Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Benefits of ACV

There surely must be something really healthy in using apple cider vinegar, since The Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, used this vinegar around 400 B.C. for its health giving qualities. It is said that he had only two remedies: honey and apple cider vinegar. 

Beneficial ingredients in raw apple cider vinegar give it its power to make us feel better, look better and feel energized. Just look at some of the beneficial ingredients in raw apple cider vinegar: 

Potassium – helps to prevent brittle teeth, hair loss and runny noses. 

Pectin – helps to regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol. Malic Acid – gives ACV the properties of being anti-viral, anti-bacterial & anti-fungal. 

Calcium – helps create strong bones and teeth. 

Ash – gives ACV its alkaline property which aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels for a healthy alkaline state. 

Acetic Acid – It appears that this acid slows the digestion of starch which can help to lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals. 

Apple cider vinegar is made from fresh ripe apples that are fermented and undergo a stringent process to create the final product. The vinegar contains a host of vitamins, beta-carotene, pectin and vital minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, chlorine, sulphur, iron, and fluorine. 

Apples and apple cider vinegar contain pectin, a water soluble fiber which can absorb water, fat, toxins, and cholesterol in the digestive tract and remove them from the body. Pectin also improves glucose metabolism and lowers blood pressure resulting in improved heart health. The insoluble fiber in apples aids digestion and elimination, promotes regularity, and contributes to bowel cleaning. 

The need for calcium supplements once you start growing older is very well known. This vinegar helps extract calcium from the fruits, vegetables and meat it is mixed with, helping in the process of maintaining strong bones. Potassium deficiency causes a variety of ailments including hair loss, weak finger nails, brittle teeth, sinusitis, and a permanently running nose. Apple cider vinegar is loaded with potassium. Studies have shown that potassium deficiency results in stunted growth. All these ailments can be avoided with the intake of apple cider vinegar. The potassium in this vinegar also helps in eliminating toxic waste from the body. 

The beta-carotene helps in countering damage caused by free radicals, helping one maintain firmer skin and a youthful appearance. Apple cider vinegar is good for those wanting to lose weight. It helps in breaking down fat which helps in natural weight reduction. It is claimed that apple cider vinegar is helpful in ailments such as constipation, headaches, arthritis, weak bones, indigestion, high cholesterol, diarrhea, eczema, sore eyes, chronic fatigue, mild food poisoning, hair loss, high blood pressure, obesity, along with a host of many other ailments. No wonder then many know apple cider vinegar as the "Wonder Drug". 

A Few Benefits of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

1 tablespoon of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in 4 ounces of purified water after a meal has been used as a natural remedy for heartburn and as a replacement for toxic heartburn medications. 

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar may help improve bowel irregularity, thereby removing toxins from the body at a faster rate. 

Helps clear up skin conditions and blemishes giving a smoother texture and complexion. 

Raw Apple Cider vinegar may also help with joint pain and stiffness. 

Apple Cider Vinegar helps to break down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them. For this reason, many diets include ACV in their regimen. On a small scale, ACV was studied by researchers at Arizona State University. The preliminary study was published in the Diabetes Care journal. It reported that ACV helps reduce levels of glucose. 

I would recommend taking 1 tablespoonful of ACV in 8 ounces of water 2-3 times a day. Make sure you use a straw when drinking ACV, or brush your teeth immediately afterward. If not, your teeth will start to decay due to the acidity of the ACV. For those of you who cannot fathom the taste, plug your nose and chug it down. You barely notice the taste. You can also mix it in your favorite juice, or add honey for flavor.

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