The History of Apple Cider Vinegar
"Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” is a favorite maxim of modern, healthy living advocates. But did you know that this statement is over two thousand years old? In ancient Greece, Hippocrates, The Father of Medicine backed up his admonition by prescribing apple cider vinegar mixed with honey to patients for its healing and cleansing qualities. In biblical times, after laboring in the barley fields, Boaz encouraged Ruth to dip bread in vinegar during their meal. (Ruth 2:14). It was used at this time not only to flavor food but as an energizing drink. Soldiers through the ages consumed diluted vinegar as an energizing and strengthening tonic.
Home remedies and folk medicine have long relied on apple cider vinegar to aide digestion and prevent or relieve heartburn. Today, apple cider vinegar is revered for all these qualities and more. It is often combined with pure water in detox beverages and in weight loss regimens.
Health Benefits of Drinking Pure Water with Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider is made by crushing apples and squeezing out the liquid. To ferment the liquid, bacteria and yeast are added. The sugars are converted into alcohol. The alcohol is then converted into vinegar by acetic acid, which not only gives vinegar its sour flavor, but has health benefits. The process yields a product that is rich in these health enhancing components: acetic acid, protein enzymes, magnesium, potassium, and probiotics (friendly bacteria). It is reported to lower blood sugar levels, improve metabolism, curb appetites, increase satiety and assists in weight loss.
Acetic acid (AcOH) has been found to suppress body fat accumulation. In a double-blind trial of obese individuals, participants were divided into three groups of similar: body weight, body mass index, and waist circumference. During the 12-week treatment, the subjects in each group ingested 500 ml daily of a beverage containing either 15 ml of vinegar, 30 ml of vinegar, or 0 ml of vinegar in the placebo group. Both groups ingesting vinegar daily showed significantly reduced body weight, BMI, waist circumference, and serum triglyceride levels. Thus concluding that daily vinegar intake appears to reduce obesity and is useful in reducing the risks of high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, high blood sugar levels, and type 2 Diabetes. However, this relatively short study does not prove nor suggest that apple cider vinegar alone will reduce obesity. Rather, it can be part of a healthy lifestyle which includes: eating nutritious foods, exercise, drinking pure water, and adequate sleep.
BENEFITS of drinking a 12 oz. to 16 oz. glass of PURE WATER with 1-2 Tablespoons RAW, UNFILTERED APPLE CIDER VINEGAR about 15 minutes before eating, once or twice daily include:
To obtain the potential health benefits natural health and nutrition professionals recommend consuming only pure drinking water combined with raw, unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar with the mother of vinegar, as it contains the beneficial acetic acid bacteria.
By Deborah Tukua, staff writer
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