My friend India and I started taking Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) last summer. None of the following in this blog is proven – but I’m a believer. If you’re going to use Apple Cider Vinegar try this raw and unpasteurised one from BRAGG it contains ‘The Mother’. Many apple cider vinegars have been filtered and pasteurised – this removes ‘the mother’ – the title given to the living enzymes, proteins and friendly bacteria that float in the vinegar.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
1) Lowers blood sugar – the antiglycemic effect of the acid in the vinegar is what helps with insulin sensitivity.
2) Weight Loss – Studies have suggested apple cider vinegar helps you to feel more full. A study showed that consuming acetic acid – which is found in apple cider vinegar – upregulates the expression of genes for fatty acid oxidation enzymes in the liver causing a suppression in body fat accumulation. I think it is very hard to expect to add one thing to your diet and expect miracles – but try it alongside a healthy eating plan.
3) Sore Throat – Dilute with water and gargle if you have a sore throat or tonsillitis. Do it a lot. I find this very helpful when I’m unwell. Germs can’t survive in the acidic environment that vinegar creates. Try a quarter of a cup of water with a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar.
4) Cholesterol – A Japanese study found that 15ml of apple cider vinegar a day lowered cholesterol. To what degree or how big this particular study was I don’t know… In 2006 ACV was sadly tested on rats – I’m not a supporter of animal testing – however the evidence showed that the rats levels of cholesterol was reduced by consuming apple cider vinegar. These are rats, not humans, but the results give a promising indication.
5) Cleansing the body – Apple cider vinegar helps with detoxification by breaking up mucus in the body and cleansing the lymph nodes. A healthy lymphatic system removes toxins from cells in the body whilst improving immune system response. This was the main reason I decided to try Apple Cider Vinegar. Even though I keep referring to ‘acid’, as with lemon, apple cider vinegar has an alkaline effect on the body. Allergic reactions and stress tend to produce excessive acids in the body. The alkaline-forming ability of apple cider vinegar can correct excess acidity in our system and help prevent and fight infection – high acidity in the body can lead to all sorts of problems. Wellness specialist Marie Reynold’s took one look at my feet during a treatment and told me there was too much acid in my body.
6) Candida – As with the sore throat remedy, the acid in apple cider vinegar can also deal with yeast in the body. It can also be used to treat nail fungus, do a foot or hand soak – again with the apple cider vinegar diluted.
7) Dandruff – Use it as a rinse if you have dandruff. Mix with water in equal parts apply to hair and scalp – leave on for 15 minutes and shampoo as normal.
Use as a mouthwash if you can bear it (diluted), mix with water to clean the house. It can help ease the pain of sunburn (one part apple cider vinegar to three parts water), and mosquito bites too. If you suffer with swollen ankles I would highly recommend trying ACV. It’s also rumoured to inhibit the growth of cancer in the body – with something so serious I wouldn’t like to encourage or comment – but I know it’s being widely experimented with.
How to drink
It’s not a pleasant daily drink – I pour a little (approx 3 tablespoons) into the bottom of a glass and top up with water. It wouldn’t be good to drink straight – near on impossible – and would burn. Some people choose to sweeten it, but I just dilute it and drink it as quickly as I can. If you want to sweeten it try honey, agave syrup, or stevia. If you can do this twice a day – I only have it once. Another option is to use it as the vinegar for salads.
Definitely something to have in the cupboard. It doesn’t even require refrigeration – and doesn’t expire quickly even once opened.
Price – £10.54 for 946ml (this will last for a very long time)
To buy – http://www.amazon.co.uk/applecidervinegar
It’s also available at Whole Foods, although I can’t currently see it on their website.