More Over Apple Cider Vinegar
- By Susan Patterson

Posted on November 20, 2015

Coconut vinegar actually tastes like a milder version of apple cider vinegar with a hint of sweetness. It is made from coconut flower nectar which is very nutritious.

How to make coconut vinegar

The inflorescence or the flowering stems of the coconut blossom are tapped to yield the coco nectar. Natural fermentation takes place between 45-60 days, after which the unfiltered and unheated vinegar is bottled. As it ages, the vinegar’s color changes from white to a light yellow and brown.

The “mother”

Raw coconut vinegar has a similar live body as in apple cider vinegar. The cloudy and somewhat cobweb-like structure at the bottom of the bottle is referred to as the “mother” due to its life-giving properties such as valuable nutrients and bacteria.

Health benefits of raw coconut vinegar

1. It contains 17 amino acids
that are the building blocks of protein and are relevant for the production of hemoglobin that transports oxygen. Amino acids are also needed for the formation of anti-bodies responsible for the continuous functioning of the immune system. Amino acids help to repair tissue, assist in both detoxification and metabolic functions and serve as neuro-transmitters that convey messages to the brain.

2. It is loaded with minerals
namely, potassium, iron, magnesium, sulfur, boron, manganese, zinc and phosphorous. Potassium content of raw coconut vinegar is 192 milligrams per tablespoon. It balances electrolytes, manages high blood pressure and metabolizes sugar.
Phosporous pairs with calcium to build strong bones and plays a critical role in the body’s ability to use other nutrients. Iron creates red blood cells and cellular energy. Copper helps with iron absorption. Magnesium is essential in nerve and muscle function and in every major biological process in the body.

3. It is high in vitamin C
an anti-oxidant required in 300 metabolic processes in the human body, including tissue growth and repair, adrenal gland function and healthy gums. It also aids in the production of anti-stress hormones and interferon – a vital immune system protein. It is needed to metabolize folic acid, tyrosine and phenylalanine.

4. It contains broad spectrum B vitamins
which are essential for a variety of metabolic functions in the body and are especially key in nervous system function.

5. It has a neutral pH
that gives the body an alkaline environment. Consumption of highly processed foods and very few alkalizing foods make one unhealthy. Coconut vinegar balances the body’s pH, thus it creates an overall detoxification of the body. It can help detoxify the liver and stimulate cardiovascular circulation.

6. It is rich in digestive enzymes
that breaks down food to nourish the body and strengthen the immune system.

7. It contains prebiotic FOS.
Prebiotocs are nutritional fibers that cannot be digested by the human digestive system. They are complex chains of sugars that travel through the stomach and small intestine 90% whole, and arrive in the large intestine where they serve as food for probiotic bacteria.

There are two main types of prebiotic fiber: fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) and galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS). Inulin is one of the most commonly known prebiotics and belongs to the FOS group. The other most promising type of prebiotic is oligofructose.

One of the main benefits of prebiotics is their ability to feed desirable probiotoc bacteria. This is done through a fermentation process. Many types of bacteria are able to ferment and metabolize prebiotic fiber, but lactobacilli and bifidobacteria in particular, have been observed to thrive on prebiotics. These two main species help in proper food digestion and excretion of waste.

Prebiotics have therapeutic effects. The gut microbiome of those who consumed contained more beneficial bacteria and fewer pathogens or disease-causing microorganisms. With prebiotics, absorption of minerals such as calcium and magnesium increases. Prebiotics strengthen the immune system to combat recalcitrant bacterial conditions such as bacterial vaginosis, recurrent urinary tract infections, pertussis, pneumonia and H. pylori.

8. It has low glycemic index
with only 35 on the scale. The glycemic index measures how a carbohydrate-containing food raises blood sugar.

Ways to use this nutritionally rich tonic
Coconut vinegar can be used straight as a salad dressing. It can be added to sauces and condiments or used for cooking and dipping. One or two tablespoons of raw coconut vinegar with no additives. added to a cup of warm water and honey can also be taken internally.

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