Red Deer Specialty Oils and Vinegars – Brandi Roberts

Health Benefits of Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar retains most of the nutrients present in the parent grapes and comprises nutrients like iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, phosphorus and magnesium in adequate amounts. So when incorporating balsamic vinegar in your daily diet will benefit you immensely. Here are some of the different balsamic vinegar health benefits.

Antioxidant Properties

Free radicals damage cell membranes and manifest themselves in terms of premature aging, hardening of arterial walls and cancer. Antioxidants from  balsamic vinegar destroy these free radicals and prevent cells from being destroyed.

Fights Cancer

Along with vitamin C, antioxidants strengthen the immune system to fight cancer as well as other infectious disease and  inflammations.  Balsamic vinegar also contains polyphenols which are anticancer agents.

Reduces Risks of Heart Attacks

Balsamic vinegar is low in saturated fat and is believed to reduce cholesterol. Also, since it is low in sodium, it enhances heart health and reduces high blood pressure.

Controls Diabetes

Research reveals that consumption of at least 5 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar a day enhances insulin sensitivity. The greater the insulin sensitivity, the better the diabetes control.

Natural Pain Reliever

In ancient times, healers used this vinegar to relieve people of their body pain. Moreover, they also used balsamic vinegar to treat wounds and infections. The anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties in the vinegar healed wounds.

Assists Digestion

Balsamic vinegar stimulate the activity of pepsin enzyme in the body. Pepsin is a digestive enzyme, which helps break proteins into smaller units.  These polyphenols also assist the intestine in absorbing amino acids quickly.  Efficient amino acid absorption enables the body to utilize it for cell building, repair and other body maintenance work.

This shrub recipe will help you incorporate balsamic vinegar into your daily diet.

LEMON – CUCUMBER – GRAPEFRUIT WHITE BALSAMIC SHRUB

Ingredients

– 2 cups of Urban Olive’s Grapefruit White

– Balsamic (or your choice of white balsamic)

– 1 medium cucumber thinly sliced

(about 1 cup)

– 1/2 lemon thinly sliced

– 8 cups seltzer water or sparkling water (without sodium added)

Directions

In a one liter mason jar or container add the sliced cucumber and lemon. Pour the grapefruit balsamic over the cucumber and lemon and refrigerate for at least one hour or up to four hours. The longer it sits, the more pronounced the flavor of the fruit infusion. Strain and keep refrigerated and tightly covered for up to two months.

To serve, add 1-2 tablespoons of shrub (depending on your preference for sweetness) for 8 oz. of chilled sparkling water. Serve over ice if desired.

Makes between 16-32 servings depending on amount added to water or cocktails.