Health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar has been used for its medicinal properties for over 10,000 years. Apple cider vinegar is made through a long fermentation process of apple cider. It is full of beneficial bacteria and beneficial enzymes. I am only talking about organic, raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered, and unprocessed. Here are a few medicinal uses of apple cider vinegar:
A remedy for Cold and Cough:
My son used to work at Farmer’s Market at Ha’s Apple Farm. He was sick with Cold and Cough. One day, while going to work, his boss dipped some cut apples in Ha’s apple cider vinegar, and he said he felt a lot better afterward. The “mother” in unfiltered vinegar contains yeast and beneficial bacteria and boosts your immune system and helps your body to fight against cold.
There are various articles online where the writer introduces vinegar diets. Although there is debate on the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar in weight loss, there is a possibility that the acetic acid in the fermented apple cider vinegar will contribute to lower appetite and hence weight loss.
My aunt, who took acid reflux prescription medication for years, found relief after taking 1 tablespoon of Ha’s raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar before meals and stopped taking her acid reflux medication altogether. The cause of acid reflux in many people is low stomach acid, and taking acetic acid (vinegar) helps with that.
Ref: (Neiworth-Petshow EM, Baldwin-Sayre C. Naturopathic treatment of gastrointestinal dysfunction in the setting of Parkinson’s disease. Integr Med (Encinitas). 2018;17(4):44-50.)
Type 2 Diabetes:
Apple cider vinegar improves insulin sensitivity in subjects with type 2 diabetes and reduces blood glucose levels. American Association of Diabetes has an article on this. The idea is the acetic acid in vinegar prevents the complete digestion of complex carbohydrates. If you are interested to know more about it, click here.
There is a theory that a high amount of Polyphenols such as chlorogenic acid in apple cider vinegar could inhibit oxidation of LDLs and therefore improve cardiovascular health.