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Apple Cider Vinegar – Wonder Medicine?

Apple cider vinegar is rich in minerals, vitamins and other healthy substances. It contains vitamins C, E, A, P, B1, B2 and B6, among others. Its beneficial minerals include magnesium, iron, calcium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, phosphorus and silicon and more. The vinegar is also rich in potassium, a mineral that is often lacking in the diet of adults. Potassium is the key to growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity, etc. It also helps prevent brittle teeth, hair loss and runny noses. Apple cider vinegar can help regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol. It is rich in apple acid that gives it its anti-virus, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It can also help improve intestinal irregularities and to remove toxins from the body at a faster rate. The vinegar can also help cleanse the skin from skin diseases and blisters. If that’s not enough, research has found that apple cider vinegar may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth! And not least give more energy! Wonder medicine or what?

Below you will find a list of some of the benefits and uses of Apple cider vinegar

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  • High cholesterol: A study (published in the British Journal of Nutrition) from 2006 proved that rats fed with acetic acid for 19 days had a significant reduction in total cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
  • Blood pressure and heart health: Another study (published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry) in 2001 found that vinegar can lower high blood pressure. A large observational study has also found that people who ate oil and vinegar dressing on salads five to six times a week had a lower incidence of heart disease than people who did not.
  • Cancer: Some laboratory studies have found that the vinegar may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth. But the observational studies of humans have been confusing. Some found that eating vinegar was associated with a reduced risk of esophageal cancer. Another associated it with an increased risk of bladder cancer.
  • Hair: It is widely known that apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse aid to the hair after shampooing to create healthy shape and shine. Feel free to recycle an old shampoo bottle and fill it with 1/2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour this through the hair after shampooing several times a week.
  • Face: Did you know that apple cider vinegar can help regulate the pH value of your skin? Dilute apple cider vinegar with two parts of water, and spread it over your face with a cotton ball like a toner. You can do this in the evening after washing, and in the morning before applying moisturizer. You can also apply organic apple cider vinegar directly to pigment stains and let them act all night to lighten their color.
  • Acne: A portion of vinegar is mixed out in 2-3 parts of water and applied directly to the pimple. (If you have very dry skin, use 3 parts of water.) Avoid pure vinegar on the skin as it may cause acid damage! Tove Eggen from Chamomile/Click tests apple cider vinegar on pimples and hair here.
  • Hands and Feet: Are your hands and feet tired and swollen after a long day? Treat yourself to a personal spa massage by rubbing apple cider vinegar on them.
  • Sunburn: Do you suffer from bad sunburn? Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to the bath with water and soak for 10 minutes.
  • After-shave water: Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and shake to mix.
  • Asthma: Take the vinegar (1 teaspoon) in a glass of water and drink. It can help with asthma. It can also help with cotton pads soaked in the mixture that you put on the inside of your wrists.
  • Heartburn: Apple cider vinegar helps balance the acid levels that help cause heartburn.
  • Allergies: Ingestion of the vinegar can help and relieve various allergies.
  • Warts: Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and place it on the wart with medical tape over it. It can help to get rid of them quickly and naturally.
  • Colds: When you feel a cold coming creeping, you can take apple cider vinegar to balance the acid levels in the body to help the body’s immune system.
  • Constipation: The pectin in apple cider vinegar contains fiber that helps to initiate the system.
  • Fungal infection: The vinegar can also be used to avoid fungal infections. Some women shower with it, while others add the vinegar to the bath water.
  • Dandruff (are large white fat flakes, and should not be confused with dry scalp which is tiny dry grains):half the amount of apple cider vinegar and half the amount of water are mixed and sprayed into the scalp (avoid eyes and ears). Wrap a towel around your head and let it seem 15-60 min. Wash out so well. Can be repeated 1-2 times a week. The vinegar repairs the PH balance of the scalp and prevents overgrowth of the yeast-like fungus that causes dandruff.
  • Detox/purification: Add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a large glass of water 1-3 times a day. The vinegar has the greatest effect if you drink the whole glass at once. Avoid siphoning it all day for the rinse of the teeth! And feel free to blame your mouth with water after each ingested glass of vinegar (to avoid acid damage to the throat / throat and on teeth). If you have many health problems, it indicates a strongly acidic body. Then start with small doses such as 1 tsp – 1 tbsp once a day and increase gradually. You may experience severe purge symptoms at first, but not everyone does. I experienced a sore throat, runny nose, headache and lethargy for the first 2 weeks. Then it is important to continue until it passes, but rather reduce the dose if it becomes too troublesome. If the symptoms get very bad take a bath with 1 small cup of baking soda and 1 cup of epsom salt. (Or try Floating – a tank with up to 500 kg of Epsom salt.) It helps the body get rid of the toxins that the vinegar has loosened up and that create purification symptoms.

Weight loss

Apple cider vinegar can help with weight loss by breaking down fat so your body can use it instead of storing it. Another of the most positive properties of apple cider vinegar is that it lowers the GI level. This means that apple cider vinegar reduces blood sugar levels and reduces sugar cravings. As blood sugar rises decrease, it also leads to lower insulin production, resulting in less fat being stored in the body. Apple cider vinegar has a low ph value. This makes the enzymes that degrade the starch in the food work more slowly, which makes us feel saturated longer after meals. Add 1-2 tablespoons in a large glass of water before meal 3 times a day. Rinse mouth afterwards due to the strong acid. Drinking apple cider vinegar (mixed with water) in the morning on fasting hearts has been a advice for better combustion for a long time. Yes, for thousands of years vinegar has actually been used for weight loss. A 2005 study of 12 people found that those who ate a piece of bread along with small amounts of vinegar felt saturated and happier than those who ate only bread. There is limited scientific support for the claim that apple cider vinegar can promote weight loss. But a study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry in 2009 showed that obese people who added acetic acid daily for 12 weeks experienced significant decreases in body weight, belly fat, waist circumferent, and triglycerides. In tests on mice, another study from 2009 (published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry) found that acetic acid can help prevent the build-up of body fat and some types of liver fat.

Diabetes

The effect of apple cider vinegar on blood sugar levels is perhaps the best researched and most promising of its health benefits. Several studies have found that the vinegar can help lower blood sugar levels after a meal, leading to lower insulin production. A study in 2007 (published in Diabetes Care) of 11 people with type 2 diabetes found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered blood sugar in the morning by 4%-6%. Another study done earlier with animals that had diabetes (published in the Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences) showed that the apple cider vinegar helped lower the level of dangerous cholesterol (triglycerides, a type of harmful blood fat) and improved the good (HDL).

Pain: Anecdotal evidence and clinical reports suggest that apple cider vinegar relieves joint pain, acid in the stomach, headaches, gout, muscle cramps and arthritis. Apple cider vinegar is known to be especially useful in the relief of acute gout and fibromyalgia attacks. Partly because it is rich in amino acids that dampen excessive pain signals from the brain. Read more about apple cider vinegar for pain here.

Gastrointestinal: According to the Royal Society of Medicine in England, as much as 90% of all chronic diseases have their cause in problems with the digestive system. Irritable or leaky bowel has appeared to be the first part of a chain of causes that can lead to countless diseases and syndromes. Apple cider vinegar stimulates enzyme activation and thus gives effect at the very beginning of the gastrointestinal tract. It can also help create an unlivable environment for the painful candida fungus that helps destroy the gut.

Correct PH value in the body: Apple cider vinegar has a low ph value which means that it becomes basic or alkaline in the body. Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain the right pH value that can lead to a healthy and fresher body. (It is especially important if you are a lot sick, drink a lot of coffee or wine and eat meat.) Our blood is weakly alkaline (with a normal pH level of between 7.35 and 7.45), and our diet should reflect this pH level. The body is constantly working on turning acid-forming food into alkaline in the body. By eating the most basic food, the body gets the opportunity to work on other problems instead. A diet high in acid-producing foods can lead to a lack of energy, excessive mucus production, infections, anxiety, irritability, headache, sore throat, allergic reactions and increased risk or worsening of conditions such as gout, fibromyalgia and arthritis. Despite the fact that apple cider vinegar is acidic, it has an alkalizing effect on the body. When the body burns the vinegar, it creates something called “alkaline ash”. That is, when the body has burned away the vinegar, the ash left behind is alkaline. It is such “ash” that determines whether a type of food will become basic or acid in the body. So it’s not based on the taste of the food. (Lemon is another example of an acidic food that becomes basic in the body.) Unfortunately, the effectiveness of the vinegar has not been investigated enough in terms of how basic it can help the body become, but I myself have experienced its strongly purifying effect during several periods of use. So I can highly recommend it. Apple cider vinegar has now become a regular addition to my daily lifestyle.



Mode of use IMPORTANT!

Use only raw, organic apple cider vinegar purchased on health foods! (Costs around 40 kr for a large bottle here in Norway.) It is bright yellow-brown and often unfiltered and unpazed with dark “pulp” lying in the bottom of the bottle. The best are the ones that say “Mother” on the bottle. Mother consists of enzymes of connected protein molecules with living nutrients and good bacteria. It’s a bit like “Mother” being in Kombucha tea. Clear vinegar in ordinary grocery stores is processed, lacking many of the benefits that raw apple cider vinegar has.

Apple cider vinegar in tablet form is not recommended, as its content and quality vary greatly. A 2005 study found that the list of ingredients on multiple packages did not match the content. There is also a risk that capsules with pure vinegar disintegrate in the throat and then cause serious acid damage there.

Possible side effects:

Apple cider vinegar should always be mixed with water. Pure vinegar can damage parts of the digestive tract. Do not tip vinegar with water distributed throughout the day either, as it can damage tooth moths.

One report found a link between excessive apple cider vinegar intake and low levels of potassium and bone density in the body. Those with Osteoporosis, low potassium levels or those taking medications that lower potassium levels must show caution and consult a doctor before use.

As the vinegar can affect blood sugar and insulin levels, and can lower blood pressure; take care if you are on medications that work with these same points.

Those who are allergic to apples should also avoid the vinegar.

If you have many health problems, it indicates a strongly acidic body. Then start with small doses such as 1 tsp – 1 tbsp once a day and increase gradually. You may experience severe purge symptoms at the beginning. (I myself experienced a sore throat, runny nose, headache and lethargy for the first 2 weeks.) There are toxins the vinegar detaches from the body that irritate the organs and respiratory tract when the body tries to knock it out. If the symptoms get too bad take a bath with 1 small cup of baking soda and 1 cup of epsom salt. (Or try Floating – a tank with up to 500 kg of Epsom salt.) Epsom salt helps pull the toxins out of the body. It has been used for years to extract inflammation from hooves on horseback.

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