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By: Tramell Smith | Total Nutrition & Training @TramellSmith
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar or ACV is made by combining fresh ripe organic apples, filtered water, and raw honey or cane sugar. These ingredients are combined and the mixture ferments and becomes a hard Apple cider.
Through time the alcohol from the cider becomes acetic acid, and you now have ACV. The vinegar contains a host of vitamins, beta-carotene, pectin and vital minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, chlorine, sulfur, iron, and fluorine.
There surely must be something healthy in using apple cider vinegar, since The Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, used this vinegar around 400 B.C. for its health giving qualities. It is said that he had only two remedies: (raw)honey and apple cider vinegar.
Pectin in the vinegar is a fiber which helps reduce bad cholesterol and helps in regulating blood pressure. The need for calcium supplements once you start growing older is very well known. This vinegar helps extract calcium from the fruits, vegetables and meat it is mixed with, helping in the process of maintaining strong bones.
Potassium deficiency causes a variety of ailments including hair loss, weak finger nails, brittle teeth, sinusitis, and a permanently running nose. Apple cider vinegar is loaded with potassium. Studies have shown that potassium deficiency results in stunted growth.
All these ailments can be avoided with the intake of apple cider vinegar. The potassium in this vinegar also helps in eliminating toxic waste from the body. The beta-carotene helps in countering damage caused by free radicals, helping one maintain firmer skin and a youthful appearance. Apple cider vinegar is good for those wanting to lose weight. It helps in breaking down fat which helps in natural weight reduction.
Apple cider vinegar contains malic acid which is very helpful in fighting fungal and bacterial infections. This acid dissolves uric acid deposits that form around joints, helping relieve joint pains. This dissolved uric acid is gradually eliminated from the body.
The use of apple cider vinegar is helpful in ailments such as constipation, headaches, arthritis, weak bones, indigestion, high cholesterol, diarrhea, eczema, sore eyes, chronic fatigue, mild food poisoning, hair loss, high blood pressure, helps control blood sugar, obesity, along with a host of many other ailments.
It also can be used as a mouthwash to treat bad breath, can be used to help whiten teeth, applied on the skin to help fade bruises and clears acne and wards off dandruff.
It is best consumed as a tea, diluted in water mixed with local honey. Start with a ¼ tablespoon to assess tolerance and build up to no more than 2 ounces per serving two times per day. When using on skin apply directly with cotton or gauze, don’t worry the smell will fade as it dries.