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Apple Cider Vinegar's Health Benefits

Updated on September 16, 2010

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple Cider Vinegar is produced by fermenting apples.

First the fresh apples are crushed, and the juice is extracted.

The apple juice along with yeast is then placed into wooden barrels and is left to ferment.

The yeast turns the sugars present into apple juice into alcohol.


In order to turn the alcohol into vinegar it must undergo a second fermentation process.

The alcohol is converted by acetic acid-forming bacteria (acetobacter) into vinegar.

Acetic acid and malic acid are the reason vinegar has a sour taste.

Some Apple Cider Vinegars are distilled and refined, which are the ones found in major grocery stores.

Natural or Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is different since it is left unfiltered and unrefined.

Mature natural Apple Cider Vinegar has a cloudy and darker appearance compared to the distilled variety.  Natural Apple Cider Vinegar also contains a substance known as “mother”.

While the natural Apple Cider Vinegar may look less appealing than the distilled versions, it is far more beneficial.  The “mother” in Apple Cider Vinegar is a stringy substance that is full of powerful protein enzymes and minerals that fight off harmful bacteria.

Apple Cider Vinegar's Beneficial Components

Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the healthiest liquids we can consume.  Natural Apple Cider Vinegar contains the following elements and trace minerals that are needed to maintain our health:

Minerals

Calcium
Chlorine
Copper
Fluorine
Iron
Magnesium
Manganese
Phosphorus
Potassium
Selenium
Silicon
Sodium
Sulfur
Zinc

Vitamins

Apple Cider Vinegar contains the following vitamins:

  • Vitamin P bioflavonoids (bioflavonoids)
  • Beta-carotene (precursor to Vitamin A)
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamins B1, B2, and B6

Other Components

Apple Cider Vinegar also contains tannins, malic acid, tartaric acid, propionic acid, acetic acid, enzymes, amino acids as well as fiber in the form of potash and apple pectin. The malic acid and acetic acid are important components of Apple Cider Vinegar since they have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties.

Here is a short list of some of the benefits derived from drinking natural Apple Cider Vinegar:

  • Effectively detoxifies the body including the organs and the bloodstream.
  • Keeps the circulatory system healthy (reduces LDL cholesterol, helps regulate blood pressure, prevents premature calcification of arteries, enhances blood circulation).
  • Promotes a healthy environment for the body’s vital organs (reduces water retention and excess sodium in the body).
  • Breaks down phlegm, mucous, and fatty deposits found in the body.
  • Enhances metabolism (digestion and assimilation of food and nutrients as well as elimination of waste).
  • Neutralizes any toxic substance found in the body.
  • Promotes better concentration and memory.
  • Enhances overall vitality and energy.
  • Helps fight skin infections and acne.

How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Affect The Blood?

Keeping your blood healthy is vital to having a healthy body.  If the components that make up our blood fall out of their normal range our whole body will be affected dramatically. When the blood is lacking certain minerals any number of conditions can occur rapidly. Apple Cider Vinegar helps to replenish the blood with necessary minerals.

Apple Cider Vinegar contains a good amount of the element Potassium.  Why is Potassium so important?  Potassium is absolutely vital to the body, since it is used to maintain and grow healthy soft tissue.  The body cannot replace worn out or old tissues without Potassium.  Potassium deficiency can lead to tooth decay, splitting nails and premature hardening of the arteries.

Side Effects of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar taken in moderation results in no major side effects. One minor side effect could be deterioration of dental enamel. In order to prevent this from happening, always drink the Apple Cider Vinegar diluted with water.

Additionally you can add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to neutralize the acidity level. For added protection you can also drink through a straw to minimize contact with your teeth.

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for thousands of years, and is safe for the whole family. Apple Cider Vinegar is also a very useful supplement for pets.


Disclaimer:

The information given in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.

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    • Violet Flores profile imageAUTHOR

      Violet Flores 

      7 years ago from Kentucky

      Cheers, thanks for stopping by!

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      eatingright 

      7 years ago

      I am a fan of Apple Cider Vinegar. It's refreshing and cleansing. Thanks for sharing the info about its benefits!

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