How Apple Cider Vinegar can Improve Your Health
Apple Cider Vinegar contains acetic acid, magnesium, potassium, enzymes and probiotics. Research suggests taken daily it can lower blood pressure, improve diabetes, support weight loss and help acid reflux.
As part of a balanced, nutritious diet, Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is being praised for its health benefits when taken daily. It is suggested to mix 1-2 teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water and drink. Do not drink it neat and always seek medical advice first if taking any medication. If the taste is not to your liking, you can add a dash of raw honey. Easy to buy online, the best version is raw organic ACV with ‘The Mother’ still in it. ‘The Mother’ is the cloudy sediment that contains all the useful enzymes and probiotics.
‘Top Ten’ reasons for drinking Apple Cider Vinegar daily.
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY PH BODY LEVEL AND INCREASE ENERGY
Acid forming foods such as sugar, alcohol and processed foods can create an acidic pH level in the body. A healthy body should have a slightly alkaline pH balance. This has been associated with fatigue or lack of energy and a higher incidence of infection. ACV actually becomes alkaline when it is ingested so helps to restore the important acid-alkaline balance for the body and can lead to you having more energy and finding it easier to fight off infections.
REDUCING BLOOD PRESSURE
The acetic acid in ACV lowers renin activity – the enzyme for controlling blood pressure. By reducing the renin activity, the blood pressure can lower.
REDUCES ‘BAD’ CHOLESTEROL
Research by The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) showed ACV to reduce levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood. Excessive levels can lead to thickening of the arteries[i].
Acetic acid can kill ‘bad’ bacteria and promote good bacteria providing health benefits for the skin and digestive system.
BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
ACV can help to regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity and insulin responses[ii].
ACV has been found to detoxify the body especially the liver and can help to stimulate circulation[iii], break up mucus and improve lymphatic drainage.
HELPS ACID REFLUX
Main causes of heartburn or acid reflux are a lack of enzymes or probiotics or pH imbalances in the stomach. ACV can correct the pH balance, and it contains probiotics.
SUPPORTS WEIGHT LOSS
ACV can provide a feeling of satiety and reduce sugar cravings and calorie intake[iv]. In studies, the groups having acetic acid in their diet lost more visceral fat and waist circumference than the groups not having acetic acid in their diet. ACV contains acetic acid.
ACV assists in the nutrient absorption of calcium and therefore may help towards preventing osteoporosis[iii].
ACV is an antioxidant so can help neutralise free radicals, an excess of which causes damage to cells and contributes to the ageing process.
PLEASE NOTE: Do not drink ACV neat and always seek medical advice first if taking any medication.