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Why Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar?
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A bit of history:
Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar got its namesake from its creator, Paul C. Bragg. Many people know about Bragg’s apple cider vinegar product but they are unaware of the much larger American health legacy that Dr. Bragg left behind. Paul C. Bragg, ND, Ph.D. was born back in 1895.
During the early 1900s, in the face of a surging processed foods revolution, he was the forefront American champion of using natural, organic live foods as a means to heal, maintain, and build the human body into a state of optimal health.
Dr. Bragg grew up taking apple cider vinegar as a part of his family’s health regimen. He believed the most health benefits came from drinking raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, as in his product.
Bragg suggests that its Raw Apple Cider Vinegar promotes a healthy immune system, reduces toxins in the body, improves digestion, helps maintain healthy skin, and soothes irritated skin. It is also touted to help control weight and blood sugar, promote a youthful body, and relieve aching joints and sore muscles.
Bragg Apple Cider Claims:
- Weight loss
- Blood pressure ↓
- Skin tonic and acne treatment
- Scalp health, hair regrowth, hair beautification, and dandruff control
- Diabetes/blood glucose regulator
- Cancer adjutant treatment
- Immune system booster
- Yeast infection treatment (vaginal)
- Toenail fungus treatment
- Heartburn/acid reflux treatment
- Digestion enhancer
- Wound cleaning
- Wart removal
- Ear infection treatment
- Head lice removal
- Cleanser of produce and foods
Drinking apple cider vinegar:
Has been shown in multiple published scientific studies to aid in weight loss by increasing satiety. Satiety is the sensation of feeling full. One of the biggest obstacles to weight loss is reducing the calories we eat. If you are able to feel full longer after a meal, then you are more likely to eat a lower number of calories throughout the day and lose weight.
In a study ACV when taken with a white bread meal (high-glycemic index food) subjects felt fuller longer than those subjects who had not taken ACV. This effect was directly related to the amount of acetic acid present (what gives apple cider vinegar its sour taste). A Japanese 12-week study in obese patients showed that patients consuming vinegar (15 ml to 30 ml daily) had a significant decrease in body weight, BMI, visceral fat area, waist circumference, and serum triglyceride levels.
The strongest evidence:
Apple cider vinegar is within treating certain diabetes-associated parameters. A study showed that after-meal blood glucose levels were decreased in diabetic patients when acetic acid (in vinegar) was co-administered. There was also a decreased insulin response. Another study concluded that the blood sugar lowering effect was only seen in diabetic patients eating a high-glycemic-index-meal (simple sugars) and not those eating a low-glycemic-index-meal (complex carbohydrates). Another study showed that type-2 diabetic patients increased their insulin sensitivity after a high carbohydrate meal when supplemented with vinegar before the meal.
A study conducted with rats demonstrated a significant decrease in hemoglobin A1c, serum triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol while increasing HDL cholesterol in the rat test group supplemented with apple cider vinegar. In a human study, hemoglobin A1c improvement in type-2 diabetic patients was observed but very marginal (0.16%) Another study showed a reduction in serum cholesterol and triglycerides when rats eating a high-cholesterol diet were supplemented with acetic acid. It’s not as conclusive as a human study would be but otherwise, the study was a pretty convincing finding.
What is the “Mother” in Bragg apple cider vinegar?
The short answer is, the cloudy stuff in the bottle that eventually settles at the bottom. Apple cider vinegar production begins with apples that have the juice extracted to be fermented into apple cider. This fermentation occurs from the natural action of various fermenting yeasts and bacteria that are present or introduced into the apple juice. After the apple juice is fermented to produce alcoholic cider, the apple cider is allowed to continue fermenting, turning the alcohol into acetic acid, resulting in vinegar! The “Mother” is the non-toxic collection of fermenting yeasts and bacteria that created or “mothered” the apple cider vinegar.
The “Mother” is also said to contain many enzymes, that in combination with phytonutrients present in ACV, are very detoxifying to your body. Distilled vinegar, unlike Bragg’s raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar, removes the mother and is clear. People will tell you the magic mojo of apple cider vinegar comes from this cloudy mess called the mother. It hasn’t been proven scientifically but it seems reasonable.
Make sure you shake your bottle of “Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar”, before using it.
More Benefits of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar:
Stomach Problems –
The pectin content in ACV helps treat diarrhea by forming bulk fibrous matter. The pectin also forms a protective coat for soothing the colon lining and intestinal spasms. Try mixing one or two tablespoons into water, or clear juice like apple juice.
Prevent Indigestion –
Sip before eating, especially if you know you’re going to indulge in foods that cause indigestion. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before you dine.
Stuffy Nose –
Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink to help sinus drainage.
Help for Hiccups –
Since hiccups are often caused by either low stomach acid slowing the digestion of protein or eating too much…ACV can be a great solution for hiccups. It restores the acid balance in the stomach and eases irritating spasms of the diaphragm.
Sore Throat –
As soon as you feel the prickle of a sore throat, take some ACV to help head off the infection at the pass. Turns out, most germs can’t survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Just mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.
Exercise and sometimes extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. Apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling. Next time you’re feeling beat, add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled vegetable drink or to a glass of water.
Relieve Nighttime Leg Cramps –
ACV taken diluted in water twice daily, will dissolve acid crystals in the blood and provide potassium, calcium, and other essential minerals to the body needed to ease the leg cramps.
Banish Bad Breath –
Due to its acidic properties, Apple Cider Vinegar makes a wonderful remedy for bad breath or halitosis. Simply add 1/2 tablespoon of ACV into a cup of water and gargle the mixture in your mouth for 10 seconds at a time until the cup is empty.
Control Cholesterol –
Research has indicated that apple cider vinegar improves the lipid profile of blood by decreasing the levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) or bad cholesterol, as also by increasing the levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) or good cholesterol. If you have high cholesterol, consult your physician.
Improve Bone Health –
The abundance of calcium, potassium, magnesium, and other vital minerals, makes apple cider vinegar a good candidate for maintaining bone health.
Relieve Arthritis Pain –
The potassium in cider vinegar may be especially beneficial because it works to prevent calcium build-up in the joints, which is linked to joint stiffness.
Benefits of Using Apple Cider Vinegar Topically:
Rubbing apple cider vinegar onto swollen hands or feet reduces swelling. A wonderful thing during pregnancy!
Fight Yeast Infections
One of the best home remedies to treat a yeast infection is Apple Cider Vinegar. Add 1 and a half cups of ACV into a bathtub filled with warm water, and then soak in it for about 20 minutes. This should be done once a day for the first 3 days of the infection.
Soothing Bath Soak
The next time you get ready to slip into a warm bath, add one to two cupfuls of apple cider vinegar. It draws toxins out of the body, leaving behind toned and moisturized skin.
Foot and Skin Fungus
Just as ACV can help kill Candida in the body, it is often useful against yeast and fungus on the skin and nails. If you have foot or toe fungus, soak the feet in 1 cup of ACV in water or apply directly to the affected area. For skin fungus or yeast, apply ACV directly. For children or those with sensitive skin, it is best to dilute the ACV with water before applying it to the skin.
Invigorating Foot Soak
Use apple cider vinegar to soothe aching and swollen feet.
Acetic acid, the main ingredient in ACV, will remove build-up from styling products and conditioners and strengthen the hair shaft, leaving you with soft, shiny strands. It will also balance hair’s pH level, stimulate the scalp to promote hair growth, and is a cure for dandruff. Dilute 1/3 cup ACV in 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Leave it in for a few seconds before rinsing your hair using cold water to seal the hair shaft and create more shine.
Mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and bentonite clay, and add 1 tablespoon, of raw honey. Apply to skin. Leave this detoxifying, deep-pore treatment on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Psoriasis sufferers praise apple cider vinegar for reducing inflammation. Apply a few drops to a cotton ball and rub on your T-zone or other dry spots to prevent breakouts and minimize blemishes.
Reduce Age Spots
Apple Cider Vinegar contains sulfur that fights the effects of aging, including age spots. Dab age spots, or liver spots, with ACV every night before you go to sleep. Do not wash off the vinegar. If you feel a stinging sensation, dilute the vinegar with water. Wash off in the morning.
ACV kills bacteria and balances the skin’s pH level. It also absorbs excessive oil from our skin, which is a leading cause of acne. Mix one part vinegar with 3-4 parts water. Apply the solution directly to your skin with a clean cotton pad, and leave it there for about ten minutes. After ten minutes, rinse off the vinegar. Repeat this three times a day. For severe cases of acne, the solution can be used overnight without rinsing.
Gargle with apple cider vinegar in the morning. The vinegar helps remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums. Brush as usual after you gargle.
Relieve the pain of a sunburn and minimize peeling by applying a washcloth soaked in apple cider vinegar to the area.
ACV is great for varicose veins because it improves circulation in the vein wall and helps to ease the bulging and swelling vein so it is less noticeable and less painful. Combine equal parts ACV and your favorite lotion. Apply morning and night to varicose veins in a circular motion until absorbed. Depending on the severity of your varicose veins, you should begin to see improvement within a month.
Most commercial deodorants are antiperspirants, which block your ability to sweat. Since sweat is one of your body’s natural means of detoxification, blocking your ability to sweat can block your ability to detoxify. ACV absorbs and neutralizes odors. Simply rub a bit of ACV on your underarms. The vinegary smell dissipates once it dries.
Try placing a cotton pad soaked in apple cider vinegar on top, then secure with a bandage. Leave on overnight and remove it in the morning. If you stick to this consistently for a week, you should start to see results.
APPLE CIDER IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO BE USED WITH ANY OTHER COSMETIC PRODUCT. PLEASE DO NOT MIX APPLE CIDER IN COMBINATION WITH ANY BEAUTY AIDS.
Bragg apple cider vinegar diet is approximately at the top of the list of natural remedies in the history of mankind. It was used way back in 5000 BC as a tonic to also produce vinegar and wine mostly by Babylonians. It was also seen in Egypt in 3000 BC and China in 1200 BC. At that time, it was used for food and as an agent for pickling.
Certainly, the Bragg apple cider vinegar diet is tried and tested as proven in its history. It is also used for medicinal purposes. Due to science, it is sometimes used as an electrolyte drink. It is made from an apple. If you do not know the benefits of apple in your body, it is a good source of minerals and vitamins, and it is also an antioxidant. Apple is also rich in fiber like other food sources like wheat and oatmeal. Apple also contains neither salt nor fat.
These apples are now under-processed to make it into cider vinegar. The key to making it is that the apples that are used are fresh apples and not pasteurized. Not only do they use fresh apples but they also add vinegar that accumulates organic acids and enzymes due to fermentation.
Apple cider vinegar is not only good for helping a person lose weight but it is also good for boosting magnesium, pectin, the fiber that is water-soluble, and potassium. If you have no idea how to use the Bragg apple cider vinegar diet to lose weight, it is fairly simple. Just scoop two to three teaspoons of the apple cider vinegar then pour it into a glass of water (approximately 8 ounces). Drink the solution before every meal. You can also drink it while having your meal itself.
However, the Bragg apple cider vinegar diet can be really bad for the teeth because of the acid from the vinegar. The way out of this is to brush your teeth thoroughly after every meal and before going to sleep.
Promotes body detox
Body detoxification refers to the thorough cleansing of the body to get rid of accumulated body wastes- undigested food, cholesterol, saturated fats, and disease-causing microbes. Due to an unhealthy diet and poor lifestyle habits, the body’s metabolism gets slowed down and the piling up of body toxins starts. The combined effect of the sluggish body metabolism and accumulated body toxins would result in obesity. Apple cider vinegar is a detoxifying elixir- natural and safe. It promotes digestion, speeds up the body’s metabolism, relieves constipation, and excretes excess water from your body to detoxify your body from the inside.
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