Somebody once said to me that most of the remedies for people’s ailments can be found naturally growing on earth. Apple Cider Vinegar(ACV) is no exception. While you will not find it readily available in nature, they do come from apples. While the many benefits of apple cider vinegar have only recently been introduced to me, this is a product that has been around for quite some time now. I have used it before for a specific ailment, but have not really learned much about it’s other benefits until now.
ACV is a product that has been received a lot of good press and it should. There are many potential health benefits from using it and it is relatively inexpensive. While it may not be a miracle cure, there are some studies out there that show that it can be useful when consumed.
When purchasing, look for products that contain “the mother.” This appears to be the murky substance at the bottom of the bottle. The “mother” is a collection of bacteria that was used to make the vinegar from apple cider. This bacteria, though, is what is thought to give ACV it’s beneficial properties.
Here is a list of the potential benefits:
- lowering blood sugar – good for people with diabetes type 2
- aiding in weight loss
- possible protection from cancer
- helps with gout
- improving heart health
- good anti-bacterial (for cleaning purposes)
- may boost energy levels
- works as a probiotic
- helpful against acne and warts
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HOW TO TAKE
The amount you want to take will depend on your tolerance. Some studies show that consuming up to 30ml twice a day gives you the most benefit. Start with 5ml(1 teaspoonful) up to 3 times a day. If tolerable increase to 10ml three times a day or 15ml twice a day. Do not ever drink straight. Be sure to dilute in at least 8 ounces of water before consuming. Rinse your mouth after and do not brush teeth for at least 30 minutes.
As mentioned previously, caution must be taken when consuming ACV. The acidic nature of ACV can ruin tooth enamel if taken straight. It can also lead to upset stomach and a burned esophagus. Consider drinking with a straw to minimize tooth exposure. Be sure to dilute in water as well.
ACV is said to delay gastric emptying which can be a problem with patients with diabetes mellitus type 1. The result can be poor glycemic control. Check with your doctor before taking ACV.
WHERE TO BUY
Apple Cider Vinegar can be found in most supermarket stores and online. I am a fan of the Bragg ACV.
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If you have trouble drinking the ACV, try these capsules. They offer the same benefits just less risk of tooth decay and esophagus burning.
While the benefits listed above are not entirely backed by science, there are many stories of its wonderful effects reported by many people. Again ACV is no miracle cure. I know first-hand that it works for wart treatment. I have recommended this treatment to many people in the past and will continue to do so. These are just experiences that I have had and am not claiming that it will work for everyone. If you have any other questions, be sure to ask your doctor of the manufactuerer of the product you purchase.