Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is a well-known food supplement, water purifier and natural antibiotic, made of whole red sweet apples, rich in minerals and trace elements.
The ACV you see in the shops is clear as it has been pasteurised to remove the impurities and make it look better.
Natural ACV is Non-pasteurised so it is literally alive. It looks cloudy as it contains the "mother" the cobweb like substance, which grows naturally on the surface. The gel like substance is the pectin, which is found naturally in apples. These are what gives it all the health benefits. No known pathogens can survive in raw ACV.
The Encyclopaedia of Natural Pet Care describes Apple Cider Vinegar in this way:
Long a folk remedy, cider vinegar has been shown to improve the health of dairy cows, horses dogs and other animals. It reduces common infections, aids birthing, improves stamina, prevents muscle fatigue after exercise, increases resistance to disease and protects against food poisoning. Cider vinegar is rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements found in apples, especially potassium. It normalises acid levels pH in the stomach, improving digestion and the assimilation of nutrients, reduces intestinal and faecal odours, help cure constipation, alleviates some of the symptoms of arthritis and helps prevent bladder stones and urinary tract infections. A healthy animal with the addition of it to the diet will noticeably resist insect and parasite problems, grow shinier and more easily managed coat and increase endurance and energy levels.
Since early times raw, natural ACV has been known as "Mother natures perfect food". ACV contains acetic acid; an undissociated weak organic acid that acts by disrupting the energy, sustenance and transport systems of aggressive bacteria and microorganisms. Harmful organisms thrive in weakly acidic or mildly alkaline conditions. You can be confident that through regular use of ACV your stock will be able to cope with the demands of intensive farming and production. It is also believed to help correct deficiencies that are the result of poor nutrition. It supports natural body functions and is ideal for preventing illnesses. ACV contains Malic Acid which improves the digestive process and stimulates the animals appetite by buffering the pH in the gut. ACV targets infections by purifying the blood and allowing the animals natural defence system to fight back.
ACV contains 19 of 22 minerals essential for maintenance, growth & repair in the body, it provides enzymes and important minerals, such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, sulphur, chlorine, phosphorous, iron, silicon, sodium, fluorine and other trace minerals. In fact it contains 93 different components. The vitamins contained in ACV are bioflavonoids (vitamin P), beta-carotene (precursor to vitamin A), vitamin C, E, B1, B2 and B6. Tannins from the crushed cell walls of fresh apples as well as malic acid, tartaric acid, propionic acid, acetic acid and pectin and other powerful nutrients which are very important in fighting body toxins, purifying the cells and ridding the body of poisons.
ACV is believed to help with the following:
Hundreds of farmers and animal owners swear by ACV and use it for a variety of reasons. We challenge you to use a source of raw, Natural Apple Cider Vinegar added to your animals diet and track the difference in health. It can be given to any animal as a daily feed, or as a health tonic and detox with drinking water to boost the immune system. ACV can be mixed into the animal??Ñ?¥s daily feed or given as a drench especially if the animal is off its food. When drenching you may dilute the ACV with an equal amount of water.
Do not use metal bowls (stainless steel is fine) as the ACV will corrode them.
The key to a successful ACV programme is threefold: 1. Dose animals daily. 2. Begin treatment prior to calving. 3.Target animals with severe problems such as catarrh, retained afterbirth and ill thrift.
ACV has been shown to calm animals when handling or transporting. This is particularly useful with handling bulls.
Farmers all over New Zealand report that using ACV is an effective preventative for many dairy cow ailments. They find that regular dosing assists in lowering somatic cell counts and reducing mastitis. Redwood cellars ACV New Zealand.
Great "pick me up" for sheep that have been down with illness such as staggers or bad lambing. Give to any ill thrift animals.
Farmers who regularly use ACV as part of their animal health programme, have noted a significant reduction in bearing problems at lambing and improvements in overall health and condition. Many farmers have commented on the reduction in wool break" as part of an overall improvement in the colour and yield of their wool and greatly reduced incidents of fly strike." Redwood Cellars ACV New Zealand.
New Zealand trials show that the daily administration of 25ml of ACV to sows prior to farrowing and throughout weaning resulted in the elimination of mastitis in sows, elimination of scouring in piglets, a slight increase in litter size over time. Breeders observed improved piglet survival and weight gains. They also report that dosing with ACV as an alternative to antibiotic treatment for mastitis and diarrhoea, has yielded outstanding results. Redwood cellars ACV New Zealand.
Add 60ml to each feed mixed with either grain, hay or other feed. Usually your horse will let you know the taste is different the first few times, after this they seem to crave the taste. Some people add honey to the ACV to help with the taste. Should your horse develop an internal infection increase the amount gradually to a MAXIMUM of 180ml per day reduce once infection clears.
ACV can be sprayed on to your horse as a fly repellent dilute with an equal amount of water.
More and more owners are making their own food for dogs, reinforcing it with unfiltered ACV. Add to wet or dry food.
The above dosage rates are intended as a guideline only. Start with smaller amounts to accustom your animal to the taste. ACV may be given more often while your animal is ill or convalescing as a "pick me up".
What is Natural Apple Cider Vinegar?
Natural Apple Cider Vinegar is made from fresh, crushed, apples. When mature, it contains a web-like substance, called 'mother', which becomes visible when the rich brownish liquid is held to the light.
What is the nature of the Mother?
The mother is the dark, cloudy substance in the ACV formed from naturally occurring pectin and apple residues - it appears as molecules of protein connected in strand-like chains. The presence of the mother shows that the best part of the apple has not been destroyed. Vinegars containing the mother contain enzymes and minerals that other vinegars may not contain due to over processing, filtration and overheating.
Why is ACV not pasteurized?
Pasteurization is the heating process intended to remove potential problem bacteria from consumable liquids such as milk, juices etc. However, this process will also remove delicate nutrients and enzymes that may constitute a major portion of the food value of that consumable. In the case of raw organic Apple Cider Vinegar, pasteurization would eliminate the 'mother', a major health giving factor of our vinegar.
Is it okay to eat/drink the Mother?
The mother is the most nutritious part of the Apple Cider Vinegar and is very beneficial to digest. Often the 'mother' settles to the bottom of the bottle. We recommend shaking the bottle lightly to distribute the 'mother' before dispensing.
Since Apple Cider Vinegar is un-pasteurized, is it protected from E.Coli ?
Apple Cider Vinegar does not carry the E.Coli bacteria, as the acidity in the vinegar is effective in killing the 0-157 strain of E.Coli bacteria.
Does Apple Cider Vinegar need to be refrigerated?
It does not need to be refrigerated. We recommend that you keep the product out of direct sunlight in a relatively cool location.
What is the shelf life of Apple Cider Vinegar?
ACV has a required 'official' shelf life of three to five years after the bottling date, however, experience has shown that the product is safe, usable and effective for an indefinite period if kept out of direct sunlight.
Is Apple Cider Vinegar safe to take during pregnancy?
It is safe to take during and after pregnancy. It helps to rid the body of toxins and may even help with any complications that may arise or have arisen with the pregnancy. It supports regularity and promotes digestion.
Is it necessary to add honey to ACV?
It is not imperative to add honey to Apple Cider Vinegar. Honey is recommended because it has proven bioactive properties and contains the vitamins and enzymes necessary for the proper digestion and metabolism. It does add health benefits to the ACV cocktail, but fortunately the ACV has plenty of health uses and benefits without the honey.
What, exactly, are the internal and external benefits attributed to ACV?
Apples are one of the oldest, most nutritious foods on earth. They are rich in potassium, a mineral many of us are deficient in, and a deficiency that causes old age to creep upon us sooner. Calcium maintains our hard tissues such as bones, and potassium is the equivalent to the body's soft tissues, keeping the body's flesh and arteries soft and resilient. Besides being a natural stimulant for vitality, Apple Cider Vinegar cleanses and restores nutrients to the body so that the body can heal itself.