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Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

June 27, 2012

Praktikos Institute

Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries. Not many people are aware of the health benefits of consuming it. The health benefits may surprise you.
Apple cider vinegar is made from fermenting apple cider, a juice made from apples. It can also be produced from apple must, a freshly made juice including the apple skins and seeds. The process of fermentation first breaks down sugars into an alcohol and then it becomes a vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is available in two forms, pasteurized and unpasteurized. The pasteurized vinegar is a clear, sparkling vinegar. Unpasteurized vinegar is a darker, murkier variety with sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Unpasteurized, raw, organic vinegar contains more nutrient and health benefiting qualities than that of pasteurized vinegar. Known as the ‘mother of vinegar’ unpasteurized vinegar is the best choice for consumption. This article discusses the nutrient qualities of apple cider vinegar, its profound health benefits and how to include it in your diet.
Apple cider vinegar is a source of the vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E. It contains the minerals selenium, manganese, copper, potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, sodium and phosphorus. All of these vitamins and minerals play vital roles in healthy body functions. Acetic acid gives the vinegar its acidic properties and it also contains pectin, ash, enzymes, bacterial by products of the fermentation process, lactic acid and malic acid.
The father of medicine Hippocrates used apple cider vinegar as a medicinal treatment for many ailments in around 400 BC. It his early research it is said he had only two remedies, apple cider vinegar and honey. Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar has been scientifically studied and has unveiled some miraculous health benefits. These health benefits are as follows.
•Lowers Bad Cholesterol (LDL)
The pectin in apple cider vinegar helps reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the blood. Bad cholesterol causes the build up of fatty plaques on the inside of arteries. The heart has to work so much harder to pump blood through these arteries which results in high blood pressure. Eventually these fatty plaques can occlude the flow of blood through the arteries causing heart attack and or stroke. Pectin helps to prevent the fatty plaque build up.
•Anti-oxidant
Being a rich source of Vitamin A or Beta-carotene, apple cider vinegar helps to destroy free radicals in the blood stream. Free radicals cause the oxidization of tissues which leads to inflammation. Inflammation is a pretense to many serious disease processes. Anti-oxidants also slow down the ageing process. People, who consume apple cider vinegar daily, report healthy glowing complexions.
•Colds, Influenza, Sinusitis and Runny Nose Treatment and Prevention
Being a rich source of potassium and vitamin C, apple cider vinegar helps to prevent and treat infections. It has natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. People with severe sinusitis or a constant runny nose have found relief from including apple cider vinegar in their diets daily.
•Weight Loss
Apple cider vinegar helps to breakdown fat that is stored in the body. A study was performed involving obese people who each took a daily dose of apple cider vinegar. After a 12 week trial, all of the participants lost body fat from around the abdomen and other areas of the body. On average each lost about 5 pounds and significantly lowered their triglyceride levels in the blood stream. (Bad cholesterol). Apple cider vinegar prevents insulin spikes in the blood stream after consuming a meal. Insulin spikes cause the body to retain fat. When apple cider vinegar is consumed before eating a meal, it helps the body to absorb less carbohydrates and fats. Absorption rates of carbohydrates and fats slow allowing them to be eliminated from the body. Apple cider vinegar is also being studied for its use in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
•Acid Reflux and Heartburn
Many people find permanent relief from acid reflux and heartburn by consuming a small amount of apple cider vinegar a day.
•Arthritis, Gout and Joint Pain Relief
Malic acid, a component of apple cider vinegar dissolves uric acid deposits in joints. The uric acid is then eliminated from the body. Uric acid deposits are common in arthritis, gout and other conditions related to joint pain. Apple cider vinegar effectively provides relief.
•Dandruff Treatment
Apple cider vinegar has been used as a treatment for dandruff. Dilute 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water. Add to a spray bottle and spray the hair and scalp. Cover the head with a towel and leave insitu for one hour before rinsing out. Be careful not to get any of the solution in your eyes or ears. Apple cider vinegar naturally destroys the bacteria responsible for dandruff.
•Osteoporosis Prevention, Health Bones and Teeth
Being a rich source of calcium and potassium, apple cider vinegar helps to ensure strong healthy bones and teeth. Apple cider vinegar when consumed should always be diluted in water or rinse the mouth with water after consuming it. The acid in the vinegar can cause the enamel on teeth to erode and or cause yellowing of the teeth.
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a replacement for oils in salad dressings to add a tang. Many people find that diluting 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of honey in a glass of water to be a good morning tonic to start the day. You can consume 3 teaspoons before each meal to benefit also but many people find that undiluted apple cider vinegar burns the throat and esophagus on the way down. When using unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, be sure to shake the bottle well before use, to incorporate the sediment at the bottom. Remember unpasteurized apple cider vinegar has no nutritional or health benefits.
Sources
The Vinegar Institute Apple Cider Vinegar- An approach to treating type 2 Diabetes Retrieved June 27,2012
Natural News Celeste M. Smucker, MPH, PhD Three ways apple cider vinegar benefits weight loss Retrieved June 27,2012
Livestrong.com Norma Chew Health benefits of Braggs Apple cider vinegar Retrieved June 27,2012
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