Apple cider vinegar is extracted from fresh raw apples and then fermented. It is rich in phosphorus, pectin, potassium, magnesium, sulphur, organic sodium, chlorine, silicon, iron, copper, and many other minerals. It also contains organic malic acid, which assists in dissolving toxins from the body due to its anti-viral, anti-bacterial & anti-fungal properties. Although it is acidic, it leaves an alkaline residue on the body.
From a bit of a read in the internet today, the facts (ie. scientific evidence to back it up) are that it can help aid digestion, and can also help in the management of type 2 diabetes (by lowering glycemic index).
Here are some other benefits, based on folk remedies and the testimonies of people who’ve used it for centuries:
- It can help with reflux, gas and associated digestive problems;
- It assists with treating over-acidic body conditions (eg. arthritis and joint pain/stiffness);
- It may assist in the treatment of candida/yeast infections (due to the malic acid properties);
- Some have reported it helps to clear up skin conditions and smoothe skin.
How I buy it:
The only way of buying apple cider vinegar is in its raw, organic, unpasteurised state. It should be a little cloudy due to the sediment, which is known as the ‘mother’.
Apparently you can buy it in capsules and tablets now, but I would recommend buying it in its living raw state – why have it dried when you can have the real thing?
How I take it:
I take a tablespoon of the vinegar with a full glass of water (and a little raw honey to balance the sour taste). I try and remember to take it half an hour before a meal (usually breakfast).
I also use in salad dressings, mixed with olive oil or avocado oil and a little natural sweetner.
Where to buy:
Any good health store will carry Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (about NZ $9 for 473ml). If you’re in NZ, you might like to try the kiwi-made Waihi Bush version (500ml for NZ $7.50). Health Post is a great online store to get this sort of thing. (NB. They aren’t paying me to say that – I’ve just purchased other things from them and their service is great!).
[Like with anything else to do with preventing and treating any condition you may have, please do your own research and consult appropriate health professionals. I’m just a Mum that’s tried something that’s worked for me].
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