An apple a day, keeps illness at bay, and so does a daily dose of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is made through the process of fermenting apple juice which then turns into hard apple cider. It is then fermented once more, creating apple cider vinegar.[col-md-6][col-md-6]
Although commonly found in the kitchen where it is used for a variety of dishes, apple cider vinegar has a multitude of uses many of which are medicinal in nature. It is rich in vitamin and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, and E including pectin, and bioflavonoids. It also has amazing antifungal, antiviral, and antiseptic properties which can help treat a variety of ailments caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses.
Apple cider vinegar is amber in color and much like other types of vinegar, has a strong, pungent flavor. The sour taste can be attributed to its acetic and malic acid content which aids in the absorption of essential minerals.
After learning about its multitude of health benefits, I began incorporating apple cider vinegar into my daily diet by mixing 1-2 tablespoons into a glass of water and drinking it first thing in the morning. Because the taste can be quite powerful, I recommend sweetening it up a bit by adding a tablespoon of molasses or honey.
Here are the top 10 major reasons to drink apple cider daily. Remember, try and buy organic whenever possible and aim for the raw, unfiltered kind with the mother protein and enzyme strands still intact.
- Lowers Blood Pressure – Taking just a few tablespoons of ACV daily has been shown to lower blood pressure.
- Fights the Common Cold – Due to its antiseptic/antiviral characteristics, ACV can be an excellent immune booster helping the body fight off the common cold.
- Helps with Weight Loss – ACV can help you lose weight by kick-starting your metabolism, suppressing hunger, and reducing water retention. What’s more, the enzymes contained within it can help aid in digestion.
- Treats Sinus Infections – When taken in a glass of warm water and added honey, ACV has been known to clear up a nasty sinus infection.
- Controls Blood Sugar – Simplying mixing one teaspoon of ACV with one glass of water can help steady the stomachs digestion rate allowing the body enough time to process new sugars. This can help stabilize blood sugar levels.
- Treat Acid Reflux – Perhaps one of its most well-known uses, ACV is notorious for helping to relieve acid reflux. Simply adding 2 teaspoons in a glass of water and drinking 3 times per day can help balance out acid levels leading to diminished symptoms.
- Lowers Cholesterol – ACV has been shown to support the liver and help the body increase its bile production. Since these two elements are essential for the creation and break down of cholesterol, consuming just one tablespoon of ACV a day (mixed with water and preferrably before breakfast) can help lower LDL (low-density lipoprotein) or “bad cholesterol”.
- Lowers inflammation – Since ACV contains organisms known as prebotics, they help feed probiotics into the body which helps to regulate a healthy digestive system reducing inflammation in all areas of the body.
- Multiple Sclerosis – Although there are no proven cures for this devastating disease, the acetic acid contained within ACV can help the body absorb more vitamins & minerals from food thus helping the body fight off infections that could trigger flares in MS patients.
Remember these results aren’t typical for everyone and you should always consult your physician before stopping any medication or starting a new regimen.