Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a product of fermented apple juice, made using slow-going traditional methods. Apple Cider Vinegars wide range of health benefits are said to significantly rival the number of uses for Tea Tree oil because of its 'Mother' content - a collection of strands of enzymes, Proteins and friendly bacteria which give Apple Cider Vinegar its murky & cloudy appearance. It is also packed with a wealth of Vitamins & Minerals, pectin (a soluble fibre found in many fruits), and Beta-Carotene (a precursor of Vitamin A, required for healthy skin & vision). From alleviating the symptoms of the common Cold to improving Digestion, some of the miraculous healing powers of Apple Cider Vinegar remain flimsy while others are supported by medical research and scientific evidence.
It is definitely NOT a quick fix solution, however Apple Cider Vinegar does have some health benefits in terms of weight loss, when used alongside a healthy diet and active lifestyle. The Acetic acid (also known as Ethanoic acid) content in Apple Cider Vinegar is thought to increase the production of proteins, which break down fats and subsequently suppresses appetite, reduces Water retention, and increases metabolism.
Further support to the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for weight loss can be contributed to two studies in Japan (one on humans, one on mice) back in 2009, which saw those subjects using ACV over a 12 week period record a loss of approximately 1-2 pounds and/or 10% less body fat than those who did not use ACV within their diet. Scientists also theorized that Apple Cider Vinegar interfered with the body's digestion of starch, which saw less calories enter the bloodstream.
Apple Cider Vinegar contains a rich source of Amino Acids, Potassium and enzymes that are believed to act as an antidote to lactic acid build-up, which commonly occurs after exercise or extreme physical stress. When lactate acid builds up in Body and exceeds its optimum clearance rate there is a notable increase of acidity in the muscles and tissues that can then cause Fatigue. Adding a tablespoon or two of Apple Cider Vinegar to a glass of water may help to reduce acid build-up, and boost your levels of Energy too!
Apple Cider Vinegar may not particularly taste nice but it has so many reputed health benefits that make it a worthy addition to the cupboards of your home. You can even use it externally to neutralize odours, remove mould or clean everyday dirt and stains. Whether you believe the hype or not, there is no doubt that the tide has begun to shift back to thousand year old, natural medicinal treatments (like Apple Cider Vinegar) from the manufactured pharmaceuticals.