Apple Cider Vinegar For Heart Health


Can Apple Cider Vinegar Protect Your Heart?

The short answer is yes. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is heart healthy and has a multitude of other health benefits. Let’s take a look.

Vinegar comes from the French words for “sour” and “wine”. All vinegars are mostly a mixture of acetic acid (CH3COOH) and water. Vinegar is made in a two-step fermentation process. Take ACV for example. The first step uses yeast to ferment apple juice into cider. The next step uses bacteria to change cider into vinegar. According to the makers of the most famous product, Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, the laundry list of benefits is extensive. But let’s look at the research on ACV.

Cholesterol

In a study from 2008, diabetic rats fed with ACV had lower LDL, lower triglycerides, and better blood sugar control while increasing HDL (1). This is animal data that cannot always be applied to humans. Can’t hurt though.

Blood Sugar

A 2004 trial showed vinegar (not specifically ACV) improves insulin sensitivity, limits sugar breakdown from dietary sources, and increases cellular uptake of glucose into skeletal muscle. These are fascinating findings for those with diabetic or pre-diabetic conditions. ACV can help everyone (2). Multiple studies have replicated these findings. In fact, 2 tablespoons of ACV at bedtime led to significant improvements in glucose control (3).

Antioxidant

A 2014 study found that ACV decreased oxidative injury in the rodent model and improved lipid control (4). Limiting oxidation is always a good thing, especially when it comes to the human body.

Other cardiovascular benefits likely come from ACV’s ability to promote digestion and overall gut health.

But there’s more

Vinegar may help with:

  1. Weight loss (5)
  2. Cancer (6)
  3. Skin conditions (my clinical experience)

Vinegar has been used for thousands of years as a disinfectant. Multiple studies have found vinegar to be very effective against bacteria such as E. coli and even mycobacteria such as tuberculosis! (7)

You see, those old home remedies do work.

How to use Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a great addition to olive oil and sea salt for a delicious salad dressing.olive oil

For people with heartburn or reflux, try 1 tablespoon of ACV in a little water prior to a meal. Sip on ACV in water at 50/50 combo in between meals and before bed. Brush your teeth afterward.

For skin warts or fungal toes, “paint” the area with a Q-tip 2-3x per day. This may take 2-3 months to resolve the affected area. No risk in trying and 100% safe compared with toxic prescription drugs.

Sources:

  1. Pak J Biol Sci. 2008 Dec 1;11(23):2634-8.
  2. Diabetes Care January 2004 vol. 27 no. 1 281-282
  3. Diabetes Care November 2007vol. 30 no. 11 2814-2815
  4. J Membr Biol. 2014 Aug;247(8):667-73.
  5. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2009 Aug;73(8):1837-43.
  6. Biofactors. 2004;22(1-4):93-7.
  7. J Food Prot. 1998 Aug;61(8):953-9.

Source:www.thedrswolfson.com

What Is The “Mother” In Your Apple Cider Vinegar And Why It’s Useless Without It


Historical records prove that Hippocrates used apple cider vinegar in his treatments somewhere around 400 B.C. He used natural, raw apple cider vinegar as a cleansing and healing elixir. Apple cider vinegar is a natural antibiotic, and its antiseptic properties aid in the fight against germs and bacteria.

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Undistilled apple cider vinegar is made from organic apples that mature/ferment in wooden barrels.

This vinegar has a rich brown color, and a distinctive vinegary taste. The original product contains the “mother” as well. The murky substance indicates the maturity of the vinegar, and it grows as the vinegar matures.

Organic apple cider vinegar has a pungent odor that may pucker your mouth.

The “mother”

It’s a complex structure comprised of beneficial acids that provide a vast number of health benefits. As mentioned before, the original product will always come packed with its “mother.”

 You can’t see the “mother” in filtered apple cider vinegar, and it’s not as healthy as the original product.

Essential minerals

Apple cider vinegar is rich in potassium, phosphorus, organic sodium, magnesium, sulphur, iron, copper, organic fluorine, silicon and many other trace minerals.

Malic acid

Raw apple cider vinegar is rich in malic acid, and we give you some of the best health benefits it provides:

  1. Pain relief – It relieves pain within 48 hours
  2. Energy boost – It converts carbs, protein, and fat into energy, which is why it’s considered as an excellent fat-burning product
  3. Anti-aging benefits – Apply it topically to remove dead skin, prevent premature aging, reduce wrinkles, and boost the production of collagen.

Potassium content

Apple cider vinegar is super-packed with potassium. The fermentation process eases its absorption in the body. It’s the potassium content that makes this vinegar so powerful and unique.

Potassium deficiency occurs as a result of poor dietary habits. Potassium is an “artery scrubber,” because it prevents any hardening and clogging.

Here are the most common symptoms of potassium deficiency:

  • Pain in muscles and bones (lower back pain is the most common)
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Itchy scalp, dandruff and premature tinning and balding
  • Itchy, sore, watery and tired eyes (poor focus) is also common
  • Brain fogging, poor memory, forgetfulness
  • Impatience and irritability, nervousness, depression, and anxiety
  • Cold hands and feet

How to make a difference between natural and distilled apple cider vinegar

If your vinegar is bright, clear, and clean, you’ve bought the pasteurized stuff.

The distillation process destroys enzymes and nutrients that help the body fight toxins, and reduce inflammation.

Distilled apple cider vinegar tastes like regular vinegar, and it doesn’t provide any health benefits. It has nothing to do with natural, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. You don’t need the processed stuff, and you should only use it to clean surfaces in your house.

Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits and Uses


Apple Cider Vinegar Uses

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  • The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are far reaching, as it has shown promise for heart health, diabetes and weight loss. ACV can also alleviate symptoms of acid reflux, sinusitis and sore throat, and even for skin problems
  • Apple cider vinegar is a great all-around cleaning product – it’s a powerful natural cleaner and can neutralize odors
  • Try apple cider vinegar as a hair rinse, deodorant, or mouthwash (diluted)

Vinegar is said to have been discovered around 5,000 BC, when unattended grape juice turned into wine and then vinegar. Originally used as a food preservative, vinegar’s medicinal uses soon came to light.

Hippocrates used vinegar to manage wounds, while medical practitioners in the 1700s used it to treat everything from poison ivy and croup to stomach aches. Vinegar was even used to treat diabetes.1

Vinegar, which means “sour wine” in French, can be made from virtually any carbohydrate that can be fermented, including grapes, dates, coconut, potatoes, beets, and, of course, apples.

The benefits and uses of apple cider vinegar (ACV) are now known to many (more on this later), which is why this is becoming a staple in many people’s kitchen pantries.

Traditionally, vinegar is made through a long, slow fermentation process, leaving it rich in bioactive components like acetic acid, gallic acid, catechin, epicatechin, caffeic acid, and more, giving it potent antioxidant, antimicrobial, and many other beneficial properties.

As reported in Medscape General Medicine:2

“The slow methods are generally used for the production of the traditional wine vinegars, and the culture of acetic acid bacteria grows on the surface of the liquid and fermentation proceeds slowly over the course of weeks or months.

The longer fermentation period allows for the accumulation of a non-toxic slime composed of yeast and acetic acid bacteria, known as the mother of vinegar.”

“Mother” of vinegar, a cobweb-like amino acid-based substance found in unprocessed, unfiltered vinegar, indicates your vinegar is of the best quality. Most manufacturers pasteurize and filter their vinegar to prevent the mother from forming, but the “murky” kind is best, especially if you’re planning to consume it.

Vinegar is not only useful for cooking, it’s useful for health purposes, cleaning, garden care, hygiene, and much more. In fact, a jug of vinegar is easily one of the most economical and versatile remedies around. I recommend keeping it in your home at all times…

Health Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

There are no official guidelines concerning taking vinegar internally. Some people take one to two teaspoons a day, mixed in a glass of water, before meals or in the morning, and report benefits from doing so. The risk of taking small amounts of vinegar is low, and research suggests it may have some real health benefits.

Diabetes

Vinegar is said to be anti-glycemic and has a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels. It’s thought that the acetic acid in vinegar may lower blood sugar by preventing the complete digestion of complex carbohydrates, which is accomplished either by accelerating gastric emptying or increasing the uptake of glucose by bodily tissues.3

One theory is that vinegar might inactivate some of the digestive enzymes that break down carbohydrates into sugar, thus slowing the conversion of complex carbohydrate into sugar from a meal into your bloodstream.

This gives your body more time to pull sugar out of your blood, preventing your sugar levels from spiking.  Quite a bit of research supports the use of vinegar as a diabetic treatment as well.

One study found that vinegar treatment improved insulin sensitivity in 19 percent of individuals with type 2 diabetes and 34 percent of those with pre-diabetes.4

Yet another study found taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes by up to 6 percent by the morning.5

Heart Health

Vinegar supports heart health in multiple ways. As explained in the Journal of Food Science:6

“Polyphenols such as chlorogenic acid, which is present in high levels in apple cider vinegar, could inhibit oxidation of LDLs and improve health by preventing cardiovascular diseases.”

One study showed that vinegar could lower cholesterol in laboratory rats,7 while another study on rats found their blood pressure could be lowered by the acetic acid in vinegar.8

Vinegar has also been found to decrease triglyceride levels and VLDL levels (the damaging form of cholesterol) in animal studies.9

Weight Loss

Vinegar may help you lose weight, as it appears to have an anti-obesity effect by increasing satiety and reducing the total amount of food consumed.

For instance, when volunteers consumed a small amount of vinegar along with a high-carb meal (a bagel and juice) they consumed less food for the remainder of the day. The reduction equated to about 200 to 275 calories a day – an amount that would result in a monthly weight loss of up to 1.5 pounds.10

In addition, separate research found taking vinegar along with bread not only lowered glucose and insulin responses, but also increased levels of satiety. The rating of satiety was directly related to the acetic acid level in the vinegar.11

Sinus Congestion

Apple cider vinegar helps to break up and reduce mucous in your body, helping to clear your sinuses. It also has antibacterial properties, making it useful for infections. Here’s what to do:12

1.Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of warm filtered water, and then stir until it’s thoroughly mixed.

2.Pour some of the mixture into your palm (make sure you wash your hands first) and then snort it up one nostril at a time. Plug the other nostril with the other hand. Repeat to the other side.

Sore Throat

The antibacterial properties in apple cider vinegar may be useful for sore throats as well. Gargle with a mixture of about one-third cup of apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water as needed. You can also use undiluted ACV for this:13

1.Sip a small of amount of undiluted apple cider vinegar.

2.If you can withstand it, repeat several times a day.

3.There should be a 30-minute gap in between each sip. Make sure to drink water after each dose.

Acid Reflux and Other Digestive Ailments

Acid reflux typically results from having too little acid in your stomach. You can easily improve the acid content of your stomach by taking one tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water daily. The pectin in apple cider vinegar may also help to soothe intestinal spasms.

In addition, ACV not only effectively stimulates digestive juices that help the body break down food, but it also contains healthy acids like isobutryic, acetic, propionic and lactic acid that can control the growth of unwanted yeast and bacteria in your stomach and throughout your body.14

Skin Irritations

Apple cider vinegar works for a variety of skin ailments, from bug bites to poison ivy to sunburn. You can either apply it directly to the irritated area or try soaking in a bath with about one cup of vinegar added.

Warts

Topical application of apple cider vinegar may help remove warts, likely because of the high levels of acetic acid it contains.15You can try soaking a cotton ball in vinegar and applying it to the wart, covered, overnight.

1.Soak a cotton ball in ACV.

2.Applying the cotton ball over the wart and keep it well covered.

3.Leave it on overnight, and remove in the morning.

Energy Boost

Apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes to help banish fatigue. Plus, its amino acids may help prevent the buildup of lactic acid in your body, further preventing fatigue.16

Boost Liver Detoxification

Studies found that ACV plays a role in liver detoxification, and may stimulate circulation. It also has healing properties that can affect the skin and blood and eliminate harmful environmental toxins in the body. Apple cider vinegar can also cleanse the lymph nodes and promote better lymph circulation, which can contribute to improved immune system response.

Candida Overgrowth

Too much Candida bacteria, which is actually a naturally occurring yeast, in your body has been linked to many different health issues, including yeast infections, fatigue, poor memory, depression, headaches, sugar cravings.

Candida overgrowth usually happens when the body is too acidic from excessive intake of processed foods or sugar, or if there’s insufficient good bacteria in your system. Because ACV is fermented with a beneficial yeast, it can serves as a prebiotic for healthy bacteria, essentially helping good bacteria grow.

Apple Cider Vinegar Uses Around Your Home

Generally, you can use distilled white vinegar for household use and the cider vinegars, made from fermenting fruits such as apples, for consumption. However, if you prefer you can use apple cider vinegar around your home as well.

Natural Cleaning

Vinegar is one of the best natural cleaning agents there is, and this is largely due to its antimicrobial properties. When added to food, the organic acids in vinegar (especially the acetic acid) pass into cell membranes to kill bacteria.  Foods fermented with vinegar have a natural arsenal of antimicrobial organic acids, including acetic, lactic, ascorbic, citric, malic, propionic, succinic, and tartaric acids.

One study found acetic acid to be lethal to even E. coli O157:H7, while other research has shown substances such as acetic acid, lemon juice, or a combination of lemon juice and vinegar to be effective against salmonella.17

Weed Killer

Vinegar is very effective to control weeds in your garden. Howard Garrett, also known as The Dirt Doctor, shared his recipe for vinegar-based herbicide (this spray will injure any plant it touches, so use it only on those you want to remove):

Herbicide Formula

1 gallon of 10 percent (100 grain) vinegar

Add 1 ounce orange oil or d-limonene

Add 1 tablespoon molasses (optional – some say it doesn’t help)

1 teaspoon liquid soap or other surfactant (such as Bio Wash)

Do not add water

Neutralize Odors

Apple cider vinegar in a bowl will help to neutralize odors in your home.

Fruit and Veggie Wash

Vinegar is one of the best natural agents for removing certain pesticides and bacteria from your fresh produce. Try a solution of 10 percent vinegar to 90 percent water as a bath to briefly soak produce. Just place your veggies or fruit in the solution, swish them around, and rinse thoroughly (don’t use this process on fragile fruits like berries since they could be damaged in the process or soak up too much vinegar through their porous skins).

Natural Polishing Agent

Apple cider vinegar can be used to polish different metals:18

For silver: Mix half a cup of vinegar with 2 tablespoons baking soda. Soak the silver for a few hours and then rinse.

For brass, bronze and copper: Create a paste by mixing equal parts salt and vinegar, and then coat the items completely, rubbing them until the tarnish is gone. Rinse with cold water and dry with a clean towel.

Hygiene and Beauty Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

You might even want to keep some apple cider vinegar in your bathroom cabinet…

Hair Rinse

Apple cider vinegar helps remove product build-up and balance your scalp’s pH level. Try a weekly rinse of one-third cup of vinegar mixed with four cups of water. For dandruff, do this instead:19

1.Spraying your scalp with equal parts vinegar and water (mixed).

2.Wrap a towel around your head and leave it to sit for an hour.

3.Wash out and repeat up to twice a week.

Facial Toner

Diluted apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball makes a simple facial toner and cleanser to help prevent breakouts. It might even help bruises to fade faster.

Deodorant

Apple cider vinegar helps kill odor-causing bacteria, so dab a bit under your arms for a natural deodorant.

Oral Health

Gargling with diluted apple cider vinegar can help to eliminate bad breath and whiten teeth. Keep in mind, however, that apple cider vinegar is highly acidic. The main ingredient is acetic acid, which is quite harsh, so you should always dilute it with water before swallowing.

Pure, straight apple cider vinegar could damage your tooth enamel or the tissues of your mouth and throat. (There is, in fact, one reported incident of long-term esophageal damage to a woman who got an apple cider vinegar supplement capsule stuck in her throat.)

Foot Odor and Body Odor

Wiping your feet down with apple cider vinegar can help to eliminate odor-causing bacteria and smells from your feet. Rubbing it on your armpit20 can also help neutralize body odor.

Soothing Aftershave

Throw away your artificial chemical-based aftershave and settle for ACV instead. Just dilute it in an equal portion of clean water, shake well, and then apply to your face after shaving.21

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar in Your Cooking

There are many creative ways to use apple cider in cooking. Try it in homemade marinades and sauces, soups, or even smoothies. You can even add it to baked goods (it will add extra lift) and, of course, use it in salad dressing (try it mixed with olive oil, garlic, and mustard, for instance).22

Vinegar is good on fish as well and serves as a great tenderizing marinade for meat, giving it a good bit of zing. And it’s tasty drizzled over cooked greens or as a base for a cucumber salad. You can also try your hand at pickled vegetables using vinegar.

Vinegar is also a vital addition to homemade bone broth. When it comes to making broth, the vinegar helps leach all those valuable minerals from the bones into the stockpot water, which is ultimately what you’ll be eating. The goal is to extract as many minerals as possible out of the bones into the broth water.

If you’re consuming vinegar for therapeutic reasons but don’t enjoy the flavor, you can alternatively consume other fermented foods to get the beneficial acids. This will then also help to recolonize your gut with beneficial bacteria. However, vinegar is easier and certainly safe to use, so you can certainly include it in your diet if you enjoy it.

Choose Your Vinegar Wisely: Avoid Distilled Vinegar

Distilled white vinegar is excellent for cleaning and laundry, but for health purposes you’ll want to avoid the perfectly clear, “sparkling clean” varieties you commonly see on grocery store shelves. Instead, you want organic, unfiltered, unprocessed vinegar, which is murky.

As mentioned, that murkiness is caused by a cobweb-like substance called the “mother,” and it is indicative of a high-quality product. Finally, if you are considering taking apple cider vinegar medicinally, long-term excessive use could conceivably cause low potassium levels and can adversely affect your bone density – so moderation is important.

In addition, apple cider vinegar could theoretically interact with diuretics, laxatives, and medicines for diabetes and heart disease. If you are under the care of a physician and you want to try a course of apple cider vinegar, talk to your physician first to make sure it won’t interfere with any of the medications you are currently taking.

Advanced Added Bonus for Even MORE Benefits

You can consider using fermented vegetables. Like vinegar, it is a mild acid but instead of acetic acid like vinegar, it has lactic acid. In addition to being useful for many of the items above, properly fermented vegetables will provide you with two major benefits, they will help to replenish and improve your gut microbiome, and if a high vitamin K2 starter culture is used they will also provide you with useful doses of vitamin K2, which is every bit as important as vitamin D and works synergistically with vitamin D.

38 Different Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Can Save Your Life.


The list of apple cider vinegar benefits seems to grow almost every day. With so many different lists around it gets hard to keep track. That’s why we’ve collected a sampling of some of the best lists around all in one place! Enjoy! 

First off a list from FoodMatters.tv of 8 scientifically proven benefits:

Raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized, apple cider vinegar is so much more than a salad dressing! Here are 8 proven benefits of apple cider vinegar that you may have never realised!

1. Apple Cider Vinegar is Rich in Acetic Acid

Results of a research study in Japan suggest that acetic acid may help control blood pressure and fat accumulation. Investigators in Europe looked at the influence of sodium acetate and acetic acid on blood glucose and other biological responses to a mixed meal in healthy subjects.

But acetic acid is not vinegar, it is a bacteria found in vinegar that is a byproduct of the fermentation process and as you go along this article, you’ll find out that this bacteria is responsible for the other benefits below.

During the fermentation process, the acetic acid bacteria grow inside the liquid and as the fermentation process goes along it slowly grows to become a nontoxic slime. People call it the “mother”.

There are vinegar manufacturers that remove the “mother” using a filtration process but if you’re thinking of consuming this or adding it to a juice recipe, avoid using distilled vinegar but opt for the raw, unfiltered variety that contains the mother. This ingredient is responsible for the tart flavor and the biting odor of vinegar. Acetic acid content in vinegar varies between 4 to 7% in distilled vinegar and 5 to 6% in wine vinegar. Bragg unfiltered ACV (one of the more popular brands) contains 5.14% of acetic acid.

Tip: The FDA says that diluted acetic acid is not vinegar and should not be added into any food product that is expected to contain vinegar.

2. Has Cancer-Fighting Properties

Cancer is a silent killer in that the symptoms don’t manifest itself until it is in a stage where there is little that you can do to cure it. In 2014 over 1.6 million people in the United States tested positive for cancer and there were over half a million deaths (it is the 4th common cause of death in the USA). Research has shown that vinegar can at least shrink and kill some types of cancer cells.

One study was done in China, where they discovered that vegetable and vinegar consumption reduced the risk of oesophageal cancer. However in a separate study done in Serbia, results showed that vinegar consumption increased bladder cancer 4.4 times. Based on these studies, vinegar is found to have anti-tumor properties thanks to the acetic acid bacteria but may provide various effects depending on the type of cancer.

3. It is a Proven Disinfectant and Bacteria Killer

Before any scientific study was done, Hippocrates has been using vinegar to treat woundsover 2,000 years ago and modern research has proven that vinegar can kill some types of bacteria like E. coli and S. aureus. It isn’t as effective as commercial products like Clorox, but it does not have chemicals in it so it is safe to use in washing produce and is also known as a natural food preservative.

4. Lowers Bad Cholesterol and Prevent Cardiovascular Disease

One of the biggest risk factors of having high cholesterol is it can lead to various heart ailments. Once bad cholesterol clogs the arteries, there is a huge risk of cardiac arrest.

Apple cider vinegar can help lower because it contains chlorogenic acids that help lower LDL or bad cholesterol, preventing it from accumulating and crystalizing in the bloodstream. Take note that the research done was only done to rats which may or may not translate to same results on humans. One study was done on over 70,000 women showed that an increased intake of oil and vinegar salad dressing reduced the risk of ischemic heart disease.

5. Prevents the onset of Diabetes by lowering Postprandial Glycemia

For those who don’t know postprandial glycemia simply refers to the elevated blood sugar levels that occur after a meal – this is a big factor why pre-diabetics progress to type 2 diabetics.The term pre-diabetes means that an individual has elevated blood glucose levels but not high enough to be considered as type-2 diabetes. If left undiagnosed it can lead to type 2 diabetes in 10 years or less. Researchers from Arizona University found out that drinking vinegar juice that included 20 grams of apple cider vinegar, 49 grams of water and 1 teaspoon of saccharine after a meal (bagel and orange juice) resulted in a 35% decrease.

Another way to lower down postprandial glycemia is walking around for 15 minutes after a meal instead of sitting down like most of us do.

6. Reduces Bacterial Infections on Teeth

In a test done on 100 teeth that were exposed to the E. faecalis, bacteria had shown that apple cider vinegar was able to reduce bacterial count but not completely remove it. The test was done on teeth extracted through a root canal and not live teeth inside the mouth.

7. Research Says That Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help Type-2 Diabetics Improve Insulin Sensitivity

In a study done by the American Diabetes Association in 2004, 3 groups of people were given a concoction of 20 grams apple cider vinegar, 40 grams of water and a teaspoon of saccharine and after 2 minutes were given a meal that consisted of a white bagel, orange juice and butter.

These 3 groups include people with type 2 diabetes and non-diabetic individuals who are either insulin sensitive (these are control subjects) or insulin resistant. 29 people in all participated in the study.

The study revealed that apple cider vinegar increased insulin sensitivity in insulin-resistant individuals by 34% and type 2 diabetics by 19% [20]. Dr. Mercola who also cited the study said that the type 2 diabetics who participated in the study improved blood glucose levels by 25% while pre-diabetics had lower blood glucose compared to healthy individuals (control subjects) who participated.

8. Vinegar Can Help in Losing Weight

There has been a new study done by Japanese researchers that acetic acid found in vinegar could prevent the accumulation of body fat. One test was done with mice, the other with people.

The test  was done on mice (the latest study): In their study laboratory, scientists fed two groups of mice with a high-fat diet. Afterwards, one group was given acetic acid and one group was not. The mice that were given acetic acid developed less body fat (up to 10%) compared to mice that were not given acetic acid.

Test done on people: 175 obese but healthy people were divided into two groups. Both groups had a similar diet but one group had plain water and the other had some vinegar. At the end of 12 weeks the people who had the vinegar lost an average of 1 to 2 pounds. But whilst vinegar may have properties that can break down fats, nothing beats exercise and eating the right food to really shift any excess weight!

Then there is this great list of 23 benefits from Healthy Holistic Living. Some highlights include: 

6. Detoxifying

In a world filled with so many toxins, we should all be taking precautionary measures by incorporating protective foods into our diets. We’ve discussed many of the sources of toxins in previous articles so we won’t be overly redundant in this article.

The unique acids in ACV bind to toxins and allow us to release them more effectively.

You can also utilize the medicine of ACV by adding a cup to a hot bath with some epsom salts, to kickstart your lymphatic system into releasing toxins (6).

8. Candida

If you aren’t familiar with candida overgrowth, consider yourself lucky. Candida is a parasitic bacteria which cause yeast overgrowth leading to low energy, poor digestion, yeast infections, canker sores and other uncomfortable symptoms.

Candida overgrowth occurs often when a person has a poor diet, high in refined sugar and carbohydrates, and it can take over when the gut flora compromised by antibiotic use or birth control.

ACV is an effective tool in the kit of someone trying to rid themselves of draining candida. You can also look at lemon water as a possible solution when treating Candida.

It works by helping promote better digestion and an acid/alkaline balance more aligned with promoting healthy bacteria to once again thrive in the gut (8).

Vinegar has been used since time eternal as a cure for foot fungus and is great for killing molds.

Since yeast is a fungus it makes sense that ACV would help in keeping the parasite at bay, even though to date there hasn’t been any specific analysis of ACV directly as a candida killer.

14. Prevents Muscle Fatigue After Exercise

Muscle fatigue can often be a symptom of mineral and electrolyte depletion. To make sure the body has ample electrolyte stores take a Tbs of ACV with water before a workout. The natural pH of our bodies when it’s in balance create an environment where elimination of excess lactic acid in the muscles easily occurs, this stasis also plays a crucial role in oxygenating our bodies during exercise (18).

And finally this list of 7 from Fitness Republic. Some new ones include: 

Reduce Sunburns and Insect Stings

If you feel sunburn or bug bite, Apple cider vinegar can help treat this problem. If sunburn occurs, use Apple Cider Vinegar and water in equal proportions and apply to the skin with a cotton fabric to reduce burn. Also, you can relax in shower with moderately hot water and a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar. For pest stings, apply Apple Cider Vinegar straight to the infected area.

Cures Dandruff

Apple Cider Vinegar is very efficient at fighting fight dandruff. Blend it with equivalent proportions of water and put on your scalp with a cloth or a spraying bottle. Keep on for 60-120 minutes with a bathing cap and then rinse. To achieve maximum results, this should be done at least once or twice a week.

4 Lessons Learned From Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar With Every Meal.


 

Apple Cider vinegar has been used for Medicinal purposes for at least 12,000 years, in Assyria Babylon, used by the Egyptians and it was used by the Greeks 2,400 years ago.

4 Lessons Learned From Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar With Every Meal

Apple cider vinegar is fermented juice from crushed apples. This fermented juice, is likely to contain vitamins and minerals found in the apples the cider is produced from. These vitamins and minerals include:

Vitamins B1
Vitamin B2
Vitamin B6
Vitamin C
significant amounts of Acetic and Citric Acid
Biotin
Folic acid
Niacin
Pantothenic acid
some pectin
Sodium
Phosphorous
Potassium
Calcium
Iron
Magnesium
Incorporating apple cider vinegar into your diet will be beneficial to your health and it’s easy to do.

Use it in your salad dressings, mayonnaise and in your favorite cooking recipes.
Some choose to dilute it in water or within their favorite beverage and drink it. 1-2 teaspoons to 1-2 tablespoons daily is the average recommended intake for the beneficial properties of apple cider vinegar.
2 tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water twice a day, mixed with a tablespoon of honey, is said to cure the common cold, flu and cancer, help with weight loss and its a great wound and scar treatment.

4 Lessons Learned From Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar With Every Meal

1. The body is able to utilize the iron from the foods we ingests when accompanied by Apple cider vinegar. The acid helps release iron within the food we eat.
Iron is a key component of hemoglobin and myoglobin which are responsible for carrying oxygen to cells throughout the body. Oxygen is essential to burn calories which turns into energy for our body.

2. Apple cider vinegar can be useful for people with diabetes and pre-diabetes*, benefitting insulin function and blood sugar levels. It significantly lowers blood glucose and insulin responses, reduces blood sugar and ingesting 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime can reduce fasting blood sugars by 4%.

3. Several human studies suggest apple cider vinegar can help you eat fewer calories and burn those calories for energy, thereby helping you to loose weight.

Eating high-carb meals with apple cider vinegar can increase feelings of fullness. Studies have found people are likely to eat 200-275 fewer calories for the rest of the day.

A study in obese individuals showed that “daily vinegar consumption led to reduced belly fat, waist circumference, lower blood triglycerides and weight loss.” The study was conducted over a twelve week period.

These are the results:
•1 tablespoon: Lost 2.6 pounds
•2 tablespoons: Lost 3.7 pounds
It is considered to be healthier and more likely to maintain weight loss when it has been achieved in a gradual process like these test results suggest.

4. In China, apple cider vinegar ingestion is linked to decreased esophageal cancer. it is also possible that apple cider vinegar may help to prevent cancer, based on current research.

It is essential when attempting to naturally cure to cancer, to alkalize the body. Regular vinegar has a neutral pH ash factor. When trying to achieve a more alkaline internal pH level, taking baking soda with the apple cider vinegar will cut down on the bicarbonates the pancreas has to produce. This treatment should further help to alkalize and oxygenate the body which creates an environment that is difficult for cancer to grow, let alone survive.

Other benefits of Apple cider vinegar:

  • Slow digestion (gastroparesis)
  • Soothes leg cramps and pain
  • Settles the stomach
  • Soothes sore throats
  • Assists with sinus problems
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Calms arthritis pain
  • Prevents and fights infections
  • Strengthens weak bones (osteoporosis)
  • Improves circulation.
  • Fights and soothes acne
  • Soothes and promotes healing after a sunburn
  • Combats the ailments associated with shingles
  • Soothes bites and prevents infections
  • Treats and prevents dandruff
  • Fights vaginal infections (vaginitis)
  • Varicose Veins
  • Hives
  • Tinnitus
  • Nose Bleed
  • Nail Fungus
  • Morning Sickness
  • Jelly Fish Stings
  • Insomnia
  • Hot Flashes
  • Hiccups
  • Muscular Cramps
  • Eczema
  • Ear Infection
  • Diarrhea
  • Diaper Rash
  • Corns
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Chicken Pox
  • Cataracts
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Bladder Infection
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Aging
  • Age Spots
  • Acid Reflux/Indigestion Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Food Poisoning
  • Gallbladder Disorders
  • Head Lice
  • Heat Exhaustion
  • Impetigo
  • Kidney Stones
  • Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Night Sweats
  • Swimmers Ear
  • Moles
  • Pet Sickness
  • Gout
  • Menstrual Issues
  • Flatulence
  • Cough
  • Constipation
  • Athletes Foot
  • Hair Loss
  • Cuts
  • Warts
  • Yeast Infections
  • Headaches
  • Colds and Flu
  • Bruising
  • Poison-Oak/Poison-Ivy
  • Burns
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Canker Sores

*If you’re currently taking blood sugar lowering medications, then check with your doctor beforeincreasing your intake of apple cider vinegar.

 

THEY SAID APPLE CIDER VINEGAR IS GREAT FOR YOU, BUT THIS IS WHAT THEY DIDN’T TELL YOU


Natural and uninstalled apple cedar vinegar is a mighty healing and cleansing elixir, a naturally occurring antibiotic, as well as antiseptic which fight germs and bacteria.

These are the health benefits of apple cedar vinegar:

  • Arthritis – combined with honey it can be used for treating arthritis. You can apply it externally for treating joint pain. You can drink a glass of water with 2 tsp of AVC and 2 tsp of honey 3 times a day. The affected place can be soaked in a solution of ACV for 10 minutes 2-3 times a day (1/4 cup of ACV and ½ cup of water). Poultice can also be made by soaking a cloth in a mixture of ACV and water and then wrap the place, securing it with a dry cloth to retain the heat. When the wet cloth cools down, wring it out in the hot solution and apply a fresh one. Repeat this procedure for couple of times.
  • Eczema – Take the usual dosage of ACV and honey with water and consume it 3 times a day with your meals. You can apply diluted ACV to the skin for couple of times a day (1 tsp to a half cup of water). Do not take salt because it will aggravate the condition considerably. People who suffer from eczema are usually potassium deficient.
  • Asthma – add 1 tbsp. of ACV in a glass of water and sip it for half an hour. Repeat the treatment after another half hour. If the wheezing still persists then you can take a second glass. A beneficial treatment can be deep breathing exercises.
  • Blood loss – in circumstances where the blood flow is too free and is too persistent like a nose bleeding without any apparent reason, then you can take 2 tsp of ACV in a glass of water 3 times per day. It will aid in restoring the natural clotting properties of the blood.
  • Colitis – add 2 tsp of ACV and honey with water 3 times per day. An enema of a tsp or more of molasses can also help.
  • Tired and sore eyes – take 2 tsp of both ACV and honey should be put in a glass of water, 3 times per day. The onset of the tired and sore eyes will be retarded.
  • Fatigue – when chronic fatigue appears then it means that the body needs attention. Most of the people affected with this condition do not have enough sleep. In order to cure a poor quality sleep, you can consume honey as it acts like a sedative to the body. After you take it, 20 minutes will be enough for it to be digested and absorbed in the body. It is a predigested sugar that has been digested into the stomach of the honey bee, requiring no effort on the part of the human stomach for digestion. Make a mixture of 3 tsp of ACV to a cup of honey and keep it by your bedside. Take the mixture before you go to bed. It will induce sound sleep within 1 hour. If you don’t fall asleep, then repeat the procedure.
  • Hearing – take the normal dosage of ACV 3 times per day.
  • Hemorrhages – ACV helps in blood clot more easily. If a person consumes ACV regularly and cuts themselves, then the wound will dry up almost instantly. If the wounds do not heal quickly, then you can take 2 tsp of ACV mixed with half or a whole glass of water at mealtimes and in between. 6 glasses are needed for the whole day. You can apply a very weak solution of ACV and water over the wound and the cut.
  • High blood pressure – health will be maintained if you are prepared to adjust the living and eating habits as ACV is not the cure, but is only a way towards a healthier and happier life. 2 tsp of ACV and honey should be mixed in a glass of water and be consumed 3-4 times a day.
  • Hiccups – you should drink 1 tsp of ACV neat, or take ACV mixed with water before mealtimes to prevent its occurrence.
  • Heartburn – it usually happens after eating, or up to 2 hours later. Take the usual dosage of ACV and water before the meals.
  • Headaches – some headaches are associated with organic disorders like kidney troubles, others are psychogenic, or tension headaches. There is also the migraine. Honey can help in relieving the pain from headaches. You can prevent the attack by taking 2 tsp of it at each meal. You can also take ACV in equal parts with water, placing it into a small basin on a stove and let it boil slowly. When the fume starts to rise, place your head over it and inhale 50-80 breaths. It will alleviate the pain considerably, if not entirely.
  • Varicose veins – apply undiluted ACV to the affected area in the mornings and in the evenings. Massage well towards the heart. Take ACV and honey 3 times a day (2 tsp each in a glass of water).
  • Itchy scalp – make a solution of ACV (1 tsp) and a glass of water and dip your comb in it. Then comb your hair thoroughly until saturated. Perform it 15 minutes before you wash your hair. The method will help in removing dandruff.
  • External application – ACV is great in cleaning the body, so you can take a bath where you’ll add 1 tsp of ACV to half a glass of water. Pour some mixture in your palm (previously cupped) and put a palmful mixture in the bath. Your skin will return its glory.
  • Teeth – ACV can help in removing tartar deposits. You can brush your teeth with it to whiten them up. Use 1 tsp of ACV in a glass of water for the mouthwash and repeat the procedure every night until you receive the required results. Drink ACV to prevent teeth decay, sore gums, or ulcerated gums, but make sure the solution is not too strong.
  • Sore throat – gargle a mixture of 1 tsp of ACV and water every hour. The second mouthful should be swallowed. Repeat it every hour until the condition improves.
  • Coughs – 2 tsp of ACV and 2 of honey mixed in a glass of water should be taken before meals, or when the irritation occurs. You can keep a glass of the same mixture by your bed so that you can take sips in the evening if the attack appears.
  • Nervousness – take a glassful of water combined with 2 tsp each of ACV and honey, 3 times per day. Eliminate any refined flour and sugar form our diet.
  • Shingles – ACV will alleviate pain from shingles if applied 6 times per day to the affected area (make diluted mixture). You can consume the usual dosage internally.
  • Obesity – take 2 tsp of ACV in a glass of water each morning before the meal and also during the day over a period of some time. Sip the drink during the meal to prevent overeating and promote digestion.
  • Stuffy nose – ACV can be used as an inhalant. Use the method just like the one for headaches. This treatment will help you remove congestion and any inflammation which may result from excessive accumulation of mucous.
  • Nail issues – cider vinegar helps in making the nails stronger and healthier. Each white spot on the nail will be eliminated. Take 2 tsp of ACV in a glass of water 3 times a day.
  • Menstruation – cider vinegar therapy will regulate and normalize profuse bleeding. Take 2 tsp of ACV in a glass of water 3 times a day. Plenty of water should be taken during the period because it will help in speedy elimination.
  • Mucous discharges – take the usual dosage 3 times a day before the meals. Eliminate rye, corn, and wheat from your diet.
  • Hair loss – hair falls out because of a tissue salt deficiency, so the ACV with its properties will re-establish a natural balance and supply the deficiencies where needed. It will maintain the hair’s natural growth and cease the fall out as well as help it grow more rapidly and thickly. It will take 2 months so perseverance is needed. Take 1 tsp of ACV in a glass of water between the meals. You can use the vinegar externally for treating dandruff.
  • Kidneys and bladder – take 2 tsp of ACV in a glass of water 6 times a day. Drink couple of glasses of water in the mornings with 1 tsp of ACV in each drink. You can also consume comfrey tea in the morning with a tsp of ACV for sufficient cleansing action.
  • Hay fever – there is an excess of fluid which the body tries to offload during this condition. Take 1 tbsp. of honey after each meal for a fortnight before the onset of the hay fever season. Then take the ordinary dosage of these 2 ingredients: 2 tsp of ACV and 2 of honey in a glass of water, 3 times a day. Maintain the dosage during the day.
  • Food poisoning – people who regularly consume ACV will never suffer any side effects from food poisoning due to the vinegar’s antiseptic quality that seems to render noxious food harmless.
  • Ear discharge – it usually occurs during childhood. 1 tsp of ACV should be put into a glass of water and be consumed mid morning and mid afternoon. The issue will disappear shortly.
  • Dizziness – take 2 tsp of ACV along with 2 tsp of honey in a glass of hot water 3 times per day. Do not expect instant results because nature works slowly, but effectively. While you progress the intensity if the condition will lessen.
  • Diarrhea – ACV helps with digestion, assimilation, and elimination of food. It is an antiseptic to the intestines and the whole of the digestive tract. You can prepare this treatment: take 1 tsp of ACV in a glass of water and consume it between the meals. 6 glasses during the whole day should be taken. Diarrhea is actually a natural attempt of the body to eliminate poison which irritates the digestive tract. No drugs should be taken to suppress these healing symptoms. ACV will lessen the intensity, allowing the natural course of elimination take place.

Apple cider vinegar stabilizes blood glucose, prevents heart disease and improves weight loss.


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  • Apple cider vinegar is made in a similar process to alcohol.  First the apple cider is exposed to yeast allowing the sugars to ferment into alcohol.  For the second step, healthy bacteria is added to the alcohol, which furthers fermentation of the alcohol, turning it into acetic acid.(1)

The word vinegar means “sour wine.”  Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar contains a “mother” which are strands of protein, enzymes and bacteria that make the vinegar murky.(1)

Vinegar is useful in killing pathogens and bacteria, making it useful for cleaning, disinfecting, and treating fungus, lice, warts, and ear infections.  Vinegar is also a natural food preservative and inhibits E. coli and other bacterias from spoiling the food.(1)

Apple cider vinegar improves insulin sensitivity, lowers blood glucose, and reduces fasting blood sugars!

Apple cider vinegar has been shown to be effective in patients with type 2 diabetes.  In studies, apple cider vinegar has shown to improve insulin sensitivity during a high carb meal by 19-34 percent and significantly lowered blood glucose and insulin response.  Another study showed that it reduced blood sugar by 34 percent when eating 50 grams of white bread.  Studies also show that 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime reduce fasting blood sugars by 4 percent.  It’s also been found that vinegar can increase insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar responses during mealtimes.(1)

Studies also show that apple cider vinegar is effective for weight loss.  Studies show that vinegar increases satiety that results in fewer calories consumed.  Eating vinegar along with a meal results in people consuming 200-275 fewer calories the rest of the day.  One study found that daily consumption of vinegar in obese individuals reduced belly fat, waist circumference, lowered blood triglycerides and improved weight loss.(1)

Apple cider vinegar is effective for weight loss and has been shown to reduce risk of heart disease!

Due to apple cider vinegars effectiveness at lowering cholesterol and triglycerides, it is helpful in improving heart health.  Apple cider vinegar contains antioxidant, chlorogenic acid, which protects against LDL cholesterol particles being oxidized which is a primary step in the process of heart disease.  Other studies show that vinegar reduces blood pressure.  A Harvard observational study found that women who ate salad dressings with vinegar had a reduced risk of heart disease.(1)

Vinegar has also been found to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors in studies.(1)  Apple cider vinegar can also be used to treat dandruff, soothe a sore throat, eliminate food odor, balance digestive system, treat acne, heal a sunburn, and whiten your teeth.(2)

You can use apple cider vinegar as part of a daily routine, adding to homemade salad dressings or fermenting your own foods using it.  You can also dilute 1-2 tsp or 1-2 Tbsp in water and drink this daily.  (1)

Next time you are peeling apples, save the scraps and follow this recipe from theprairiehomestead.com and make your own apple cider vinegar. (3)

Apple Cider Vinegar

Supplies:

  • apple peelings or cores
  • Sugar (1 tablespoon per one cup of water)
  • Water
  • Glass jar (a quart is a great place to start, but you can definitely make larger quantities, too.)

Instructions:

  1. Fill the glass jar ¾ of the way with apple peels and cores.
  2. Stir the sugar into the water until it’s mostly dissolved, and pour over the apple scraps until they are completely covered. (Leave a few inches of room at the top of the jar.)
  3. Cover loosely with coffee filter or fabric scrap secured with a rubber band and set in a warm, dark place for around two weeks.
  4. You can give it a stir every few days, if you like. If any brownish/greyish scum develops on the top, simply skim it off.
  5. Once two weeks has passed, strain the scraps from the liquid.
  6. At this point, the vinegar usually has a pleasantly sweet apple cider smell, but is still missing that lovely tang.
  7. Discard the scraps, and set the strained liquid aside for another 2-4 weeks (3)

Apple Cider Vinegar – One Of The Most Powerful Health Tonics In Your Kitchen


8 Reasons Apple Cider Vinegar Is One Of The Most Powerful Health Tonics In Your Kitchen

 

The question is not what Apple Cider Vinegar can do, but what can’t it do. As a folk remedy, it has been credited with curing everything from the flu to warts or sunburn to dandruff. However, it also can help reverse many serious diseases that many would immediately turn to pharmaceutical medications to solve.

The benefits of apple cider vinegar come from it’s healing compounds which include acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes. Science has verified this through empirical evidence observed through the ages.

Apple cider vinegar can kill head lice, ease digestion, prevent flu, prevent acne, reduce inflammation, kill fungus, regulate pH balance, dissolve kidney stones and helps relieve allergies, migraines, asthma, nausea, heart burn and wash toxins from the body.

Here are 7 more reasons apple cider vinegar is one of the most powerful health tonic in your kitchen.

7 Reasons To Use Apple Cider Vinegar

1) Diabetes.

The effect of apple cider vinegar on blood sugar levels is perhaps the best researched and the most promising of its health benefits. Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower glucose levels. For instance, a study (White, A. Diabetes Care, November 2007) of 11 people with type 2 diabetes found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered glucose levels in the morning by 4%-6%. In another study from Arizona State University, subjects took a drink of 20 grams of apple cider vinegar and 40 grams of water. Those with insulin resistance who drank the vinegar had 34% lower postprandial (after-meal) glucose compared to controls.

Vinegar may be the most cost-effective diabetes medicine in history, but most people with diabetes still aren’t aware of its benefits.

2) Allergies

This miracle vinegar helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Believe it or not, research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches.

3) High Cholesterol.

A 2006 study reported in Medscape General Medicine, showed evidence that ACV could lower cholesterol. In a study published in a foreign medical journal, scientists found an apple cider vinegar-enhanced diet may increase HDL (“good” cholesterol) and reduce levels of triglycerides, while research in rats also suggests that apple-cider vinegar can help control triglycerides and cholesterol (Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, June 22, 2011).

4) Blood Pressure and Heart Health.

A large observational study found that people who ate oil and vinegar dressing on salads five to six times a week had lower rates of heart disease than people who didn’t. Researchers have suggested that ‘this reduction in blood pressure may be caused by the significant reduction in renin activity and the subsequent decrease in angiotensin II’. Potassium in the vinegar ‘balances sodium levels in the body, which aids in maintaining blood pressure within healthy limits’ and ‘apple cider vinegar also contains magnesium, a mineral that works to relax blood vessel walls and thus lower high blood pressure’. Another study in rats also found that vinegar could lower high blood pressure.

5) Restores Acid/Alkaline Balance

Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level, and some ‘alternative’ practitioners recommend using apple cider vinegar to help balance the body’s alkaline/acid levels. The theory behind the alkaline diet is that our blood is slightly alkaline (with a normal pH level of between 7.35 and 7.45) and that our diet should reflect this pH level as the body constantly strives to achieve this state of equilibrium.

Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) leads to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection. Proponents of the alkaline-acid theory believe that a diet high in acid-producing foods leads to lack of energy, excessive mucous production, infections, anxiety, irritability, headache, sore throat, nasal and sinus congestion, allergic reactions, and increased risk of conditions such as arthritis and gout.

6) Face and Hair Health

It is widely known that apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing to add healthy body and shine. Recycle an old shampoo bottle and fill it with 1/2 a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of cold water. Pour through your hair after shampooing several times a week.

You can also dilute apple cider vinegar with two parts water, and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball as a toner at night after washing, or in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. You can also dab apple cider vinegar directly onto age spots and leave them on overnight to lighten their color.

7) Weight Loss.

For thousands of years, vinegar has been used for weight loss. Why? White vinegar (and perhaps other types) might help people feel full. A study (Ostman, E. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition,2005) of 12 people found that those who ate a piece of bread along with small amounts of vinegar felt fuller and more satisfied than those who just ate the bread.

A 2009 study on mice showed that consuming acetic acid (the active component in ACV), upregulates the expression of genes for fatty acid oxidation enzymes in the liver causing a suppression in body fat accumulation. In a double-blind experiment, obese Japanese were assigned to three different groups based on similar body weights, body mass indexes (BMI), and waist circumference. Each group drank a 500 ml drink containing either 30ml, 15ml, or 0ml of vinegar daily for 12 weeks. Those in the 30ml and 15ml groups had lower BMI, visceral fat area, waist circumference, serum triglyceride, and body weight to the control group of 0ml. The 12-week weight losses were modest: 1.2kg in the 15ml group and 1.7kg in the 30ml group. These two groups consumed a similar number of calories to the control group and also performed a similar amount of exercise, so the effect is not likely to have been due to an impact on appetite or other lifestyle changes. It was concluded that consumption of vinegar might reduce obesity.

Final Note.

Unpasteurized or organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) contains mother of vinegar, which has a cobweb-like appearance and can make the vinegar look slightly congealed. It’s the best way apple cider vinegar should be consumed.

Apple Cider Vinegar – 23 Research Backed Benefits (11 is a must read)


Apple Cider Vinegar has a plethora of useful and medicinal properties. There have been resources written on all the amazing benefits that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has regarding multiple physical ailments as well as cleaning and DIY purposes.

ACV is a cheap and effective multi-purpose cleaner, you can add it to your water, tea and salad dressings for a refreshing zing and capitalize on the multiple health benefits you’ll be receiving.

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Why All The Fuss Over Apple Cider Vinegar?

The word vinegar translates to vin aigre, is french for “sour wine”. The medicinal uses of vinegar date way back to when it was discovered in 5000 BC by a courtier in Babylonia.

Apple Cider Vinegar has a plethora of useful and medicinal properties. There have been resources written on all the amazing benefits that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has regarding multiple physical ailments as well as cleaning and DIY purposes.

ACV is a cheap and effective multi-purpose cleaner, you can add it to your water, tea and salad dressings for a refreshing zing and capitalize on the multiple health benefits you’ll be receiving.

Why All The Fuss Over Apple Cider Vinegar?

The word vinegar translates to vin aigre, is french for “sour wine”. The medicinal uses of vinegar date way back to when it was discovered in 5000 BC by a courtier in Babylonia.

MD’s during the 18th century used it as a multi purpose treatment for ailments like dropsy, stomach ache and even for managing diabetes (1).

Columbus had barrels of apple cider vinegar on his ships to prevent scurvy. Apple cider vinegar was used during the civil war to disinfect wounds and Japanese Samurai’s drank it for strength and power.

Hippocrates used vinegar to treat seventeen different conditions (2) ranging from ulcers to fractures.

Apple Cider Vinegar is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, it’s various enzymes help with digestion and 1 Tbs equals is just 3 calories.

1. Cleaning

ACV combined with 2 parts water makes an effective natural disinfectant solution for all surfaces (3).

It’s amazingly affordable compared to commercial natural cleaning products and the smell is really pleasant, you could add a few drops of thieves oil and have a great antibacterial spray for countertops, bathroom, kitchen and carpet deodorizer.

2. Hair rinse

There’s a new hair craze on the rise and it relies on the simple method of using baking soda as a shampoo and ACV as a conditioning hair rinse.

Instead of spending loads on junk free shampoos and conditioners, this “no poo” (short for shampoo, not the other stuff) method of hair care works really well and makes your hair super soft.

Thanks to the pH balancing effects that ACV has, anecdotal reports claim it can add shine, softness and break down build up from other hair products.

3. Dandruff and Thinning Hair

The high acidity and powerful enzyme in ACV kill the bacteria responsible for dandruff and hair loss, bottle bacilli, and stimulates our hair natural oils to secrete more effectively and moisturize our scalps better. I also recommend using coconut oil for a dry scalp treatment.

Saturate the scalp with ACV and let it sit for a few hours if you can, use the same treatment for thinning hair and itchy scalp (4).

4. Pets

ACV is a great remedy for repelling fleas from your dogs skin, it’s totally safe to use so you don’t have to worry about your pet getting sick from licking afterwards.

It works on pets the same way that it works on humans, re-establishing the proper acid mantle of the skin to repel microbes and other pests.

You can also add Apple Cider Vinegar to your pets food to keep a healthy pH balance in their gut and to prevent allergies, deter parasites, ringworm, ticks, fungus and other microbes from invading.

A 50 lb. dog would get about 2 tsp per day with food, and if you wanted to use ACV externally you could mix it 50:50 with water and put it in a spray bottle, saturating the dogs coat once per day (5).

5. Skin Toner

Most skin care products are on the alkaline side of the pH scale, some people try everything for their skin problems but nothing seems to work! The issue is most products are harming the acid mantle, a protective layer on our skin.

ACV is great because it’s acidity is closer to the natural pH of our skin, which keeps the acid mantle intact to do its job, protecting against germs and foreign bacteria which can be perpetuating the skin problem.

If you want to try ACV as a toner, just combine one part ACV with two to three parts water, you’ll want to add more water for very sensitive skin.

Apply this concoction to your face after cleansing and allow it to absorb into your skin.

6. Detoxifying

In a world filled with so many toxins, we should all be taking precautionary measures by incorporating protective foods into our diets. We’ve discussed many of the sources of toxins in previous articles so we won’t be overly redundant in this article.

The unique acids in ACV bind to toxins and allow us to release them more effectively.

You can also utilize the medicine of ACV by adding a cup to a hot bath with some epsom salts, to kickstart your lymphatic system into releasing toxins (6).

7. Allergies and Congestion

Not only does ACV help break up mucous, it also has a natural anti-histamine effect.

Whether your suffering from seasonal allergies, environmental or pet related, ACV can lessen the sneezy, wheezy, uncomfortable symptoms (7).

8. Candida

If you aren’t familiar with candida overgrowth, consider yourself lucky. Candida is a parasitic bacteria which cause yeast overgrowth leading to low energy, poor digestion, yeast infections, canker sores and other uncomfortable symptoms.

Candida overgrowth occurs often when a person has a poor diet, high in refined sugar and carbohydrates, and it can take over when the gut flora compromised by antibiotic use or birth control.

ACV is an effective tool in the kit of someone trying to rid themselves of draining candida. You can also look at lemon water as a possible solution when treating Candida.

It works by helping promote better digestion and an acid/alkaline balance more aligned with promoting healthy bacteria to once again thrive in the gut (8).

Vinegar has been used since time eternal as a cure for foot fungus and is great for killing molds.

Since yeast is a fungus it makes sense that ACV would help in keeping the parasite at bay, even though to date there hasn’t been any specific analysis of ACV directly as a candida killer.

9. Reduces Heart Burn and Acid Reflux

One of the most common health complaints people have is heart burn. It’s a symptom of the SAD (Standard American Diet) lifestyle because acid reflux only occurs when we’re depleted inhydrochloric acid (HcL).

HcL production is low in people who have sub optimal gut flora, meaning the aren’t eating enough cultured/fermented foods and have likely taken some sort of antibiotic in the past which has killed off the natural beneficial bacteria.

Stomach acid is the first line of defense against microbes, but when the stomach pH isn’t low enough, pathogens may grow around the esophageal sphincter and paralyze the muscle, allowing food to relax back up the esophagus (9).

Taking a Tbs of raw ACV with each meal ensures that the stomach acid will be acidic enough to do it’s job in making sure to kill off harmful microbes and start the process of digestion (10).

10. Effective in Treating High Cholesterol

There has yet to be a study done on effects of ACV on humans with high cholesterol but a study in 2006 found rats fed ACV for 19 days had drastic reduction in total cholesterol and triglyceride levels (11).

There’s also an antioxidant called chlorogenic acid present in ACV which has been found to LDL cholesterol particles from becoming oxidized (12).

11. Antiglycemic Effect

Plenty of human studies have been done on the effect vinegar has on insulin response and blood glucose levels after a meal (13). I think it’s important that everyone understands what insulin is and does in our bodies. Insulin plays a critical role in the way our body uses food. The primary function is decreasing the concentration of glucose (sugar) in your blood stream.

Every time you eat your body begins to break down the food into glucose, which goes into your blood stream. Your pancreas reacts to the surge in glucose by releasing insulin which cleans the the sugar from your blood. A portion of the glucose runs through the liver where it’s converted to glycogen to be used by your muscles.

Then insulin converts any left over glucose into fatty acids stored in the form of fat cells as an energy source later. Our bodies crave sugar, and so much of what we buy in the grocery store has added sugar as a result.

Many are developing a resistance to insulin which means that your body has has so much insulin secreted that it starts to ignore it and the sugar stays in the blood stream which is not a good thing. This can develop into diabetes and permanent health damages.

Vinegar also has the effect of suppressing the appetite and increasing feeling of satiety. (14)

ACV may also lower the glycemic response to starchy carbohydrates (15).

With diabetes being as prevalent as it is today it’s comforting to know that something as simple as vinegar may perhaps be an effective treatment.

12. Preventative

Cancer is devastating and debilitating, almost all of us have loved ones who have been affected by this heinous disease. There’s so much research in the realm of cancer prevention, a healthy diet and lifestyle are of the utmost importance.

The acetic acid present in ACV has been found in a number of cell and animal studies to have anti-tumor properties (16). We are in no way claiming that apple cider vinegar is a cure for cancer or tumors, ongoing research and testing is a step in the right direction.

The amazing thing is that we can incorporate disease preventative foods like this one easily into our daily regime, there are no harmful side effects, and no risk of overdose, so why not?

MD’s during the 18th century used it as a multi purpose treatment for ailments like dropsy, stomach ache and even for managing diabetes (1).

Columbus had barrels of apple cider vinegar on his ships to prevent scurvy. Apple cider vinegar was used during the civil war to disinfect wounds and Japanese Samurai’s drank it for strength and power.

Hippocrates used vinegar to treat seventeen different conditions (2) ranging from ulcers to fractures.

Apple Cider Vinegar is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, it’s various enzymes help with digestion and 1 Tbs equals is just 3 calories.

1. Cleaning

ACV combined with 2 parts water makes an effective natural disinfectant solution for all surfaces (3).

It’s amazingly affordable compared to commercial natural cleaning products and the smell is really pleasant, you could add a few drops of thieves oil and have a great antibacterial spray for countertops, bathroom, kitchen and carpet deodorizer.

2. Hair rinse

There’s a new hair craze on the rise and it relies on the simple method of using baking soda as a shampoo and ACV as a conditioning hair rinse.

Instead of spending loads on junk free shampoos and conditioners, this “no poo” (short for shampoo, not the other stuff) method of hair care works really well and makes your hair super soft.

Thanks to the pH balancing effects that ACV has, anecdotal reports claim it can add shine, softness and break down build up from other hair products.

3. Dandruff and Thinning Hair

The high acidity and powerful enzyme in ACV kill the bacteria responsible for dandruff and hair loss, bottle bacilli, and stimulates our hair natural oils to secrete more effectively and moisturize our scalps better. I also recommend using coconut oil for a dry scalp treatment.

Saturate the scalp with ACV and let it sit for a few hours if you can, use the same treatment for thinning hair and itchy scalp (4).

4. Pets

ACV is a great remedy for repelling fleas from your dogs skin, it’s totally safe to use so you don’t have to worry about your pet getting sick from licking afterwards.

It works on pets the same way that it works on humans, re-establishing the proper acid mantle of the skin to repel microbes and other pests.

You can also add Apple Cider Vinegar to your pets food to keep a healthy pH balance in their gut and to prevent allergies, deter parasites, ringworm, ticks, fungus and other microbes from invading.

A 50 lb. dog would get about 2 tsp per day with food, and if you wanted to use ACV externally you could mix it 50:50 with water and put it in a spray bottle, saturating the dogs coat once per day (5).

5. Skin Toner

Most skin care products are on the alkaline side of the pH scale, some people try everything for their skin problems but nothing seems to work! The issue is most products are harming the acid mantle, a protective layer on our skin.

ACV is great because it’s acidity is closer to the natural pH of our skin, which keeps the acid mantle intact to do its job, protecting against germs and foreign bacteria which can be perpetuating the skin problem.

If you want to try ACV as a toner, just combine one part ACV with two to three parts water, you’ll want to add more water for very sensitive skin.

Apply this concoction to your face after cleansing and allow it to absorb into your skin.

6. Detoxifying

In a world filled with so many toxins, we should all be taking precautionary measures by incorporating protective foods into our diets. We’ve discussed many of the sources of toxins in previous articles so we won’t be overly redundant in this article.

The unique acids in ACV bind to toxins and allow us to release them more effectively.

You can also utilize the medicine of ACV by adding a cup to a hot bath with some epsom salts, to kickstart your lymphatic system into releasing toxins (6).

7. Allergies and Congestion

Not only does ACV help break up mucous, it also has a natural anti-histamine effect.

Whether your suffering from seasonal allergies, environmental or pet related, ACV can lessen the sneezy, wheezy, uncomfortable symptoms (7).

8. Candida

If you aren’t familiar with candida overgrowth, consider yourself lucky. Candida is a parasitic bacteria which cause yeast overgrowth leading to low energy, poor digestion, yeast infections, canker sores and other uncomfortable symptoms.

Candida overgrowth occurs often when a person has a poor diet, high in refined sugar and carbohydrates, and it can take over when the gut flora compromised by antibiotic use or birth control.

ACV is an effective tool in the kit of someone trying to rid themselves of draining candida. You can also look at lemon water as a possible solution when treating Candida.

It works by helping promote better digestion and an acid/alkaline balance more aligned with promoting healthy bacteria to once again thrive in the gut (8).

Vinegar has been used since time eternal as a cure for foot fungus and is great for killing molds.

Since yeast is a fungus it makes sense that ACV would help in keeping the parasite at bay, even though to date there hasn’t been any specific analysis of ACV directly as a candida killer.

9. Reduces Heart Burn and Acid Reflux

One of the most common health complaints people have is heart burn. It’s a symptom of the SAD (Standard American Diet) lifestyle because acid reflux only occurs when we’re depleted inhydrochloric acid (HcL).

HcL production is low in people who have sub optimal gut flora, meaning the aren’t eating enough cultured/fermented foods and have likely taken some sort of antibiotic in the past which has killed off the natural beneficial bacteria.

Stomach acid is the first line of defense against microbes, but when the stomach pH isn’t low enough, pathogens may grow around the esophageal sphincter and paralyze the muscle, allowing food to relax back up the esophagus (9).

Taking a Tbs of raw ACV with each meal ensures that the stomach acid will be acidic enough to do it’s job in making sure to kill off harmful microbes and start the process of digestion (10).

10. Effective in Treating High Cholesterol

There has yet to be a study done on effects of ACV on humans with high cholesterol but a study in 2006 found rats fed ACV for 19 days had drastic reduction in total cholesterol and triglyceride levels (11).

There’s also an antioxidant called chlorogenic acid present in ACV which has been found to LDL cholesterol particles from becoming oxidized (12).

11. Antiglycemic Effect

Plenty of human studies have been done on the effect vinegar has on insulin response and blood glucose levels after a meal (13). I think it’s important that everyone understands what insulin is and does in our bodies. Insulin plays a critical role in the way our body uses food. The primary function is decreasing the concentration of glucose (sugar) in your blood stream.

Every time you eat your body begins to break down the food into glucose, which goes into your blood stream. Your pancreas reacts to the surge in glucose by releasing insulin which cleans the the sugar from your blood. A portion of the glucose runs through the liver where it’s converted to glycogen to be used by your muscles.

Then insulin converts any left over glucose into fatty acids stored in the form of fat cells as an energy source later. Our bodies crave sugar, and so much of what we buy in the grocery store has added sugar as a result.

Many are developing a resistance to insulin which means that your body has has so much insulin secreted that it starts to ignore it and the sugar stays in the blood stream which is not a good thing. This can develop into diabetes and permanent health damages.

Vinegar also has the effect of suppressing the appetite and increasing feeling of satiety. (14)

ACV may also lower the glycemic response to starchy carbohydrates (15).

With diabetes being as prevalent as it is today it’s comforting to know that something as simple as vinegar may perhaps be an effective treatment.

12. Preventative

Cancer is devastating and debilitating, almost all of us have loved ones who have been affected by this heinous disease. There’s so much research in the realm of cancer prevention, a healthy diet and lifestyle are of the utmost importance.

The acetic acid present in ACV has been found in a number of cell and animal studies to have anti-tumor properties (16). We are in no way claiming that apple cider vinegar is a cure for cancer or tumors, ongoing research and testing is a step in the right direction.

The amazing thing is that we can incorporate disease preventative foods like this one easily into our daily regime, there are no harmful side effects, and no risk of overdose, so why not?

13. Improves Digestion

Apple Cider Vinegar in its raw form is an excellent digestive tonic, it’s so rich in living enzymes that help to break food down to its bare components, making it far easier to assimilate.

As I mentioned before it’s an important source of acid which enables the first step of digestion to work effectively, stirring up those digestive juices helps immensely with the rest of the digestive processes.

The acetic acid present in ACV has also been shown to help with mineral absorption, enabling us to get the most out of the foods we eat (17).

14. Prevents Muscle Fatigue After Exercise

Muscle fatigue can often be a symptom of mineral and electrolyte depletion. To make sure the body has ample electrolyte stores take a Tbs of ACV with water before a workout. The natural pH of our bodies when it’s in balance create an environment where elimination of excess lactic acid in the muscles easily occurs, this stasis also plays a crucial role in oxygenating our bodies during exercise (18).

15. Bad Breath

Halitosis, it’s embarrassing and can be a sign of a deeper problem but one remedy for bad breath is you guessed it, ACV.

A folk remedy that many people claim has merit is to gargle with 1/2 Tbs raw ACV diluted in water for 30 seconds, twice per day (19). Some say it also helps to whiten teeth and remove stains.

16. Body Odour

Again with the pH, ACV helps control excessive body odour by regulating the pH of the skin, something most commercial deodorants and perfumes can’t claim (20).

For foot odour as well as fungal problems, even just a 10 minute soak once a week can keep bad smells in check.

To use ACV as a deodorant simply wipe each armpit with a soaked cotton ball daily.

17. Preserving Food

Vinegars use as a preservative agent dates back to 5000 BC when it was first discovered. People soon recognized that this magical substance could allow them to store food for longer periods.

The same rules apply today, saving some of the bounty when our favorite foods are in season is a great way to eat organic local food all year long.

Instead of making pickles with white vinegar, try using ACV, it gives them a great flavor as well as the added health benefits (21).

18. Weight Loss

A huge problem those of us trying to lose weight face is those ups and downs when blood sugars spike and drop too drastically.

The blood sugar roller coaster causes us to crave “high energy” foods like refined carbohydrates, to give a short term boost but a long term plummet.

ACV has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels, helping to curb cravings and kick extra calories out.

ACV has become an overnight sensation in the weight loss industry, they even make it in pill form, though most of the experts say it’s better to just drink the real unpasteurized stuff.

ACV can also help with weight loss by increasing satiety after a meal, always a good feeling. A study done on obese individuals who consumed 15mL or 30mL of vinegar per day for 12-weeks, showed a reduction in body fat mass and serum triglycerides (22).

19. Prevents Bladder Stones and UTI

If you’ve ever had kidney stones, or known someone who has, they are extremely painful, and totally preventable.

Stones typically form when a persons urine is very acidic and concentrated, crystals form out of uric acid, calcium oxalate and struvite and have to be passed through the urinary tract.

ACV works by alkalizing the urine, decreasing the likelihood that this ailment would ever occur, and it’s been said that it can even break down the kidney stones (23).

It makes sense seeing as we saw above just how powerful of a substance ACV is when it comes to helping the body absorb minerals.

20. Balanced pH

Dr. Theodore Baroody, in his book “Alkalize or Die,” claims ACV to have an alkalizing effect on the blood and urine. Even though ACV is an acidic food, its structure changes to alkaline through the digestive processes.

The idea of eating a diet high in alkaline foods is that disease thrives in an acidic environment (24).

Foods like refined sugar, carbohydrates and meat create an acidic environment in our bodies, it’s interesting to note that the pH of a food in its pre-digested state is very different from the chemical processes it will undergo in our bodies. Thus foods like ACV and lemon water are surprisingly alkaline forming.

21. Potassium

Said to be the mineral of youth, potassium is an essential mineral in maintaining the soft tissues of the body, keeping everything flexible and resilient (25, 26). Deficiencies in potassium can cause an array of health problems.

Nobel Scientist Dr.Alexis Carrel “was able to keep the cells of an embryo chicken heart alive and healthy for 35 years by daily monitoring it’s complete nutrition, cleansing and elimination. An chicken’s average lifespan is 7 years!

Apple Cider Vinegar was given to the chicken embryo daily for it’s full quota of potassium.” Pretty impressive seeing as Dr.Carrel did this study in 1912, proving that proper nutrition and cleansing can adjust lifespan quite drastically.

22. Corns, Callouses and Warts

Dr. Scholl was a believer in keeping feet healthy by soaking them in warm water with 1/3 C ACV for 20 minutes and rubbing with a pumice stone.

This treatment for chronic foot ailments helps to correct the pH of the feet and make it impossible for fungus and warts to imbed themselves within the skin (27).

For warts, instead of rubbing with a pumice stone after a soak, simply saturate a cotton ball, apply it to the affected areas and cover overnight.

23. Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

ACV can soothe the irritation caused by these poisonous plants. Combine 50:50 with water in a spray bottle and add a few ice cubes (28).

This cooling spray helps to draw the toxins out of the skin and provide relief from the sting.

Final Thoughts…

An apple a day keeps the doctor away and I think the same goes for a bit of apple cider vinegar a day. There’s no reason not to incorporate this healing food into your daily regimen. For those who follow our paleo diet plan this product is approved with the diet as well.

If not for any of the reasons stated above, remember that prevention is the best treatment for any disease. Although there could certainly be more research done on the potential for using ACV as a medicine, the research that has been done is promising.

We can see that it holds great potential in treating diabetes and high cholesterol in particular. On a holistic level this amazing whole food is good for every organ system.

Can Parsley Cure Bad Breath?


Parsley has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years and is native to the Mediterranean. In ancient Greece, the herb was used to make crowns given to honor athletes as well as for decorating tombs.

It is thought to be the ancient Romans who first used parsley as a garnish, and though it later (likely during the Middle Ages) become popular as a seasoning, its role as a garnish has held strong to the modern day.

In the US, many still believe parsley is only useful as a garnish, leaving behind this nutrient-dense superfood as though it’s a bit of waste on their plate. Parsley is actually extremely healthy and deserving of being added to just about any dish you can think of.

There is also a widely held belief that parsley is served as a garnish because of its breath-freshening properties … but does parsley really cure bad breath?

Parsley Benefits

Eating Parsley Might Help Temporarily But Isn’t Likely to Cure Bad Breath

Parsley’s bright green color and “green” grassy taste come from its high levels of chlorophyll. This compound has antibacterial and deodorizing properties. A study conducted in 1950 by Dr. Howard Westcott found that 100 milligrams (mg) of chlorophyll neutralized bad breath and odors from perspiration, menstruation, urine, and stools.1

In 1980, a study of elderly nursing home patients similarly found that consuming chlorophyll tablets helped control body odors.2 As far as chewing actual parsley goes, more recent research showed the herb may help reduce “garlic breath” through a process of “enzymatic deodorization.” According to the Journal of Food Science:3

Enzymatic deodorization involved oxidation of polyphenolic compounds by enzymes, with the oxidized polyphenols causing deodorization. This was the probable mechanism in raw apple, parsley, spinach, and mint treatments.”

The research on parsley’s (and chlorophyll’s) effectiveness for bad breath is conflicting, however. The above-mentioned study found, for instance, that chlorophyll treatment demonstrated no deodorization compared to the control.

And in separate research, while green tea turned out to be quite effective at reducing bad breath, mints, chewing gum and parsley-seed oil did not.4 That being said, research on this is limited, and there’s no harm to giving it a try. If you find parsley works for you, there’s no reason not to use it.

In a pinch, it seems chewing on parsley might help to cover up bad breath temporarily, but it isn’t a cure-all. The more compelling reason to add parsley to your diet is for its health benefits beyond possibly freshening your breath.

Parsley Is an Antioxidant-Rich, Disease-Fighting Superstar

Parsley contains a unique combination of volatile oil compounds, including myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene. It’s also rich in flavonoids such as apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin. Both the volatile oils and flavonoids in parsley contribute numerous health benefits.

Myristicin, for instance, may inhibit tumor formation and activate glutathione,5your body’s most powerful antioxidant that keeps all other antioxidantsperforming at peak levels. As reported by the George Mateljan Foundation:6

The activity of parsley’s volatile oils qualifies it as a ‘chemoprotective’ food, and in particular, a food that can help neutralize particular types of carcinogens (like the benzopyrenes that are part of cigarette smoke and charcoal grill smoke).”

The apigenin in parsley has even been shown to inhibit breast cancer cells and shrink breast cancer tumors.7 The luteolin in parsley, meanwhile, may calm inflammation in your brain, which is a primary cause of neurodegeneration.

Luteolin has also been linked with lower rates of age-related memory loss in mice.8 Other notable nutrients in parsley include vitamin C, beta-carotene, folic acid, and vitamin K.

Parsley is also high in fiber, and if you eat enough of it (more than a couple of sprigs with your meal) it is a useful digestive aid. Traditionally, parsley tea has been used to treat colic, indigestion, and gas. And, because of its rich chlorophyll content, parsley may help to cleanse and detoxify your body. In fact, chlorophyll is known to:

Assist you in processing more oxygen Cleanse key elimination systems like your bowel, liver, and blood Help purify your blood and cleanse away toxins
Promote optimal blood pressure Support elimination of molds in your body Help neutralize bad air you might breathe in
Promote growth and repair of your tissues

How to Use Parsley: Much More Than a Garnish

If you’re new to parsley, you needn’t be intimidated. Its fresh, “green” flavor is mild and helps to bring out other flavors in your cooking. There are two popular varieties: flat-leaf parsley, which is less bitter but stronger in flavor, and curly, which is slightly more bitter.

They can be used interchangeably in your dishes, depending on your preference, although flat-leaf parsley’s flavor tends to hold up better to cooking. Fresh parsley has a much more intense and brighter flavor than dried parsley. Wash it by swishing it in a bowl of water just before use.

Chopped parsley can be added to salads, vegetable dishes, and fish, or add it to burgers or meat loaf. It works well in many types of sauces, including tomato sauce and pesto, or as a rub for fish, chicken, lamb, or beef. You can also add it to soups, stews, and casseroles.

One of the simplest ways to get more parsley into your diet, however, is to add it to your vegetable juice. A bunch of parsley is simple to juice and represents a concentrated source of nutrients. Better still, parsley is incredibly easy to grow. It works well in pots on your patio, or you can plant it in your garden for your own ready-to-pick stash.

Freshening Your Breath from the Inside Out

Proper dental hygiene is important for optimal health in your mouth and in the rest of your body, as discussed by Dr. Bill Osmunson in the interview above. Halitosis, or bad breath, is typically caused by systemic diseases, gastrointestinal and/or upper respiratory tract disorders, and microbial metabolism from your tongue, saliva or dental plaque—all of which are indicators of systemic unbalance.

The key to remedying it is making changes to your diet and proper dental care: good old brushing and flossing. By avoiding sugars and processed foods, you help prevent the proliferation of the bacteria that cause decay and odor in the first place.

Eating fermented vegetables is another simple “trick.” Fermented vegetables are loaded with friendly flora that not only improve digestion but alter the flora in your mouth as well. I also highly recommend limiting the primary “fertilizer” for the bacteria that cause bad breath, namely sugar and grains that rapidly break down to sugar.

This means cutting down on processed foods (which are high in both grains and sugars), as they can cause odor-causing bacteria to grow out of control. Finally, practicing twice daily brushing (be sure to brush your tongue as well) and flossing, along with regular cleanings by your biological dentist and hygienist, will also help ensure that your teeth and gums are as healthy as they can be.

6 Natural Options to Freshen Your Breath

If you need to freshen your breath in a pinch and you have access to parsley, go ahead and try chewing it. You might be pleasantly surprised by the results. The six natural options that follow can also be used to give bad breath the brush off:

  1. Cucumber: Placing a cucumber slice on the roof of your mouth may help to rid your mouth of odor-causing bacteria. According to the principles of Ayurveda, eating cucumbers may also help to release excess heat in your stomach, which is said to be a primary cause of bad breath.9
  2. Apple cider vinegar: Gargling with diluted apple cider vinegar can help to eliminate bad breath and whiten teeth. Keep in mind, however, that apple cider vinegar is highly acidic. The main ingredient is acetic acid, which is quite harsh, so you should always dilute it with water before swallowing. Pure, straight apple cider vinegar could damage your tooth enamel or the tissues of your mouth and throat.
  3. Peppermint: Powdered peppermint leaves have been used historically to freshen breath and whiten teeth; you can even add a drop or two of peppermint oil directly to your toothpaste for added freshening.
  4. Oil pulling: Swishing coconut oil around your mouth and “pulling” it through your teeth may help freshen your breath. One study found oil pulling is as effective as mouthwash at improving bad breath and reducing the microorganisms that may cause it.10
  5. Chewing sticks: Chewing sticks are simply twigs from trees with antimicrobial properties. Historically, a frayed end would be used like a toothbrush to brush teeth while a pointed end would act as a toothpick. Many tree species were used for chewing sticks, including tea tree, cinnamon, mango, and dog wood, although neem is probably the most widely known. If you are so inclined, chewing sticks are widely available today and their use is even encouraged by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  6. Green tea: As mentioned, green tea was found to be quite useful for reducing bad breath. Researchers concluded,green tea was very effective in reducing oral malodor temporarily because of its disinfectant and deodorant activities, whereas other foods were not effective.”11