Apple Cider Vinegar: A Holistic Health Remedy

What’s so remarkable about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)?  This special vinegar is made by the fermentation of apple cider and has long been touted as a health & beauty tonic.  Some of the most promising research has shown favorable results when it comes to blood sugar levels, cholesterol and high blood pressure.  Although there are no official recommendations to use ACV from the medical community (as the research is ongoing), it still remains wildly popular with users who swear by its medicinal properties, including a cure for indigestion and bad breath.
Diabetes –  Medical research has shown that ACV can have favorable changes in blood sugar levels; link to research here.
Cholesterol – Although promising research in rats has shown that ACV may increase the HDL “good” cholesterol and reduce
triglyceride levels, research has not been proven with humans. This research showed high levels of pectin which seemed to be a contributing factor to lowering cholesterol. 
High Blood Pressure –  Another study in rats found that ACV could lower high blood pressure.  It’s the potassium content that seems to make ACV work.  It is believed that potassium in the vinegar balances the sodium level; and the magnesium in the vinegar helps to relax blood vessel walls and thereby lowers blood pressure.
Indigestion –  I was curious how ACV could cure acid indigestion when it is “acidic”.   Well I found out that even though it is acidic, it is also “alkaline-forming”.    In  theory it weakens the hydrochloric acid in the stomach because it alkalizes and brings the body back to its acid/alkaline  balance.  
Bad Breath –  Used as an antiseptic, the theory is that  ACV can reduce bad breath by breaking down plaque and bacteria.  Always mix ACV with water when using as a mouthwash, then rinse again with water, as it is acidic and can cause tooth enamel deterioration with long term use.
The easiest ways to add ACV to your diet is by making an oil and vinegar dressing for your salads or coleslaw recipes, adding to your soups; or taking 1 to 2 tsps. of ACV with a smoothie,  juice or water each day.
Warning: ACV is highly acidic and may interact with certain medications and supplements.  Consult with your physician as to the possibility of any side effects or safety concerns with prolonged use.
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    Very easy to read. Great explanation of how acidic vinegar treats acid indigestion.
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