Natural apple cider vinegar can be considered one of nature’s superfoods. The powerful enzymes and minerals it possesses are beneficial in the relief of various skin, joint, and digestive problems. Many arthritis sufferers drink apple cider vinegar daily to get relief from joint pain and stiffness. The best and most effective apple cider vinegar (ACV) should be organic, undistilled, unpasteurized, and contain the floating brownish substance called the “mother.”
Essential nutrients of ACV include:
- natural sodium
- magnesium and other powerful trace minerals, enzymes, and amino acids
Natural acids contained in ACV are:
- malic acid
- acetic acid
- lactic acid
Natural acids assist in neutralizing the digestive system and deter disease-producing bacteria growth, improving digestion. Malic acid is the major acid found in ACV and is naturally produced in the body during the metabolic cycle. Fruit and vegetables also contain malic acid and some of the fruits that are suggested for their malic acid content are:
- apples ( contain a large amount of malic acid)
Distilled vinegar may be more appealing to the eye but valuable nutrients are removed through pasteurization and what you have left is dead vinegar.
*Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar is a great brand and the brand I use and love. I have noticed a tremendous difference in the disappearance of aches and pain especially on the bottom of my feet. Bragg ACV is an overall excellent health tonic. You can purchase Bragg AVC at your local grocery store, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers (Vitamin Cottage), or online.
How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Relieve Joint Pain and Stiffness?
Potassium deficiency eventually causes joint stiffness and muscle cramps. The rich source of potassium in ACV is an agent in removing toxins and acid crystals from the body, maintaining joint pliability. A build-up of acid crystals lodges themselves in joint spaces causing pain, inflammation, and stiffness. Apple cider vinegar helps to put acid crystals into the solution so they can be excreted from your body relieving stiffness and pain.
What Are Acid Crystals/Uric Acid Crystals?
You may be wondering what acid crystals are and how your body produces them. In a simplified term, acid crystals are substances that are formed after your body naturally breaks down waste products also known as purines. If there is an overproduction of uric acid and your kidneys are not filtering or eliminating adequate amounts of the acid crystals it may lead to problems such as hyperuricemia (high level of uric acid in the blood), resulting in gout and other arthritic conditions. Increased levels of uric acid can also cause a collection of crystal deposits in your kidneys producing very painful kidney stones.
The cause of high levels of acid crystals can be associated with dietary intake of foods high in purines (uric acid). Purines are considered foods that elevate the acid levels in your blood.
Click on this link to view a Purine Table of Foods High, Moderate and Low in Uric Acid
The best way to ingest apple cider vinegar:
Mix 1 tablespoon of ACV and 1 tablespoon of raw unfiltered honey in an 8oz glass of lukewarm (not hot) water. Drink 1-3 times per day.
*Raw honey is also a rich source of potassium.
We may need to battle against acid crystals all of our lives and one of the best weapons to achieve this is natural apple cider vinegar.
Wishing you an enjoyable and pain-free life!