to modern times, and have gained the respect of countless people, past and present. Before I provide a guide to the health virtues of vinegar, here's what you need to know.
Polyphenols in Red Wine Vinegar
Like apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar contains polyphenols, naturally occurring compounds that act as powerful antioxidants (enzymes that protect your body by trapping the free-radical molecules and getting rid of them before damage occurs).
Science continues to find new "cutting edge" health-promoting nutrients in grapes and red wine, and these may be in red wine vinegar:
Catechin: a flavonoid believed to prevent cancer.
Flavonoids: antioxidants that belong to the phytochemical family. They are the substances found in fruit and vegetables that give them their colors and flavors.
Quercetin: belongs to the class of nutrients known as bioflavonoids, which provides allergy relief and has been shown to protect from stomach disorders.
Resveratrol: a compound that may have anticancer properties; and may have substances that can also protect against heart disease.
Vinegar Basics 101
Vinegar is one of the oldest fermented food products known to man — except for wine and perhaps certain foods made from milk. The word "vinegar" comes from the French vin aigre which means "sour wine," a definition that is a no-brainer to anyone who has left a bottle of Chardonnay exposed to the air too long. And someone did just that about 10,000 years ago.
So what exactly is vinegar, anyhow? Simply put, when air is exposed to a fermented liquid, like wine or ale, bacterial activity occurs. This process helps combine oxygen with the alcohol. The end result: acetic acid or sour vinegar.
Vinegar: 1. an impure dilute solution of acetic acid obtained by fermentation beyond alcohol stage and used as a condiment and preservative. 2. Sourness of speech or mood; ill temper. 3. Liveliness and enthusiasm; vim.
— The American Heritage Dictionary
Vinegar can be made from any fruit, such as apples or grapes, or any material containing sugar. The following kinds of vinegar are categorized according to material from which they are made and method of production.
High-tech manufacturing companies speed up the vinegar-making process. Their method is to circulate fermented liquid through large vats, incorporating lots of air and quickly producing a product. Better-quality vinegars, however, are often left unfiltered and unpasteurized, in which case the bacteria or "mother" will form at the top.
Mother or "mother-of-vinegar" is a term used to describe the excess liquid that accumulates on top of cider or other juice, which turns them into the most nutritious vinegars for health. As the fermentation progresses, mother forms a floating clump or filmy substance, like a coffee latte with the foam on top. Mother, the latte-like foam, is a living mixture of "good" bacteria and enzymes.
All-Natural Orleans Process
The slower the conversion from wine to vinegar, the better the vinegar will be. If you're looking for good vinegar, you want one that's been made using the traditional, all-natural Orleans process, which takes weeks, not hours, to make vinegar. Early vinegar experts fine-tuned this method during the Middle Ages in Orleans, France.
The best vinegars are made from whole apples ground into pulp, cold-pressed to extract the cider, fermented in wooden barrels, and aged for at least six months. Organic cider vinegars are available at health-food stores and usually unfiltered. Other kinds are made from apple cores and peelings, then quickly processed. Some companies, such as Heinz, follow the traditional process of pressing whole apples for their juice.
Organic vinegars are made from fruits and grains that are not sprayed with chemical insecticides or pesticides. Natural types of repellents and fertilizers without chemical pesticides and fewer sulfites (a food additive) are used instead. Also the vinegars are free of chemicals or additives. In addition, natural vinegars are free of artificial colorings, flavorings, dyes, and preservatives.
Though the acidity and nutrient content of vinegars may vary, legal standards in America require vinegar to be at least 4 percent acidity, or 4 grams of acetic acid per 100 cubic centimeters. Most are 5 percent acidity. The acidity is defined by the word "grain," which refers to the amount of water dilution. For instance, a 40-grain vinegar is 4 percent acetic acid.
Despite vinegar's acidity strength, health experts are now discovering what the old country folks knew all along: both apple cider vinegar and red wine vinegar have amazing healing powers.
Important Healing Hints to Remember
New evidence shows that both apple cider and red wine vinegars, which are made from whole apples and red grapes — as well as other healthful vinegars — may help you to:
[check] Fight fat.
[check] Enhance your immune system.
[check] Lower blood pressure.
[check] Lower risk of heart disease.
[check] Prevent cancer.
[check] Slow the aging process.
In this book, I will show you how using both vinegars can be one of the best things you do for yourself — and your health. But note, many people will not want to reap the benefits of vinegar by drinking the healthy brew solo. While vinegar is great for salad, it also is a great seasoning for many foods. Vinegar has a vast number of uses in cooking, and I've included more than 100 recipes to help heal your body, mind, and spirit.
But first, let's go way, way back into the past. Take a close-up look at why and how vinegar is one of the world's first — and most prized — natural medicines.CHAPTER 2
A Genesis of Sour Wine
Pour vinegar and oil into the same cruse and thou wilt say that, as foes, they keep asunder.
— Aeschylus, Agamemnon (458 B.C.)
As early as 400 B.C., Hippocrates used vinegar to treat his patients. In the era of the Romans and Egyptians, there were many potent vinegars on meal tables. During the nineteenth century, vinegar was used as a healing dressing, and in the twentieth century, people drank vinegar cocktails of all kinds.
Today, nutritionists and researchers around the world continue to utilize other powerful uses of this universal liquid. And history shows that people of yesteryear took advantage not only of the internal benefits of vinegar, but of its external virtues as well.
Vinegar's great power is timeless. The earliest historical record of vinegar may be the Babylonians. In 5000 B.C. they made vinegar as an end product of a wine from the date palm. Since that time, vinegar has been used as a food preservative, a medicinal agent, an antibiotic, and even as a household cleaner. Then and now it's known for its "good" antimicrobial properties — it kills "bad" microorganisms.
Hippocrates, known as "the father of medicine," treated his patients with vinegar as an antibiotic. It was one of our first medicines. Hippocrates used vinegar to treat a variety of illnesses. For instance, he told his patients that oxymel (a honey and vinegar combination) was a good remedy for getting rid of phlegm and breathing easy. It is believed that strong acid, such as in the honey and vinegar, helps to clear up congestion.
Hippocrates also prescribed this potent honey-vinegar combo for other ailments. Not only was oxymel to aid in regularity, but it also treated respiratory disorders such as peripneumonia and pleurisy, too. Vinegar was used to treat inflammations and swellings and even burns. Also, the ancient medicine man used vinegar for disinfecting ulcerations.
Vinegar is mentioned eight times in the Bible: four times in the Old Testament and four in the New Testament. In fact, there is even a Vinegar Bible. In the sixteenth century the Clarendon Press in Oxford, England, typeset the word "vinegar" instead of "vineyard" in the top-of-the-page running headline of the twenty-second chapter of Luke. And soon, the edition was coined the "Vinegar Bible."
Since Biblical times, vinegar, known as "the poor man's wine," has played a major role in the lives of both the rich, such as in royalty, and in the poor. Laborers, for instance, would add a splash of wine vinegar to water, perhaps with a pinch of salt. This ancient version of an energizing drink was teamed with bread to help people persevere as they worked under the hot sun. Even in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, this age-old vinegar tradition was used by laborers. For example, a fruit-flavored vinegar known as "shurbs" or "switches" was used by workers during harvesting.
The Royal Power of Vinegar
Remember Cleopatra, the legendary Queen of Egypt? The strong-willed African woman led her husband, Mark Antony, into an ironic, no-win wager. She put her vinegar smarts to work. According to Pliny, a Roman scholar, the savvy queen claimed that she could eat one meal that would cost a million sisteries (an old Roman coin). The bet seemed absurd, since one human can only consume so much at one sitting, right? Not exactly.
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Table of Contents
PART 1 A Time for Vinegar,
1. The Power of Vinegar,
2. A Genesis of Sour Wine,
PART 2 Apple Cider Vinegar,
3. A Historical Testimony,
4. Where Are the Secret Ingredients?,
5. Why Is Apple Cider Vinegar So Healthy?,
PART 3 Red Wine Vinegar,
6. The Red Wine Vinegar Chronicle,
7. The Old and New Healthful Ingredients,
8. Tapping Into the French Paradox,
9. Is Red Wine Vinegar Good for You?,
PART 4 Other Natural Vinegars,
10. Healthy Rice Vinegar,
11. The Balsamic Vinegar Boom,
12. Healing Herbal Vinegars,
13. Fruit-Flavored Vinegar Craze,
PART 5 The Elixir of Youth,
14. Combining Vinegars and Garlic, Onions, and Olive Oil,
15. The Liquid to Heart Health,
16. Fat-Burning Vinegar,
17. Antiaging Wonder Food,
PART 6 Vinegar Remedies,
18. Home Cures,
PART 7 Future Vinegar,
19. Vinegarmania: Using Vinegar for the Household, Beauty, Kids, and Pets,
20. Vinegar Is Not for Everyone: Some Sour Views,
PART 8 Vinegar Recipes,
Ten Pickling Family Favorites,
Dressings — Sauces — Spreads,
Main Meat Dishes,
Before You Use Vinegar,
PART 9 Vinegar Resources,
What People are Saying About This
A practical, health-oriented book that everyone who wants to stay healthy and live longer should read.
(Patricia Bragg, N.D., Ph.D., author of Apple Cider Vinegar)
Deserves to be included in everybody's kitchen and medicine chest.
(Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., author of The Fat Flush Plan)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
You know, I honestly didn't think vinegar was that interesting until I read this book. From apple cider to herbal blends, this text covers it all including detailed corespondences, histories, simple and effective healing hints, tasty recipes, insights into the famous mediterranean diet, supply outlets, beauty tips, and even vinegar Feng Shui! You would be hard pressed to find a more complete book on this subject.
The Healing Powers of Vinegar is humorous, inviting and informational. Cal Orey weaves personal anecdotes and perspectives through a body of endless research, interviews, recipes and home cures so that the book just flows. Surprisingly, the subject matter is practical and light enough to be engaging, while the writer's style involves the reader to keep him riveted. Who ever thought that a book about Vinegar could be this entertaining? ('Not to mention educational!') Culturally, the current focus on everything 'Green,' make relevant and timely the numerous discussions on the detoxing powers of vinegar. Everyone wants things fresh and nice, yet few realize the harm they may cause themselves with household cleaning products and their runoff. Orey matches much of this conversation with the personal experience of trying to keep a house clean, rid pets of fleas, and as a waitress, to keep a eating establishment free of germs. She writes about the myriad of ways she manages to do this without exposing everyone to harsh chemicals that cause health problems. Once again, this shared intimacy with the reader about the many aspects of the topic keeps the delivery from being dry. The Healing Powers of Vinegar has been revised and updated to include many more household cures and healthful cooking ideas. The recipe resource alone makes this book a must for anyone trying to improve their cooking. Here are some of the claims bolstered by testimonials and expert opinion gathered together by Orey. Many people are trying to boost their fiber--vinegar does this. Others are trying to lose weight--vinegar can be applied here as well. Still others claim to have lived many years of good health and have enjoyed the glow of vitality throughout.If you have pets, you can better care of them than you ever thought possible. The book goes on to claim and explain that vinegar's applications also include hair, skin, wound care and keeping a kitchen disposal clean and fresh. We all have one of those, right? Well, each of us should have a copy of this book as well. Allison Strong
I loved this book. It is well written and I've learned so much about the different kinds of vinegar. Especially great is at the end of each chapter there is a summary of the chapter called 'Important Healing Hints to Remember.' Chapter 18 lists 55 home cures using vinegar and chapter 19 lists many ways to use it around your home from cleaning and detoxing, to beauty tips, pets and more. The whole book is full of research and suggestions on how you can use and benefit from the use of versatile vinegar. I can hardly wait to try some of the recipes created by famous spa chefs at the end of the book!
This is Cal Oreys 2ND book on The Healing powers of Vinegar, It has a bit more detailed information and more daily uses for vinegar. I try to stay away from harsh cleaners so this book is very helpful. I see a need for everyone to have a few containers around the house and car for cleaning use with out harmful effects. It is a great read and a book for valuable information. A must have for everyone..
Once again, Cal Orey, dazzles us with one of her wonderfully-crafted books on health. In The Healing Powers of Vinegar, Revised and Updated, she supplies us with loads of information, great recipes and sound advice. Written in a fun and easy style, the book is one you'll want to keep in the kitchen on the cookbook shelf and refer to often. Not only does she provide great information on using vinegar for cooking and cleaning, she gives medicinal uses as well. Need a good diet? Try the vinegar diet and find those pounds melting away. Or have some fun sampling the various vinegars available today ¿ rice vinegar, red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar and more! I now add my own herbs and spices or colorful fruits and veggies to create spiced vinegars that are not only tasty but look great on my kitchen shelf. I'm dazzled.
As a member of the aging baby boomer generation I've had to become much more health conscience. I ran across a few articles talking about the benefits of apple cider vinegar and decided to investigate it further. There are a number of books on the subject. Most were written as a cure all and lacked vital pieces of the puzzle. I wanted a book that took an in depth look at how I could treat the residual effects of eating processed foods for years - foods filled with processed sugar, high carbohydrate, and high fat,etc. I found this wonderful book that contains a full spectrum of information I found extremely timely and useful. I started drinking apple cider vinegar on a daily basis - the pounds and inches are melting away. I'm hooked! Moreover, I started to incorporate more of the Mediterranean foods -- fruits and veggies -- into my diet along with healthy smoothies in the morning and nutritious sandwiches at night with a splash of olive oil to keep heart-healthy. I highly recommend this book to people who want to improve their health and overall physical appearance.
This book was very well planned and organized. Cal provides everything from the history of vinegar to the many varieties of and uses for this very versatile product of nature. She provides healthy alternatives for everything from cleaning your home to caring for your body. I especially love the recipes that are interspersed throughout the book in addition to the ample section in the back.
Wow! I didn¿t now that. After spending time reading this handy book, I¿ve learned lots about the healing powers of vinegar. I didn¿t know there were so many varieties and what they could do for you. I do remember Mom putting vinegar on our sunburns as children. It took the sting right out. I also remember her cutting up onions and cucumbers and putting it in vinegar. Yummy! Little did I know it was healthy. Besides using the recipes, I am going to try the medicinal uses of vinegar. I always believed the old remedies were the best. Why wouldn't they be good if they started back in the beginning of time? The history lesson was enlightening. I highly recommend this book to those that want to stay young and healthy. I plan on doing just that!
Discover the healing powers of apple cider vinegar (and other vinegars)--now widely recognized as a valuble weight loss tool and a potent elixir. You'll find a wealth of natural beauty treatments and environment-friendly household hints-from making kitchen countertops sparkle to cleaning up kids and pets. Incorporating the latest scientific evidence, plus Mediterranean-style heart-healthy recipes, The Healing Powers of Vinegar is a must-have resouce. Most important, this timely book includes dozens of NEW home cures!
Cal Orey has done an outstanding job of illuminating a subject most people know very little, if anything, about -- how vinegar can improve health and healing. The book is organized beautifully with checklists, recipes, and menu plans. It is written with great clarity and professionalism. The research and balanced approach make it practical and inspiring. I especially appreciated the sections about how the proper use of vinegar can help your pets.
This is an excellent reference that answered so many of my questions. I'm sure I will refer to it often.
Try Cal Orey,her book~~https://play.google.com/store/books/details... is fantastic for the home remedies of vinegar!!It's my go to bible,I use for everything,including drinking it,cleaning,flea control,the list goes on,it s a mainstay in my home,give it a try, Try 1 tsp vinegar,any kind,but Apple Cider Vinegar is best,also have many flavored ones
I've always used vinegar in salad dressing and on pasta but had no idea of how useful and helpful it could be until I read this book. I didn't have any idea of its health properties, or the different ways it could be used in the house. I learned a good deal about vinegar. It has always had a place in my kitchen but now it serves as medicinal as well. This is a great book to have in your home and to give to a friend.