For centuries, apple cider vinegar has been used by cultures all over the world as not just a preservative but for its numerous health benefits as well. Here we look at some of those science backed benefits, including for heartburn and acid reflux, but what is the best brand of apple cider vinegar?
Want to pump up your immune system? Even figure out how to get rid of acid reflux? This versatile vinegar may be your answer.
Read on below to find out more about this useful addition to you pantry.
Trouble sleeping at night because of heartburn? Find out more about night time reflux, and how to tackle it here.
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How Is Apple Cider Vinegar Made?
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is derived from fermented apple cider. The alcohol produced in the fermenting process is converted into vinegar with the addition of acetic acid forming bacteria in a second fermenting process. This is what gives the vinegar it’s briny punch and one of the things that add to its many health benefits.
It is considered that the best form of apple cider vinegar is unpasteurised, from cider apples. This should contain the “mother” – a natural substance from the pectin and apple residues, and supposedly highly nutritious.
I came across it when I was researching to find out how to get rid of acid reflux, but was blown away by the overwhelming positive stories about the myriad of health benefits it seems to have.
Here’s a few of the many ways you can use this brew as a healthy solution for what ails you.
The Best Brand Of Apple Cider Vinegar For Acid Reflux & Heartburn
Commonly known as heartburn, acid reflux affects millions of people. It’s uncomfortable, it can be very painful and if left untreated, can lead to more serious complications, covered elsewhere on this site.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is used by many people to get relief from the pain experienced as a result of acid reflux.
I’ve read so much about apple cider vinegar being a natural quick fix for acid reflux. The next time you have heartburn, take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, mixed, if you prefer, with honey or molasses.
Warning! Never take it undiluted, as it could burn you! Drink diluted ACV through a straw (to minimise contact with the teeth, as it can soften the enamel a little) and avoid brushing your teeth for 1/2 hour after drinking) If you feel uncomfortable burning at any stage, stop using it. Also it may interfere with some medications, such as diuretics, heart disease medications, and diabetes drugs. Consult your doctor if you ae in any doubt.
The mechanism by which it achieves relief is not clear – one theory is that the vinegar causes an automatic reaction in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES or LOS) – the muscle between the stomach and the esophagus – which closes it.
Another is that it rebalances the lack of stomach acid and allows proper digestion of food, which reduces pressure on the LES. You can read more about low stomach acid here.
There are no substantive studies demonsrtating the effectiveness of apple cider vinegar for relieving acid reflux.
Nevertheless, here’s support for apple cider vinegar from the web:
There is no specialist ACV which can be considered as the best brand of apple cider vinegar which deals with acid reflux, but this brand is highly rated in the UK, here
and in the US, here
Here are just a few of the other benefits many people speak of:
The Best Apple Cider Vinegar Brand For Weight Loss
Apple cider vinegar, being made from apples, is a great source of insoluble fibre – high fibre foods help you feel full, faster. Drinking a glass of water with one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before a meal will help you to feel full before you eat too many calories. It will also keep you feeling full throughout the day so you can avoid those snack attacks between meals.
As for the best apple cider vinegar brand for weight loss, there is actually no distinct differences between the brands – they are all acetic acid.
The effect of ACV on blood sugar levels is one of the most promising of apple cider vinegar’s possible health benefits, and possibly the best researched. Several studies have shown that ACV may help to lower glucose levels. For instance, a 2007 study of 11 people with type 2 diabetes found that taking 2 tablespoons of ACV before bed lowered glucose levels in the morning by 4%-6%. (source: WebMD)
People have reported that ACV helps with painful episodes of gout.
Try one half teaspoon of ACV stirred into a cup of water and gargle for about ten seconds at a time until the cup is empty. The acid neutralizes bad breath germs. remeber to wait before brushing your teeth after, as the acid in the ACV can soften tooth enamel.
Apple Cider Vinegar As A Body Deodoriser
A natural deodorant apple cider vinegar is a great odor neutralizer for the body as well. It works much like it does in the mouth – the acid works to adjust the skin’s pH levels effectively neutralizing odor causing bacteria. Simply wipe armpits once each morning with undiluted vinegar. This works well for foot odor as well by filling a pan with warm water and adding a one third cup of apple cider vinegar, soak feet this way for about fifteen minutes.
Sore throats make you miserable and are often a dead give away that germs have infected your body. At the first sign of irritation, gargle with one half teaspoon of ACV stirred into a cup of water. Germs can’t live in the acidic environment that the apple cider vinegar produces. Make it as uninviting as possible so those germs don’t get comfortable and decide to stay a while.
Once again, the acidic environment apple cider vinegar provides and knocks out yet another invader. Apple cider vinegar, it seems, is great for treating yeast infections. Putting one and a half cups into a warm bath then soaking in it for twenty minutes, once a day, for the first three days of infection, is apparently one of the best home remedies for this fungal infection that plagues millions. This is also said to work for toe nail yeast infection.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Lifeless Hair & Hair Lice
Now an awful lot of people swear by this as a tonic for the hair, both as a dandruff treatment, a lice egg killer, and to put life back into your hair. Put 1/2 tablespoonful in a bottle of water and rinse your hair after washing, or if you have a determined bout of lice / dandruff, pour on the vinegar (taking care not to get it in your eyes), and wrap your hair in a towel for 15 minutes. Some makes of hair shampoo and conditioner actually include apple cider vinegar in their ingredients, like this one, here. (UK)
and this one in the US, Khere
Apple Cider Vinegar For Removal of Cherry Angioma / Warts / Verrucas
Dabbing the ACV on a cherry angioma (it is said to work with warts and verrucas as well) is said to cause it to fall off after a few days. To see it in action, click here.
Acid crystals in the blood and an absence of certain minerals can lead to leg cramps. Often these strike at night and make it difficult to get a restful night’s sleep. Adding apple cider vinegar to your water, twice a day, can dissolve these acid crystals and is a great source of potassium, calcium and other essential minerals to help lull your leg cramps to sleep.
Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
Apple cider vinegar can help acne sufferers because it kills bacteria. By Mixing one part vinegar to three parts water, you can make a bacteria killing face wash for a fraction of the cost of store brand acne face washes. Apply the solution to your skin with a clean cloth and leave it there for ten minutes then rinse well.
Scarlett Johansson is a big fan of the use of apple cider vinegar as a toner. Have a look at this article in the Huffington Post.
If you want to try a proprietary brand of apple cider vinegar toner, have a look at this one, here. (UK)
For the US, try these, here
Apple Cider Vinegar for Horses
I have come across many people in my research who both feed diluted ACV to their pets and livestock, and wash their coats in it. Among the benefits of apple cider vinegar for horses are:
- As a nutritional supplement in feed and/or water.
- The acidifying effect of ACV also helps prevent and dissolve intestinal stones, which can form in horses that live in hard water areas, or with a diet high in alfalfa.
- Apple cider vinegar helps acidify the stomach for optimum digestion.
- Horses with arthritis also often benefit from ACV.
- ACV causes thiamine (vitamin B1) to be excreted through the skin, repelling flies and mosquitoes.
- ACV helps with protein digestion, so there will be less undigested protein in the manure to attract flies.
- Thrush and other hoof problems can be tackled with soaks or poultices of natural ACV.
- Fungus, burns, wounds and skin infections often respond some diluted ACV.
- A final rinse with vinegar-laced water after bathing will cut right through leftover soap film and hard water residues, leaving your horse super shiny.
- Insulin resistance can be helped with vinegar. Studies on human subjects showed a reduction in the usual rise in blood sugar after a high-carb meal when a little ACV was taken first.
- Use it around horse areas instead of resorting to harmful chemicals for weed control.
- Add some apple cider vinegar to the rinse water when washing stable bandages and horse blankets. The soap residue will be gone, along with the odor.
A recommended apple cider vinegar for horses can be found here. (UK)
For the US, try this brand of apple cider vinegar for horses, here:
Diluted ACV is used widely for animals, but there are also specialist products, such as this pet shampoo, which includes ACV in its ingredients, here.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Chickens
Read any advice on keeping chickens, and you’re bound to come across recommendations for including apple cider vinegar in their water. The benefits of apple cider vinegar for chickens are numerous according to the experts:
- worming and control of coccidiosis,
- Aids digestion
- Lowers the Ph of the digestive tract
- Provides a natural source of Potassium and other trace minerals
- Depresses the growth of Algae in the drinking water
- Helps clean the plumage of grease and old bloom
- Clears respiratory tracts
So, as you can see, apple cider vinegar is not just for salads!
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