Just before Christmas I went to visit my Mum and was shocked at how large her hand had grown, due to arthritis she said. The pain is terrible now she said. So we talked and googled and we came across Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother. Organic. I have heard of this before and heard all kinds of stories about the benefits of taking it each day but when we started to google together the list seemed endless.
According to the Daily Mail online (07.09.08) Sir Ranulph Fiennes stated that he cured his arthritis with a daily dose of apple cider vinegar and honey. I have a friend who reduced her cholesterol and swears it was the apple cider vinegar. I know a guy who takes it when he feels his gout coming back and it doesn't. Whether folklore or fact it seemed worth a try.
So we ordered it. My mum has been taking it daily for three weeks (mixed with her daily cranberry juice) and already is starting to feel different. She has more energy (cleaned out all of her kitchen cupboards yesterday!) and her pain, although still there has eased. A few weeks we don’t think is enough time, but time will tell…. we can’t wait to see the results!
The reason it contains the ‘Mother’ is because the Apple Cider Vinegar is then organic and high quality. If you buy off the counter in your local supermarket chances are it has been processed and is not natural. The Mother is ‘strands of protein, enzymes and friendly bacteria which give a murky, cobweb like appearance’. It doesn’t look very appetising but be assured it’s completely harmless. You can even transfer some of the mother to a new bottle, top up with organic apple juice and make some more vinegar!
We found Braggs and Biona, both reasonably priced online and Organic and Unfiltered.
Once you start delving into it online you find all kinds of potential benefits:
Diabetes, Cholesterol, Blood pressure, Acne, Weight Loss, Skin Conditions, Sinus Congestion, Sore Throat, Arthritis, Increase Energy Levels, Antioxidant Properties and Heartburn and Reflux
We picked up a few ideas on how to take it too:
Mixed with yogurt, mixed with a fruit drink, mixed with honey and/or lemon, mixed with plain old water. You could always put a teaspoon on your chips!
New Year comes with expectation and trepidation. Any positive change is good for us, and mine this year is going to be Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother. Whether it's a myth or not, for me it's worth a go.
Have a google and read for yourself.
Have you tried it before? Do you know anyone who has?
Have a great week