benefits of apple cider vinegar

The Health Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

Many people have used an apple cider vinegar at some point or another for cooking, but probably never gave it another thought, I mean who enjoys drinking vinegar anyway!  Well the fact is, now, that many people do.  It’s certainly a taste that requires some adjustment and maybe a bit of bearing with it.  The fact is I’m not actually trying to expand your taste or add to your culinary repertoire.  The health benefits of apple cider vinegar place it on tier with many of the most hallowed super foods available today, and there are many ways to make this powerful tasting elixir a lot more palatable, so it’s far and beyond worth the effort.

The Health Benefits

So what are all these miraculous health benefits anyway?  To start with, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is rich in nutrients, such as potassium, which is an essential mineral that most of us don’t get nearly enough of as it is.  Potassium is essential for growth, building muscle, the proper transmission of impulses in our nerve cells, is needed for heart activity, and helps prevent such things as runny noses, brittle teeth and bones, and hair loss.  Needless to say the potassium alone makes ACV well worth the taste.

ACV also is rich in ash, which makes ACV alkaline, in turn helping keep the body in a more basic pH environment.  Having an alkaline as opposed to an acidic environment has been shown to have a drastic effect on our health, such as stopping the body from shedding valuable bone minerals to fight the acidity levels, and even preventing cancer (cancer cannot grow in an alkaline environment)!!   Some studies have shown that ACV may even be able to kill cancer cells directly, or slow their growth.  If your drink soda, wine, coffee regularly or eat lots of meat, dairy, grains and refined carbs, then this is doubly important.

Acetic acid is found in high concentrations in ACV, which is an acid that slows the digestion of starches, helping lower the rapid and disproportionate rise in glucose that commonly happens after meals, especially refined carbohydrate rich meals.  Diabetics and those with metabolic syndromes should find this particularly helpful. ACV is also rich in malic acid, which makes the liquid anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial, so can help lower the chance of infections.

Apple cider vinegar also hosts a number of other benefits, such as helping regulate blood pressure, reduce your LDL (bad) cholesterol, it improves bowel regularity, helps the body get rid of toxins faster, it can help clear up blemishes and other skin conditions, and even help weight loss by breaking down fats for direct use instead of storage.  There are definitely additional health benefits, but I think you’re getting the idea!

How To Take it

Hopefully this has motivated you to start adding it to your daily diet and food regimen, so how should we go about doing that?  It is often suggested to go for 2 tablespoons a day, and most people take it in the morning.  I also like to switch it out for any place I might use vinegar, like salad dressings, though to make sure I get my daily dose I just go for either shooting it (unpleasant, but I must say it gets it over with quickly, and I can do it with my pure cranberry juice and any other concentrates!), or mixing it with a glass of water, with a dash of honey or stevia and some lemon.  Many people go for mixing it with juice, which will definitely help the harsh flavor, but I personally then find myself not enjoying the juice!

What To Take?

So lastly, the specific ACV you use is quite important.  ONLY buy and drink unfiltered ACV, and only buy and drink raw.  If it has been filtered or pasteurized, all of the healthy elements will be gone.  Stick to organic as well, and ensure that the ‘mother’ is still present in the bottle.  The mother is the knotted strand-like clump that is made of protein molecules and living nutrients as well as bacterium, which confers a lot of the health benefits of ACV.  This ‘mother’ is very similar to what you might find in a drink like kombucha.  If your ACV is clear, it isn’t going to do the good for you that we’ve talked about here.  These elements are much more important than the brand you choose, though Bragg’s is a very popular and high quality brand if you have it near you.  Other than that, get to it and enjoy your new vitality!

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