6 Reported Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar…
Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries for its amazing health-giving properties. Even the 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 is evidence to support a number of theories in relation to the health benefits of apple cider vinegar; many people believe that apple cider vinegar can be extremely beneficial as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle.
1. Aid Weight Loss
Many praise apple cider vinegar for its ability to aid weight loss. It’s thought that ACV can help you lose weight in a few ways:
- Helps to suppress your appetite by making you feel fuller for longer
- Helps to suppress body fat accumulation
- Helps to prevent bloating and improve overall digestion
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 food), leaking from the stomach and travelling up toward the oesophagus, and can be extremely uncomfortable.
Apple cider vinegar is said to relieve acid reflux by introducing more acid into the digestive tract and preventing acid backflow.
The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar is said to balance acid production in the stomach, helping to buffer acidity levels, as acetic acid is weaker than stomach acid.
The NHS website lists a range of causes 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 adds “any amount of acid in the oesophagus is going to cause problems” because of its delicate lining.
Try adding a capful (10ml) of Natural Umber 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
Apple cider vinegar is said to lessen the pain and swelling of the joints that is associated with different types of arthritis.
Apple cider vinegar can help to eliminate toxins from the body as a good diuretic and laxative. It is also rich in antioxidants that help to counteract free radical damage that trigger immune reactions such as arthritis.
The key ingredient, ‘mother’, found in apple cider vinegar is a great prebiotic that promotes healthy intestinal flora which play an important role in the immune system. It also contains minerals: calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and phosphorus and vitamins. Although the mineral content in the vinegar itself is low, it can promote the absorption of minerals from food.
For Gout, apple cider vinegar is thought to balance acid levels in the body through the introduction of acetic acid, neutralising uric acid to prevent the formation of needle-like crystals that characterise gout.
Try adding a capful (10ml) of Natural Umber to 200-300ml of water 1-3 times per day for a few weeks to see if you can feel the benefits.
4. Lower Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a fatty substance which is vital for the normal functioning of the body. High levels of this in your blood can increase 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 reduce cholesterol.
There is however evidence to suggest that adding apple cider vinegar to your diet can help to reduce cholesterol levels.
It is thought to do so by eliminating toxins in the body and enabling the body to metabolise fat faster, preventing accumulation.
In 2016, BBC documentary ‘Trust me I’m a Doctor’ explored the reported benefits of apple cider vinegar. 30 volunteers were separated into three groups of ten: one group taking apple cider vinegar, another taking malt vinegar, and the third taking no vinegar on a regular basis. 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)’; whereas the other two groups saw no changes.
Dr James Brown, from Aston University, 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.”
Try taking a capful (10ml) of Natural Umber in 200-300ml water before meals each day. Or add to salad dressings and sauces (uncooked or low-cooked) as part of a healthy and balanced diet.
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
High blood pressure can put a strain on your arteries and heart, leading to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. There are steps that 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 daily.
Acetic acid can cause a significant reduction in hypertension by regulating renin activity (an enzyme which helps to regulate blood pressure).
Try taking a capful (10ml) of Natural Umber in 200-300ml of water before meals each day. Or add to salad dressings and sauces (uncooked or low-cooked), and see if it works for you.
If you have high blood pressure, it’s always best to continue 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 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 to loosen phlegm that is generated during a cold.
Try adding a couple of capfuls (20ml) of Natural Umber in 200-300ml of warm (not boiling) water and sip. Always be sure to dilute the vinegar when taking for a sore throat.