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Apple Cider Vinegar

This is a very traditional remedy for many things. Recently scientists have looked again at apple cider vinegar and promising research has emerged. Remember, scientific evidence is lacking at this time but ongoing research is showing some interesting results. The following website material comes highly recommended and may be of interest for other conditions.

The Science Behind Apple Cider Vinegar. To date, few studies have tested the health effects of apple cider vinegar. Here's a look at some key findings from the available research:

1) Diabetes

Some preliminary research suggests that vinegar (both apple cider vinegar and other types) may benefit people with diabetes. For example, in a 2007 study published in Diabetes Care, researchers found that type 2 diabetes patients who consumed two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar at bedtime showed favorable changes in blood sugar levels the following morning. And in an animal-based study published in the Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, scientists found that diabetic rats fed an apple-cider-vinegar-enhanced diet for four weeks experienced an increase in HDL ("good") cholesterol (as well as a reduction in their levels of triglycerides, a type of harmful blood fat).

2) Weight Loss

There is limited scientific support for the claim that apple cider vinegar can promote weight loss. However, one small study (published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry in 2009) found that obese people who consumed acetic acid daily for 12 weeks experienced significant decreases in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference, and triglycerides. In tests on mice, another 2009 study (published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry) found that acetic acid may help prevent the buildup of body fat and certain liver fats. It is unknown whether these studies tested the use of acetic acid derived from apple cider vinegar or from other vinegar types.

3) Blood Pressure

Acetic acid may help lower blood pressure, according to an animal-based study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry in 2001. Again, it is unknown whether this study tested the use of acetic acid derived from apple cider vinegar or from another vinegar type.

4) Cholesterol

Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, a 2006 study found that rats fed acetic acid for 19 days had a significant reduction in total cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Apple Cider Vinegar Home Remedies

1) Dandruff

A home remedy for dandruff is to mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water. The vinegar solution is thought to restore the pH balance of the scalp and discourage the overgrowth of malassezia furfur, the yeast-like fungus thought to trigger dandruff. The vinegar mixture is usually poured into a spray bottle and spritzed on the hair and scalp, avoiding the eye and ear area. A towel is then wrapped around the head and left on 15 minutes to an hour. After that, the vinegar can be washed from the hair. Alternative practitioners often recommend it once or twice a week for dandruff.

2) Acne

When using apple cider vinegar to treat acne, some alternative practitioners recommend mixing one part apple cider vinegar with three parts water. The solution is then dabbed onto the pimple. Since there have been case reports of skin damage and burns from using full-strength vinegar on the face, it is important to take caution when using this remedy.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Alkaline Acid Balance

Some alternative practitioners recommend using apple cider vinegar to restore alkaline acid balance. 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. 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. Despite being an acidic solution, some proponents of apple cider vinegar believe it has an alkalinizing effect on the body. As such, they recommend one to two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in water as a daily health tonic. Although this is a popular remedy, its effectiveness hasn't been researched.

Side Effects and Safety Concerns

Undiluted apple cider vinegar, in liquid or pill form, may damage the oesophagus and other parts of the digestive tract. Apple cider vinegar drinks may damage tooth enamel if sipped.

One case report linked excessive apple cider vinegar consumption with low blood potassium levels (hypokalemia) and low bone mineral density. People with osteoporosis, low potassium levels, and those taking potassium-lowering medications should use caution. People with allergies to apples should avoid apple cider vinegar.

Vinegar applied to the skin may cause burns and scarring. Excessive doses of apple cider vinegar have been found to cause damage to the stomach, duodenum, and liver in animals.

Possible Drug Interactions

Theoretically, prolonged use of apple cider vinegar could lead to lower potassium levels, which could increase the risk of toxicity of cardiac glycoside drugs such as Lanoxin (digoxin), insulin, laxatives, and diuretics such as Lasix (furosemide).

Because apple cider vinegar may affect blood glucose and insulin levels, it could theoretically have an additive effect if combined with diabetes medications. Apple cider vinegar may also lower blood pressure, so it may have an additive effect if combined with high blood pressure medications . . . . If you're considering the use of apple cider vinegar for a specific condition, consult your doctor before beginning treatment . . . . If you're considering the use of apple cider vinegar for a specific condition, consult your doctor before beginning treatment.

The Facts on Apple Cider Vinegar by Cathy Wong, About.com Guide Updated September 15, 2011

Vinegar Can Fight Diabetes and Promote Weight Loss   

Eating vinegar before a meal, perhaps as part of an oil-and-vinegar salad dressing, could be greatly beneficial to people with diabetes or those at high risk of developing the disease.

According to the results of a study, two tablespoons of vinegar taken prior to eating dramatically reduced insulin and glucose spikes in the blood that occur after meals. In people with type 2 diabetes, these spikes can cause major complications, including heart disease.

Vinegar's effects were comparable to those from anti-diabetes drugs like metformin, researchers said.

In the study, which involved 29 people, one-third had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, one-third had signs that they could develop diabetes and one-third were healthy. Each individual was given either a vinegar dose or a placebo prior to eating a high-carbohydrate breakfast, and one week later were given the opposite drink and the same breakfast.

Results indicated that:

  • All groups had better blood readings with the vinegar than with the placebo
  • People with prediabetic symptoms benefited the most from the vinegar, with blood-glucose concentrations cut by almost half
  • People with diabetes improved their blood-glucose levels by 25 percent with the vinegar
  • People with prediabetic symptoms had lower blood-glucose levels than healthy participants after both drank vinegar

A follow-up study geared at testing vinegar's long-term effects also found that taking vinegar yielded a pleasant side effect: moderate weight loss. In the four-week study, half of participants took a two-tablespoon dose of vinegar prior to each of two meals daily, while the other half were told to avoid vinegar.

Participants taking the vinegar lost an average of two pounds over the four-week period, while weight remained constant in the non-vinegar group. And some participants taking vinegar lost up to four pounds.

The downside? Participants weren't fond of drinking vinegar, even flavoured apple cider vinegar. In response, researchers are now developing an encapsulated form of vinegar and testing its effectiveness.

Dr. Mercola's Comment:

"This appears to be a simple and safe way for diabetics and pre-diabetics to help gain control of their blood sugar levels. Eating the vinegar as part of a salad dressing, perhaps with some high-quality olive oil or even fish or cod liver oil would seem most palatable if you aren't fond of the taste.

The most interesting part of this study was that people with a high risk of developing diabetes, or in other words people with pre-diabetes, were able to have lower blood-glucose levels than healthy people just by drinking two tablespoons of vinegar before their meals.

As some 41 million American people have pre-diabetes, and one in five of you reading this have it or diabetes already, it certainly seems prudent to add some vinegar-based dressings to your before-dinner salad.

But please don't rely on this as your only line of defense." Healh Leads comment: Have all diabetic symptoms confirmed and monitored by a health practitioner. Do not cease any medication on the strength of the above information without formal monitoring by your doctor.

THE USES OF CIDER VINEGAR 

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A number of outstanding authorities have proven the therapeutic advantages of using cider vinegar for numerous complaints ranging from obesity and being overweight to arthritis. Besides the therapeutic benefits derived from taking cider vinegar therapy, as outlined in this article, it can also be used for a number of other purposes, e.g. salad dressing, pickling, a flavour in cooking, etc. It also makes a very refreshing drink, hot or cold, with or without honey - this should take the place of normal tea and coffee which are so habit-forming and unnecessary commodities.

Try using cider vinegar where lemon juice is required, e.g. in making mayonnaise, or just sprinkle some on a salad before serving; sprinkle on pawpaw for a refreshing breakfast, or just use on potato chips!

EFFECTS OF CIDER VINEGAR ON THE BLOOD

When the blood is deficient in some minerals or biochemic salt, ill-health is the outcome, e.g. boils break out, suppurating blisters become apparent, pimples appear on the face, etc. It has been found however, that cider vinegar helps with the cleansing of blood. Oxidation of the blood is very important and cider vinegar is again an effective treatment for this. Besides introducing important minerals into the blood stream, as mentioned above, cider vinegar also helps in the clotting of blood. This is of tremendous help to those people who are commonly termed 'bleeders', as they live their lives in fear of cutting themselves due to their blood's inability to clot (cider vinegar will also enhance the healing process). Any blood clotting medication or problems must be attended to by a physician. Do not simply self-treat.

ARTHRITIS

Use the cider vinegar and honey treatment for arthritis and also apply cider vinegar externally to painful joints. This entails drinking a glass of water with two teaspoons of cider vinegar and two teaspoons of honey three times a day. Local treatment can also be given by soaking the arthritic hand, or foot in a strong, comfortably hot solution of cider vinegar for ten minutes, two or three times a day (a quarter of a cup of cider vinegar to one and a half cups of water). Arthritic knees can be attended to by making a poultice - soak the cloth in a mixture of cider vinegar and water (as per above mixture), wring out and wrap it around the joint, then secure with a dry cloth to retain heat. When the wet cloth cools, it should be wrung out in the hot solution and applied afresh. Repeat several times, twice daily.

ASTHMA

One tablespoonful of cider vinegar added to a glass of water should be taken in sips for half an hour. After a further half an hour has elapsed the treatment should be repeated. The wheezing should lessen in intensity quite considerably. However, should wheezing still persist a second glass of the same mixture should be taken. Deep breathing exercises are also a beneficial treatment. Please note there may be various causes of this condition, so get the cause checked out and do not simply self-treat.

BLOOD LOSS

It has been discussed above how cider vinegar helps in preventing blood loss. In any circumstances where the flow of blood is too free and is too persistent, such as when a person has a nose bleed without any apparent reason, then two teaspoons of cider vinegar in a glass of water, three times a day will aid in restoring the natural clotting properties of the blood. Please note there may be various causes of this condition, so get the cause checked out and do not simply self-treat.

COLITIS

The cider vinegar and honey treatment has been used effectively in the treatment for colitis. Take the normal dosage of two teaspoons of cider vinegar and honey with water, three times a day. An enema of a teaspoonful or more of molasses is also very helpful. Please note there may be various causes of this condition, so get the cause checked out and do not simply self-treat.

COUGHS

There are many types of cough which occur for various reasons, and these should be treated with reference to their nature and intensity. However, the cider vinegar and honey treatment will prove an efficacious treatment in this respect. Two teaspoons of cider vinegar and two of honey mixed with a glassful of water should be taken before meals, or when the irritation occurs. In the evening it would be an idea to have this mixture by your bed so that it can be sipped during the evening if an attack presents itself. Please note there may be various causes of this condition, so get the cause checked out and do not simply self-treat.

DIARRHOEA

It has been mentioned above how cider vinegar helps with the digestion, assimilation and elimination of food, and that it is an antiseptic to the intestines and the whole of the digestive tract. Due to it's healing properties, diarrhoea can be controlled in a very short time, (that is unless some serious physical disorder is apparent). The treatment being: one teaspoonful of cider vinegar in a glass of water, taken before and in between meals, i.e. approximately six glasses during the course of the day. It should be noted, however, that diarrhoea is a natural attempt on the part of the body to eliminate some poison which is irritating the digestive tract. On no account should any drugs be taken to suppress these healing symptoms, to the contrary, cider vinegar will lessen the intensity of the condition, but will allow the natural course of elimination to take place. Please note there may be various causes of this condition, so get the cause checked out and do not simply self-treat.

DIZZINESS

Two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar together with two teaspoons of honey in a glass of hot or cold water three times a day should help this annoying occurrence quite considerably. However, one should never expect instant results, as nature works slowly, yet very effectively. You will notice a lessened intensity whilst you progress.

ECZEMA

Take the usual dosage of cider vinegar and honey in a glassful of water three times a day, with meals. An application of well diluted cider vinegar can also be applied to the skin several times daily, i.e. one teaspoonful to half a cup of water. Under no circumstances should salt be taken, as this aggravates the eczema condition considerably. There is usually a potassium deficiency in those people suffering from eczema.

EYES (TIRED AND SORE)

Cider vinegar therapy together with honey is the essential ingredient here. Two teaspoons of each taken in a glassful of water, three times a day. This mixture retards the onset of tired and sore eyes which are usually apparent in later life, as it supplies them with those vital elements essential to their health and functioning.

FATIGUE

Chronic fatigue is a warning that the body needs some attention. Most people suffering from chronic fatigue do not have enough good, sound sleep. Either they go to bed too late, or they are one of those who just need more sleep than most. It is better to get as many hours in bed before midnight as possible. To remedy a poor quality sleep honey is highly recommended, as it acts as a sedative to the body. Twenty minutes after the honey has been taken into the mouth it has been digested and absorbed into the body. This is because it is a predigested sugar, produced in the stomach of the honey bee, and therefore requires no effort on the part of the human stomach for digestion. Keep the following mixture by your bedside to be taken as indicated: three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of honey.

Take two teaspoons of the mixture before retiring. This should induce sound sleep within an hour. If however, you have been unable to sleep within this period, repeat the dosage.

FOOD POISONING

As mentioned earlier, there have been many cases where people who were in the habit of taking cider vinegar regularly never suffer any side effects from food poisoning. The cider vinegar has an antiseptic quality which seems to render noxious food harmless. Seek medical attention if food poisoning occurs.

HAIR LOSS

The falling out of hair is primarily due to a tissue salt deficiency, thus cider vinegar with its 'wonder products' will re-establish a natural balance, and supply the deficiencies where needed. Therefore, by taking the cider vinegar treatment the hair will maintain its natural growth. It will cease to fall out and grow more rapidly and thickly. This will take approximately two months, so perseverance is needed. The dosage is one teaspoonful of cider vinegar to a glass of water to be taken with or between meals. Cider vinegar can also be used externally for the treatment of dandruff, see under heading for Dandruff.

HAYFEVER

This ailment is marked by watery eyes, sneezing and running nose, in other words there is an excess of fluid which the body is drastically trying to offload. For an effective relief, honey and cider vinegar should be utilized which will bring excellent results. A tablespoonful of honey should be taken after each meal for approximately a fortnight before the onset of the hay-fever season. The ordinary dosage of cider vinegar and honey should then be taken, viz: two teaspoons of cider vinegar and two of honey in a glass of water, three times a day. This dosage should be maintained during the entire hay-fever season.

HEADACHES

There are several types of headache which occur for various reasons. Some are associated with organic disorders, such as kidney troubles, others are known as psychogenic, or tension headaches. Then we have the most annoying of all; the migraine headache. Many people have had relief from headaches by the use of honey. Two teaspoons taken at each meal may well prevent an attack. Another effective means is to take apple cider vinegar. Equal parts of cider vinegar and water should be placed in a small basin on the stove, allowing it to boil slowly. When the fumes begin to rise from the basin lean your head over it until the fumes are comfortably strong. Inhale for approximately 50 to 80 breaths. Generally this alleviates the headache considerably, if not entirely. Please note there may be various causes of this condition, so get the cause checked out and do not simply self-treat.

HEARTBURN

This usually occurs after eating, sometimes up to two hours later. This very unpleasant feeling can be alleviated by taking the usual dosage of cider vinegar and water before meals. Please note there may be various causes of this condition, so get the cause checked out and do not simply self-treat.

HAEMORRHAGE

As previously pointed out, cider vinegar helps the blood to clot more easily. When a person who regularly drinks cider vinegar cuts himself, the wound will dry up almost instantaneously, as there will be no profuse bleeding. If, however, wounds do not heal quickly, the following procedure should be undertaken; two teaspoons of cider vinegar taken in half or a whole glass of water at mealtimes as well as in between, therefore six glasses in all are imbibed. For extra efficiency a very weak solution of cider vinegar with water can be applied to the sore, wound or cut.

Poultices of cider vinegar (see instructions under the heading Arthritis) can be applied to a stubborn open wound. Please note there may be various causes of this condition, so get the cause checked out and do not simply self-treat.

HICCOUGHS (HICCUPS)

These have been known to be eradicated by drinking a teaspoon of cider vinegar neat! Alternatively, cider vinegar with water can be taken before mealtimes to prevent this occurrence.

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

There are a number of reasons why a person suffers from this common yet serious condition. As mentioned earlier, health will be maintained only if one is prepared to adjust his living and eating habits. Cider vinegar is not the cure-all of man's suffering, it is only one of the many means towards a healthier and happier life. In the case of high blood pressure, one's eating habits must be taken stock of to ensure a speedy and effective recovery. Emphasis is on natural, organically grown foods which are given to us in the form of fresh fruits, vegetables and honey - rather than the high protein foods which include eggs, meat, milk, cheese, nuts, beans, etc. A balance must be maintained between proteins and carbohydrates and one should definitely not over indulge in protein and starchy foods. Wheat products should also be eliminated completely, together with salt (which is very detrimental to health), especially for those suffering from high blood pressure. The following dosage should be taken daily: two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and honey in a glass of water - up to three to four times a day. Please note there may be various causes of this condition, so get the cause checked out and do not simply self-treat.

INSOMNIA

There are also a number of causes as to why people suffer from insomnia. However, there have been excellent results with the cider vinegar and honey treatment as follows: two teaspoons of cider vinegar and two of honey in a glass of water to be taken before retiring. It would also be beneficial to have a glass of this mixture by the bedside to sip if needed. Under no circumstances should drugs be resorted to, as these are both harmful and habit-forming. Under severe cases, a naturopath or homeopath should be consulted. It has been found that the prime cause of insomnia is a deficiency of phosphate of potash and phosphate of iron; this combination can be found in the biochemic salt known as kali phos, which can be obtained from your local health shop.

KIDNEYS AND BLADDER

Due to the eliminative nature of cider vinegar, the kidneys and bladder can benefit tremendously by a 'flushing', which they receive when the following cider vinegar therapy is undertaken: two teaspoons of cider vinegar in a glass of water six times a day. It would be beneficial to drink a couple of glasses of water in the morning, taking one teaspoonful of cider vinegar in each drink. Comfrey tea, first thing in the morning with a teaspoon of cider vinegar will also create a sufficient cleansing action. Inflammation of the kidneys, called pyelitis, in which pus cells are present in the urine, will generally clear up with the above-mentioned treatment. Please note there may be various causes of this condition, so get the cause checked out and do not simply self-treat. http://safenaturaltips.com