6 Reported Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar…
Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries for its amazing health-giving properties. Hippocrates (c460-370 BC, also known as ‘the father of medicine’) wrote about the virtues of apple cider vinegar and its ability to heal. There are many claims published on the internet in relation to the health benefits of apple cider vinegar (ACV). However some of them are unfounded and can be misleading.
There is evidence to support a number of these theories and many people believe that apple cider vinegar can be extremely beneficial, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
1. Aid Weight Loss
Many people believe that apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight, and there appears to be some evidence to support this. It’s thought that ACV can help you lose weight in two ways;
- Helps to suppress your appetite by making you feel fuller for longer
- Helps to suppress body fat accumulation
Try taking a capful (10ml) of Natural Umber in 200-300ml water before meals each day, or add to (uncooked or low-cooked) salad dressings and sauces.
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2. Relieve symptoms of Acid Reflux
Acid reflux is caused by stomach acid, (used for breaking down your food), leaking from the stomach and travelling up toward the oesophagus. Acid reflux can be enormously uncomfortable. Many of those who suffer from it can find that certain foods trigger the condition more than others. Others find that it happens with whatever they eat.
The NHS website lists a range of causes of heartburn of acid reflux from eating certain ‘trigger’ foods, to being overweight, smoking, pregnancy or stress.
Chris Kresser, Nutritionist, says heartburn and Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) can increase with age, as stomach acid levels generally decline. He added ‘any amount of acid in the oesophagus is going to cause problems’ because of its delicate lining.
Apple cider vinegar is of course, an acid. But it’s thought that the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar relieves symptoms of acid reflux by introducing more acid into the digestive tract and preventing acid backflow. The theory is that the acetic acid helps to balance acid production in the stomach and helps to buffer the acidity levels, because acetic acid is weaker than hydrochloric acid (stomach acid).
Although it might seem contradictory, try adding a capful (10ml) of apple cider vinegar to 200-300ml of water before meals, 1-3 times per day. This could help to regulate stomach acid and prevent acid reflux, bloating and indigestion.
3. Ease symptoms of arthritis
Some people say that apple cider vinegar can lessen the pain and swelling of the joints that characterizes different types of arthritis. Arthritis can take many different forms; osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout are some of the most common.
Being a good diuretic and laxative, apple cider vinegar helps eliminate toxins from the body. It is also rich in antioxidant substances that help counteract free radical damage that triggers immune reactions.
Apple cider vinegar contains minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and phosphorus and some vitamins. The mineral content in the vinegar itself is low, but it can promote the absorption of minerals from food.
Apple cider vinegar containing ‘mother’ is an good prebiotic, that helps the intestinal flora. Microbes residing in the intestines are thought to play a serious role in immune modulation.
For Gout, the acetic acid content of the vinegar is thought to alkalize the body and help to neutralize the uric acid, preventing the formation of needle-like crystals.
Try adding a capful (10ml) of Natural Umber to 200-300ml of plain water 1-3 times per day. You might see a difference in a few weeks.
4. Lower Cholesterol
Linked to high blood pressure is high levels of cholesterol. Cholesterol or ‘lipid’, is a fatty substance which is vital for the normal functioning of the body. Having excessively high levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL) lipids in your blood can cause your arteries to narrow and harden, and increases your risk of high blood pressure, and serious health conditions like heart attack and stroke.
The best way to reduce your cholesterol is to maintain a healthy and balanced diet, low in saturated fats, sugars and salt, high in vegetables and lean protein. Other lifestyle changes like exercise and giving up smoking also greatly reduces cholesterol.
There’s also some evidence to suggest that adding apple cider vinegar to your healthy diet can help to reduce cholesterol levels.
In 2016, a BBC documentary ‘Trust me I’m a Doctor’, explored the reported benefits of apple cider vinegar. Thirty volunteers were separated into three groups of ten. Two of the groups were asked to take some vinegar on a regular basis, ten had malt vinegar, ten had apple cider vinegar. The third group of ten had neither.
The placebo group who took no vinegar and the malt vinegar group saw no changes. However the participants taking apple cider vinegar ‘saw an average 13% reduction in total cholesterol, with a strikingly large reduction in triglycerides (a form of fat)’.
Dr James Brown from Aston University who conducted the study, said “Bringing cholesterol levels down like this can significantly reduce your chances of having a heart attack in the future. So we were really excited to see that finding.”
The best way to take apple cider vinegar for your cholesterol is to take it as part of a healthy and balanced diet. Try taking a capful (10ml) of Natural Umber in 200-300ml plain water before meals each day, or add (uncooked or low-cooked) to salad dressings and sauces.
If you have high cholesterol levels, it’s always best to continue prescribed medication and speak to your doctor, before embarking on any new treatment.
5. Reduce Blood Pressure
If your blood pressure is too high, it can put an extra strain on your arteries and heart, leading to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. But there are steps you can take to reduce your blood pressure, and lower that risk.
As well as adopting a healthier diet and lifestyle, some studies have found that apple cider vinegar can lower blood pressure, when taken every day. Acetic acid (the main component of apple cider vinegar) can cause a significant reduction in hypertension by lowering the renin activity (an enzyme which helps to regulate blood pressure).
Try taking a capful (10ml) of Natural Umber in 200-300ml of water, a few times per day, before meals. Or simply add to (uncooked or low-cooked) salad dressings and sauces, and see if it works for you.
If you have high blood pressure, it’s always best to continue your prescribed medication and speak to your doctor before embarking on any new treatment.
6. Ease Sore Throats
Many people swear by apple cider vinegar for soothing a sore throat and for keeping colds at bay. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar can balance the PH of the tissues in the body and inhibits the spread of bacteria.
Apple cider vinegar also contains a prebiotic called inulin that can boost your immunity. And can also be used as an expectorant, loosening the phlegm that is generated during a cold.
For a punchier mix, stir a couple of capfuls (20ml) of Natural Umber in about 300ml of warm (not boiling) water and sip.
Vinegar is acidic and can be harsh on the throat if taken neat. It’s always best to dilute. You don’t need to add honey or lemon to Natural Umber as its sweet enough on its own (but of course you can add it if you like!)