6 June 2017
ACV has been used for thousands of years and some historical records even show that apple juice has been fermented into vinegar since before 5000 BC. Through centuries this tonic has been used to stimulate circulation, aid in detoxification, to purify blood, cleanse lymph nodes, and improve immune system response. Hippocrates is even recorded to have prescribed it mixed with honey for coughs and colds.
Apple cider vinegar is made using active yeast which is combined with the naturally occurring sugar from crushed apples. The yeast consumes sugar and uses this to grow healthy bacteria, which is how fermentation takes place. The best apple cider vinegar for therapeutic and health wellness should be made from certified organic apples. Pasteurization is not required, and is not recommended for people using it for health benefits, as this can denature all of the nutrients and enzymes present. The acidity of the vinegar is enough to prevent unhealthy bacteria (including E. Coli) from developing. After the fermentation process is completed, the result is the formation of acetic acid, the main beneficial compound found in apple cider vinegar.
The murky brown appearance of Raw & unfiltered ACV, as well as the strands of yeast that may be present, are indicators that the cider vinegar is of good-quality. These strands are bits of live yeast and contain bacteria that once consumed, provide various healing benefits.
Vinegar is well known to have anti-fungal abilities and to kill harmful bacteria and pathogens, so traditionally people have used it to clean their homes, bodies, and to fight off fungal growth. Today, many people still use ACV — and other types of vinegar — for a wide range of cleansing uses.
What is “the Mother”?
It is important to note that not all apple cider vinegar is created equally! To get the most out of using ACV, make sure you buy it raw and with the “mother” intact, which means it still contains the beneficial compounds including probiotics. Don’t be nervous of the “cloudy” appearance of the vinegar as this is the sign that the friendly enzymes and bacteria that promote healing have not been removed. These cloudy strands are referred to as the “mother”.
New medical research also suggests that apple cider vinegar ingestion can help acid reflux, lower blood pressure, improve diabetes and support weight loss. We now know that the benefits of apple cider vinegar come from its powerful healing compounds, which include acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes.
Acetic acid has been shown to eliminate bad bacteria while encouraging growth of good bacteria simultaneously. It is also a good source of polyphenols which have also been shown to have some potent benefits in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and diabetes
Here are a few of the top reasons ACV is used by many:
DETOXIFICATION: Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a liver and lymphatic tonic which can help detox your body. It helps balance your body’s pH and stimulates cardiovascular stimulation, bowel motility and lymphatic drainage.
IMPROVE CONDITION & SHINE ON HAIR: ACV can be used as a natural hair conditioner and gives hair a fantastic sheen. Take an old shampoo bottle and fill it with 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water. Pour this on your hair after shampooing three times per week for best results – rinse well to avoid the scent of vinegar.
TREAT ACID REFLUX & HEARTBURN: Some of the main causes of acid reflux and heartburn are an imbalanced stomach pH and lack of enzymes and probiotics. Apple cider vinegar is full of these nutrients. Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a large glass of water and drink it five minutes before meals to relieve acid reflux.
TREAT CANDIDA & BOOST PROBIOTICS: Millions of people around the world struggle with candida and yeast. The side effects can be bad breath, lack of energy, UTI’s and digestive issues. ACV contains probiotics and a type of acid that promotes the growth of probiotics which help kill off candida. Remove sugar from your diet and consume 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar three times daily as part of a candida cleanse.
BALANCE BLOOD SUGAR & DIABETES PREVENTION: Medical research has proven that the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar can balance blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity and insulin responses. You can receive these benefits through apple cider vinegar ingestion. Try organic, raw apple cider vinegar on salads or consume 1 tablespoon in 250ml water before meals.
REGULATES YOUR BODY’S PH: Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which strangely enough has a more alkaline effect on your body. Balancing your bodies pH can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses like cancer and can dramatically increase your energy.
CAN SUPPORT WEIGHT LOSS & METABOLISM: There are several reasons as to why it is believed that ACV can promote fat loss, but one of those reasons includes that ACV reduces sugar cravings and improves detoxification. A 2005 study from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that vinegar consumption with a high-carb meal resulted in participants eating/drinking 200 to 275 fewer calories throughout the rest of the day.
HEAL SUNBURN: Can be used as a soothing tonic for sunburn. Put 1 cup of apple cider vinegar in a
FLEA MEDICATION: Mix a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar together and soak your pet in a tub. Do this one time a day for several weeks to rid your pet of a flea infestation.
HELP WITH BLOOD PRESSURE REDUCTION: In a 2009 12-week study, it was found that consuming apple cider vinegar lowered triglycerides and blood pressure significantly.
We hope you found this article informative and helpful and we would love to hear about your experiences with Apple Cider Vinegar!