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Apple Cider Vinegar

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Much has been written about the Apple Cider Vinegar. But did you know that it is made by the fermentation of apple cider. During the fermentation process, sugar is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol and then into vinegar. Like other types of vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar contains acetic acid as well as lactic, citric and malic acids. Thus Apple Cider Vinegar provides many health benefits.

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar:

1. Diabetes

The effect of this vinegar on blood glucose levels is perhaps the best-researched and the most promising of apple cider vinegar’s possible health benefits. Several studies by the Arizona State University in 2007 have suggested that the vinegar helps maintain lower glucose levels. The study of 11 people with type 2 diabetes who were not taking insulin, found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime lowered glucose levels in the morning by 4%-6%. Scientists think the anti-glycaemic effect of the acid is the key.

2. High Blood Pressure

Acetic acid lowers high blood pressure, according to a study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry in 2001. However, it is not known if this study tested the use of acetic acid derived from apple cider vinegar or from another vinegar type.

3. Weight Loss

Apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. The acetic acid suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention. Scientists also theorize that apple cider vinegar interferes with the body’s digestion of starch, which means fewer calories enter the bloodstream.

For weight management, add 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water. This concoction can be sipped throughout the day. As part of balancing the body’s pH, the apple cider vinegar also creates an overall detox of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver as well.

4. High Cholesterol

A Japanese research found that half an ounce of apple cider vinegar a day, lowers the cholesterol level of people who participated in the study.

5. Hair

Rinse your hair after shampooing, with apple cider vinegar will boost your hair’s body and shine. I recommend filling an old shampoo bottle with 1/2 a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour the solution through your hair after shampooing for dramatic results. The vinegar solution is thought to restore the pH balance of the scalp and discourage dandruff.

6. Face

Apple cider vinegar makes a great natural toner that can leave skin looking healthier. Its antibacterial properties help keep acne under control, and the malic and lactic acids found in apple cider vinegar soften and exfoliate skin, reduce red spots, and balance the pH of your skin.

Dabbed a solution made up of 1 part of apple cider vinegar and 3 parts of water to treat acne. A dab of apple cider vinegar can also be left on the skin overnight to fade age spots or acne scars.

7. Allergies and Balance

Believe it or not, research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucus and sinus congestion. This vinegar breaks up mucus throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. It contains potassium, which thins mucus; and the acetic acid prevents bacteria growth, which could contribute to nasal congestion.

Simply mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink to help sinus drainage. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches. This in turn reduces the risk of conditions such as arthritis and gout. It is also thought to correct the stomach acidity, hence reducing heartburn.

Natural remedy experts say you should begin to feel relief very shortly after taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar followed by a glass of water. Note that apple cider vinegar will not give relief if you have a stomach ulcer.

8. Gets Rid of Candida

This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of candida—yeasts that are attributed to thrush in humans. Candida also is blamed for creating symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings, and yeast infections.

9. Energy Booster

Exercise and sometimes stress can cause lactic acid build up in the body, causing fatigue. The amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar acts as an antidote. What’s more, apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling. Next time you are feeling tired, add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled vegetable juice or simply to a glass of water to drink.

10. Night Time Leg Cramps

Leg cramps can often be a sign that you are low in potassium. Since apple cider vinegar is high in it, one home remedy suggests mixing 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon honey to a glass of water and drink to relieve night time leg cramps.

Traditional Recipe

After understanding the many health benefits of the Apple Cider Vinegar, why not try this traditional remedy. Drink it in the morning, before you eat or drink anything, for two weeks, and your blood pressure and cholesterol will significantly decrease.

We have already discussed about the benefits provided, so there reason why you should not try this drink.

Ingredients (for one dose):

  • 1 tsp of raw organic apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp raw organic honey
  • 200 ml of cooled water

Note: As honey has the role of a natural sweetener, vegans and diabetics can use other sugar / honey substitute.

This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. Statements made here have not been evaluated by the FDA. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding in supplements or making any changes in your diet.

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