What’s good is not always pleasant. I mean, it’s difficult enough to convince people to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their diet when those are delicious. A harsh reality remains; a lot of the time the healthiest things are the hardest to take. There, I admitted it. That being said, I would like to tout the glories of an all-purpose, utility player in the game of health that is often maligned. It’s murky brown, full of sediment, and seriously reeks. Behold, Apple Cider Vinegar! Despite its appearance and strong odor, apple cider vinegar is a true superstar. There’s almost nothing that this simple liquid cannot accomplish.
First, apple cider vinegar is made from apples. Apples have long held the position of nutritional powerhouse, and deservedly so. Apples are loaded with goodness. They are low in calories and fat while high in fiber and stuffed with vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, folic acid, niacin, sodium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and copper. Apple cider vinegar, made from whole apples and not pasteurized or filtered, contains all these nutrients plus the many enzymes and organic acids produced during the dual fermentation process. That’s impressive alone, but there’s more.
The fermentation process used to make apple cider vinegar creates some impressive organic acids. The acids in apple cider vinegar have an antiseptic property which deters the growth of bacteria and yeasts in the digestive track. Taking a little apple cider vinegar before eating can increase the acid in the stomach, improving digestion and nutrient uptake. Apple cider is even credited with promoting the healthy acid/alkaline balance in urine. It may sound weird, but proper acid balance in urine helps people to either completely bypass illness or to effectively combat it.
Vitamins and Antioxidants
The combination of vitamins, amino acids, and bioflavonoids in apple cider vinegar make it a formidable antioxidant powerhouse. This may be the most exciting health benefit of apple cider vinegar. The antioxidant combination found in apple cider vinegar helps protect the body against cancer and damage caused by overexposure to chemical toxins.
Since apple cider vinegar is made from whole apples, it’s full of pectin. Pectin is a water soluble fiber which can absorb fat, toxins, and cholesterol in the digestive tract to effectively remove it from the body. This promotes heart health by aiding glucose metabolism and lowering blood pressure.
As previously noted, apple cider vinegar has a considerable amount of minerals in an easily digestible form. Minerals are essential to proper bio-chemical processes in the body. Apple cider vinegar’s minerals promote proper control of water balance, conduction of nerve impulses, contraction of muscles, maintenance of heart rhythm, storage and breakdown of carbohydrates, production of energy, and formation of bones and teeth. All of these processes are vital.
Apple cider vinegar might just be a miracle elixir. I know this may sound like an outrageous claim, but indulge me. As I’m sitting here writing this article, I have a colossal pile of papers on my desk, endorsing apple cider vinegar for an overwhelming variety of uses. There’s everything from weight loss to beauty, from constipation to sore throats. Seriously, everything has an apple cider remedy. There’s no way I can list them all for the purposes of this article, my apologies. Do me a favor, look up some apple cider vinegar remedies. You’ll be amazed. Don’t discount this phenomenal healing agent just because it looks unappealing and has a pungent aroma. You’ll miss out on a simple fix for so many problems.
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