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Clayton's Health Facts: Apple Cider Vinegar.

Clayton South, SPN (ISSA), is a recognized expert in the bodybuilding / fitness industry with over 150 bodybuilding, fitness and nutrition publications to his credit.

What Is It?
And Where Does It Come From?

red apple Apple Cider Vinegar has long been used in traditional medicine systems as a treatment for a variety of common ailments.

It is created when apples are crushed and allowed to ferment in wooden barrels. This fermenting process allows for the formation of acetic acid, and this acid is responsible for apple cider vinegar's bitter taste.

What Does It Do?
And What Scientific Studies Give Evidence To Support This?

Apple cider vinegar is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, amino acids, and other health-promoting compounds.

Apple cider vinegar is rich in:

Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar also contains pectin and malic acid. Most importantly, apple cider vinegar contains "mother" - the active ingredient most responsible for its health effects.

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Apple cider vinegar has long been used in medicinal systems throughout the world. Its first use as a medicine was reported by Hippocrates - the founder of modern medicine, and the creator of Medicine's "Hippocratic Oath."

What Is The Hippocratic Oath?
It is the sacred pledge for physicians to treat the sick to the best of their ability, preserve patient privacy, conduct themselves morally, and teach the 'secrets' of medicine to the next generation, and so on.

Almost all medical students swear some form of the Hippocratic Oath upon graduation from medical school. There are basically two versions, the Classical and the Modern, and there is some controversy over how far the versions have grown apart.

To read the full text of the Modern version (written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna), click here. To read the full text of the Classical version (written circa 400 B.C. by Hippocrates), click here.

Apple cider vinegar has been used to treat a variety of ailments since the time of Hippocrates. These ailments include those in the following list.

Ailments Treated Traditionally By Apple Cider Vinegar.

  • Hiccups
  • Indigestion
  • Hay fever
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea

  • Fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Arthritis
  • Eczema
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity
  • Also used as a system-cleaning detoxifier.

While many claims about its efficacy to treat the above listed conditions can not be substantiated, apple cider vinegar has been shown to have antiseptic and antibacterial properties that make it a potent immune system booster.

Several studies have shown that it can inhibit the growth of the Bacilli, Pseudomonas, and Candida bacterium.

Apple cider vinegar has recently found new use as a weight-loss and weight-management aide, and has been included in many over-the-counter weight loss nutritional supplements.

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While its effectiveness as a weight-loss aide is questionable, and while no scientific studies support the use of apple cider vinegar for weight maintenance or weight reduction, many still continue to believe that apple cider vinegar prevents weight gain by aiding digestion, speeding gastric emptying, and aiding in energy release.

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Again, no conclusive evidence has emerged to support the claim that apple cider vinegar is efficacious for weight management. Its role in weight management is unknown.

However, the immune system boosting effects of apple cider vinegar are profound, and the vitamins and minerals it contains can contribute to athletic performance and muscle growth.

Who Needs It?
And What Are Some Symptoms Of Deficiency?

Everyone can benefit from taking apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is not a nutrient; no bodily requirement has been established, and no symptoms of deficiency exist.

How Much Should Be Taken?
And Are There Any Side Effects?

Adhere strictly to label directions. Apple cider vinegar is non-toxic and is safe. No side effects are known.