• Liyan Lu

Apple Cider Vinegar

Updated: Sep 23

Raw apple cider vinegar(ACV) is a natural healing tonic that contains nutrients, enzymes, and organic acids. It kills germs and nourishes the body at the same time. In 400 BC, the father of medicine, Hippocrates, used raw ACV for its unique natural cleansing, healing, and energizing health qualities. People got help from the external and internal application of ACV as folk medicine. Taking this nutritious tonic will help with digestion, illness, and nutrient deficiencies that result from a typical western diet containing many processed and refined foods.


ACV comes from the double fermentation of whole apples. It should be raw, not distilled, filtered, or pasteurized. Extra processing steps would destroy many essential elements resulting in weakening the health benefits. Most health food stores carry the raw ACV, which is labeled “with the mother.”


ACV Tonic

Add one tablespoon of ACV (and one tablespoon of optional honey) to a glass of water and drink it before each meal. You can drink it 2or 3 times a day. To avoid tooth enamel erosion and throat irritation, afterward, drink plain water.


The Benefits of Raw ACV are as Following:

Arthritis

Message the sore joints with a lotion made up of 2 egg whites, ½ cup (125 ml) apple cider vinegar, and ¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil or just by drinking the ACV tonic alone will help with arthritis.


Asthma

Some people have found relief from mild asthma by taking ACV tonic and applying a vinegar-soaked compress to the inside of the wrists.


Blood pressure

ACV tonic has high potassium values to balance out sodium levels in the body and aid in maintaining the blood pressure within healthy limits. It also contains magnesium that relaxes the blood vessel walls and thus lowers the blood pressure.


Bone health

ACV helps sustain bone mass and fight against osteoporosis because of the essential minerals such as manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, and silicon.


Cancer prevention

Apples and ACV contain numerous substances that protect against many types of cancer. They have beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. They also contain phytochemicals such as flavonoids and polyphenols, which prevent cancer formation. Plus, they both contain pectin, a soluble fiber, which binds certain cancer compounds in the colon and speeds up their elimination from the body.


Cholesterol reduction

Researchers from Mizkan, a Japanese food manufacturer, reported that taking three teaspoons of vinegar or more daily can significantly lower cholesterol levels in the blood. They found that acetic acid, a significant ingredient in vinegar, is responsible for the effect.


Cold

Taking ACV tonic several times a day helps the body fight colds at the first sign of a cold. It also speeds up recovering from the cold by taking vitamin C 500mg or Emergen-C once or twice a day.


Constipation

As we age, a low fiber diet and reducing digestive acids and enzymes can lead to constipation. Taking ACV as a home remedy and eating more fruits and vegetables can combat constipation.


Cramps

Taking ACV daily tonic prevents the recurrence of cramps because it contains rich minerals and vitamins which relieve muscle cramps.

Dandruff

Apply pure apple cider vinegar to the scalp and work it into the roots of the hair; allow the vinegar to stand for a half-hour or a full hour before washing your hair. This method will help destroy the bacteria and fungus that cause dandruff and an itchy scalp.


Diabetes

New research shows that ACV can help lower blood sugar levels. This home remedy supplies the beneficial ingredients to control blood glucose levels and has acids and enzymes to promote better digestion and nutrient absorption. Many people living with diabetes feel the benefits from ACV.


Diarrhea

Pectin is the water-soluble fiber in ACV. It helps to absorb water in the intestines and form bulk stools. Intestinal bacteria transform pectin into a protective coating to soothe the irritated lining and eliminate diarrhea.


Digestion

As we age, people commonly produce less stomach acid (hydrochloric acid), causing digestive problems. Taking ACV tonic as a home remedy before a meal will enhance the stomach acid and digestive enzymes.


Eczema

To help relieve the itching and dryness of eczema, apply a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water to the affected areas; afterward, use a tab of butter on the skin lesion.


Fatigue

The ACV tonic can provide potassium and enzymes that help with fatigue. Some experts suggest mixing 1 or 2 teaspoons of raw honey with the ACV tonic.


Gallstones

Taking ACV tonic with 6 oz of organic and unfiltered apple juice for one week may help purge small gallstones. ACV might stop the stone from growing more extensive so that the patients with gallstones would need medical removal.


Gout

Many people with gout have found that it is very effective by either ingesting the ACV tonic or applying 50% ACV to the affected area.

Headaches

Research has shown that people have slightly more alkaline urine when they have a headache. The ACV tonic rebalances the body’s PH and helps relieve headaches. It can also help by adding two tablespoons of ACV in the water of a vaporizer and inhaling the vapors for five minutes.


Heartburn

A survey conducted at the Earth Clinic website found that vinegar is the best home remedy to relieve heartburn or acid reflux and suggest drinking ACV tonic before each meal.


Hiccups

It stops hiccups by sipping a glass of warm ACV tonic, which is the most straightforward home remedy for hiccups.


Insomnia

Some people find that taking 1 cup of the ACV tonic before bed helps them fall asleep faster and sleep longer. In Dr. Jarvis’s book “Folk Medicine,” he recommends adding honey to the ACV for this exact reason.


Leg cramps

Taking the ACV tonic helps the body absorb calcium and magnesium and thus protects against painful leg cramps.


Menstrual issues

Drinking a glass of the ACV tonic in the morning helps reduce the heavy flow of a period.


Morning sickness

The first three months of pregnancy will help with morning sickness by drinking a glass of the ACV tonic the first thing in the morning.

Muscle soreness

Apply a cloth dampened with ACV and a dash of cayenne pepper directly to the sore muscle for 5 minutes and reapply as needed. Soak in warm bath water for sore muscles all over with 2 to 3 cups of ACV added.


Night sweat and hot flashes

Take 1 cup of the ACV tonic in the morning to help relieve hot flashes and night sweats for menopausal women.


Poison ivy and poison oak

Mix an equal amount of ACV and ice water in a spray bottle. To stop the pain, itching and help ease the swelling, spray the mixture on the affected area.


Shingles

Taking a warm bath with 1 cup of ACV added to the water will help relieve the itching of shingle rashes. It also helps drink the ACV tonic and apply undiluted ACV directly on the rash to lessen the shingle pain and help the inflammation from spreading.

Sinusitis

To help relieve sinusitis pain, drink a glass of the ACV tonic every hour for 6 or 8 hours. For sinus headaches, add 1/8 cup ACV to a cool-air vaporizer and inhale directly for 5 minutes. Sinus Rinse will also help clean the excess mucus in the nose, throat, and sinus cavities (postnasal drip).


Sore throat

For a sore throat, gargle an hour a few mouthfuls of the ACV tonic. Don’t swallow the gargled mixture because ACV acts like a sponge drawing out germs along with toxins.


Ulcers

Since a preliminary study in Japan showed that drinking a weak vinegar solution can give over 95% protection from alcohol-related ulcers, try ACV tonic.


Urinary tract infections

Drink ACV tonic daily to keep the pH balanced in the urinary tract so that bacteria and yeast can’t grow in an unfriendly environment and stop infection.

Cranberry juice is also a well-known home remedy for urinary tract infections. It prevents bacteria from attaching to the walls of the urinary tract.


For a tasty drink, add two teaspoons of ACV to an eight-ounce glass of cranberry juice and benefit from both home remedies at the same time.


Varicose veins

Dr. Jarvis notes that applying undiluted apple cider vinegar both morning and evening to varicose veins and drinking ACV tonic twice a day will help shrink the veins. You should notice the difference in about one month.


Weight loss

ACV and healthy weight benefits have been utilized for centuries and used throughout the world. ACV is a home remedy and natural way to shed pounds. Take one glass of ACV tonic at each meal and avoid foods high in fat.


Yeast infection

Add two tablespoons of ACV in one quart of warm water to douche twice a day until the burning and itching symptoms have stopped since frequent douching can cause more harm than good.


Add one cup of ACV to the bathwater to help relieve external pain.


Try acidophilus to help get rid of yeast infections.


If you tend to get frequent yeast infections, try to find the cause (such as oral antibiotic use or a diet too high in refined sugars) and reduce or eliminate it.


Source: Most of the above information is abstracted from www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com and Bragg Vinegar.



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