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Natural Apple Cider Vinegar Can Relieve Pain and Stiffness

by Bonnie Greene

Natural apple cider vinegar can be considered one of natures superb foods. The powerful enzymes and minerals it possess are beneficial in the relief of various skin, joint, and digestive problems. Many arthritis sufferers drink apple cider vinegar on a daily basis 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:

  • potassium
  • sulphur
  • iron
  • phosphorus
  • copper
  • natural sodium
  • fluorine
  • silicon
  • calcium
  • magnesium and other powerful trace minerals, enzymes and amino acids

Natural acids contained in ACV are:

  1. malic acid
  2. acetic acid
  3. lactic acid

Natural acids assist in balancing the acid levels in your digestive system, which deters 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:

  • lemons
  • apples ( contain a large amount of malic acid)
  • cherries
  • pineapples
  • raspberries
  • apricots
  • watermelon

Distilled vinegar may be more appealing to the eye but valuable nutrients are removed through pasteurization and what you have left is dead vinegar.

Natural apple cider vinegar should be made from organic apples. Apples are rich in potassium. Potassium helps to create youthful agelessFresh Apples tissues, keeping the body flexible and resilient.

*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. Bragg Apple Cider VinegarYou 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 lodge themselves in joint spaces causing pain, inflammation, and stiffness. Apple cider vinegar helps to put acid crystals into 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 over production 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 kidney stones which are very painful.

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 which 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 luke warm (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!

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