Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits...
Come from the Nutrition
of the Apple
"Such a wide variety of vinegar health benefits!"
How does apple cider vinegar help you improve
your health and well-being?
The source of apple cider vinegar health benefits is the apple which has long been known as a nutritional powerhouse.
It contains many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and dietary fiber, while at the same time having very little fat and sodium.
Apple cider vinegar, made from whole apples and not pasteurized or filtered, will also
contain all these nutrients plus the many enzymes and organic acids produced during the
two fermentations needed to make the vinegar.
Many experts believe that these extra
fermentation products are important elements in apple cider vinegar's health benefits and
weight loss properties.
The following list quantifies much of the nutritional bounty found in apples:
1 Medium Apple (138g)
Calories:......... 81 calories
Water:.......... 115.8 grams
Carbohydrates: 21.1 grams
Protein:........... 0.3 gram
Fat:................ 0.5 gram
Dietary Fiber:.... 2.8 grams
Vitamin A:....... 74 International Units
Vitamin C:........ 8 milligrams
Vitamin B1:....... 0.02 milligram
Vitamin B2:....... 0.02 milligram
Vitamin B6:....... 0.07 milligram
Folic acid:........ 4 micrograms
Niacin:............. 0.1 milligram
Pantothenic:..... 0.08 milligram
Sodium:........... 1 milligram
Calcium:......... 10 milligrams
Magnesium:...... 6 milligrams
Zinc:............... 0.05 milligram
Manganese:...... 0.06 milligram
Potassium:..... 159 milligrams
Phosphorus:..... 10 milligrams
Iron:............... 0.25 milligram
Copper:........... 0.06 milligram
From: Food Values of Portions Commonly Used, 15th ed., Jean A.T. Pennington
(HarperCollins, New York)
Here, grouped by nutritional category, are some of the apple cider vinegar health benefits
we can all make use of:
Apple cider vinegar contains 5% acetic acid and much smaller amounts of malic acid,
lactic acid, and various amino acids. They give apple cider vinegar its antiseptic property,
which helps deter the growth of unwanted bacteria and yeasts in the digestive track.
By taking a little apple cider vinegar before a meal, you can increase stomach acidity and
thereby improve digestion and nutrient uptake.
Dr Jarvis M.D., author of Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor's Guide to Good Health, advocated the use of apple cider vinegar to maintain the acid alkaline balance (pH balance) of the body's urine.
He maintained that the urine shifts from its healthy acidic pH toward alkalinity when you are ill.
Through years of research he found that restoring the urine's pH to the acid region enabled his subjects to either bypass illnesses such as the common cold or to at least get better faster and to reduce the pain or severity of sinus, allergy and asthma attacks.
Vitamins and other antioxidants
Some of the vitamins, amino acids, and
found in apples and apple cider
vinegar are antioxidants, which help prevent cancer and protect the body against damage
caused by exposure to chemical toxins. How's that for an apple cider vinegar health benefit!
Apples and apple cider vinegar contain pectin, a water soluble fiber which can absorb
water, fat, toxins, and cholesterol in the digestive tract and remove them from the body.
Pectin also improves glucose metabolism and lowers blood pressure resulting in
improved heart health.
The insoluble fiber in apples aids digestion and elimination, promotes regularity, and
contributes to bowel cleaning.
to find out more about dietary fiber and health, your recommended daily
intake and a list of other food high in fiber.
As shown in the list of nutrients, apples and apple cider vinegar have a host of easily
absorbable minerals, with potassium being by far the most
plentiful. Potassium works
together with sodium in the control of the body's water balance, conduction of nerve
impulses, contraction of muscles, maintenance of a normal heart rhythm, and it is
essential for the storage of carbohydrate and its breakdown for energy.
for more information on potassium, your daily requirement, and the amounts in some other foods.
Magnesium, a mineral found in smaller amounts, is a vital catalyst in enzyme activity,
involved in the production of energy from food. It assists in the uptake of calcium and
potassium and is required for the formation of healthy bones and teeth.
Nutrition & Health
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