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Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Posted Jun 04 2012 5:00am

For centuries people have used vinegar for it’s health benefits. Vinegar is a diverse fluid which can be both used around the house and ingested to help boost your health. Although there are several different types of vinegar available, including plain ol’ white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar, and balsamic vinegar (all with various benefits), in this article we will focus on ways apple cider vinegar can improve your health.

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Apple cider vinegar is considered the King of Vinegars. Apple cider vinegar (or ACV) is rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids, which has many health benefits for the human body. ACV is created by crushing organic apples and putting them in wooden barrels to age. ACV contains nutrients such as beta-carotene, magnesium , potassium, riboflavin, calcium, thiamine, and vitamins B6, C & E.

Apple cider vinegar has many properties benefiting the human body when consumed on a daily basis:

  • Ÿ  Breaks down mucus and phlegm
  • Ÿ  Improves kidney, liver and bladder functions
  • Ÿ  Fights infection (internally or externally)
  • Ÿ  Fights inflammation (internally or externally)
  • Ÿ  Helps with digestion, including digestive problems such as constipation
  • Ÿ  Thins blood, preventing blood clots as well as high blood pressure
  • Ÿ  Manages glucose levels
  • Ÿ  Is potassium rich (potassium is needed for your heart and other muscles to properly function)
  • Ÿ  Helps alleviate arthritis
  • Ÿ  Helps develop bone mass
  • Ÿ  Prevents and can cure athletes foot

There are an assortment of illnesses and conditions which ACV can help treat. These ACV   home remedies  reportedly offer much success for decreasing symptoms and discomfort.

  • ŸDiabetes- ACV has the ability to promote normal blood sugar levels, alleviating symptoms for those suffering from Type II Diabetes.
  • ŸDetox- A full body detox can be achieved by ingesting ACV, which flushes out toxic wastes which have built up in your body over time. Adding 1 tsp ACV to 6 ounces of salt free vegetable juice and drink daily between meals for a full body detox.
  • ŸDigestion- ACV helps regulate the body’s digestive tract, helping with weight loss, constipation and diarrhea.
  • ŸMigraine Headaches- ACV helps alleviate migraine headaches, as well as other types of headaches (such as tension headaches and cluster headaches.) Apple cider vinegar can either be ingested (mixed with water and honey) or boiled with water and the vapors inhaled for migraine headache relief.

 

 

 

These are just a few examples of how apple cider vinegar can benefit your health. The next time your arthritis flares up or you find yourself suffering from a migraine headache, reach into the kitchen cupboard for the benefits of apple cider vinegar. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

{apple photo via  Kightp  on Flickr}

Have you ever used apple cider vinegar to help alleviate health problems? Share your story or tips in the comments.


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