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What Are The Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple Cider Vinegar has many beneficial properties for good health that although known for centuries have been lost with the onslaught of patentable drugs. Many people are re-discovering this wonderful ACV food and unlocking these benefits to help resolve all manner of ailments including constipation, arthritis, headaches, weak bones, indigestion, high cholesterol, diarrhea, high blood pressure and eczema to name just a few.
The Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar & Other Properties
Apple Cider Vinegar with the 'Mother' intact is loaded with a whole host of vitamins, E, A, B1, B2, B6 and in particular vitamin C. Many trading ships and naval vessels used to carry barrels of apple cider vinegar to prevent scurvy amongst the sailors. Unlike fresh fruit the vinegar would not rot after extended periods at sea.
Of these many beneficial components our Naturally Produced Apple Cider Vinegar contains significant quantities of;
|Beta-Carotene||Helps to counter damage created by free radicals which can combat premature ageing of the skin.|
|Pectin||Fiber in the vinegar that can help to reduce bad cholesterol and regulate blood pressure.|
|Potassium||Deficiency in potassium can lead to many problems including sinusitus, hair loss, weak nails and teeth and stunted growth. Potassium also helps the body to rid itself of toxins.|
|Calcium||The importance of calcium, particularly in the young and elderly, is widely known. However apple cider vinegar can also help to extract calcium from other foods making it better available for the body.|
|Malic Acid||Very effective in fighting fungal and bacterial infection. Malic acid also helps to break down deposits of uric acid deposits that can build up around joints.|
Cider Vinegar also contains plenty of sodium, magnesium, phosphorous, chlorine, sulphur, iron, and fluorine.
On top of all the above, raw, naturally unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar is brimming with enzymes. Our bodies can only produce a finite amount of these enzymes, the rest must be obtained through our diet. Cooked foods contain no enzyme activity whereas raw foods contain some enzyme activity. Fermented products however are the best source of enzymes and natural unpasteurised Apple Cider Vinegar is a plentiful source of enzymes required by the body for daily functions.
The ability of Apple Cider Vinegar to breakdown toxins in the body makes it an effective food to help with natural weight loss, as it breaks down fats. This detoxifying effect promotes better health in the vital organs, especially the liver and kidneys by preventing excessively acidic urine.
Apple Cider Vinegar may also help to control blood sugar levels, which helps to ward off diabetes and its complications, such as nerve damage and blindness. It also might help prevent other serious health problems, such as heart disease that often go hand-in-hand with diabetes.
"A study by researchers at Arizona State University, published in the journal Diabetes Care, examined people with type 2 diabetes. Study participants took either two tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar or water with one ounce of cheese at bedtime for two days. The researchers found taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar at bedtime had a favorable impact on blood glucose levels the next morning".
Prior to the study, the average fasting blood glucose level was 137 mg/dL. It decreased by 2% with the cheese and by 4% with the vinegar, a statistically significant difference. In people with a fasting glucose level above 130 mg/dL prior to the study, the vinegar reduced glucose levels by as much as 6%. The study was very small and the duration was short, so more research is needed.
(Source: Vinegar ingestion at bedtime moderates waking glucose concentrations in adults with well-controlled type 2 diabetes - Diabetes Care (2007)30.11:2814-2815 - White & Johnston).
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