Cardiovascular benefits of Apple Cider

Cardiovascular benefits of Apple Cider

Cardiovascular disease is the biggest cause of deaths worldwide. This is connected directly to the lifestyle and eating habits. Humans are eating more junk than ever and this contributes to the toll. Apple cider has benefits of reducing the risk of heart diseases.

Experimental study on the effect of Apple cider on rats was done. The result exhibited that Apple cider can help reduce cholesterol and triglycerides level in blood. Clinical tests reveal that these two are the major causes of blockages in heart. Indeed Apple cider is beneficial for the heart. But there has been no direct tests done on humans. Apple cider also contains chlorogenic acid which oxidizes LDL cholesterol which is the cholesterol responsible for heart blockages.

This may be taken as evidence but human and animal physiology is quite different. A proper study needs to add to the observational study done by Harvard on Women eating salad dressed with Apple cider. The Harvard study has shown that this group of women had lesser chances of heart ailment. However there is no clinching evidence about effect of Apple Cider on heart health.

To conclude there is ample evidence from tests conducted on animals that cider can reduce cholesterol, triglycerides and also reduces blood pressure. This indicates that cider has obvious good effect on heart but a conclusive study is needed.

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ACV benefits – Part 2

I hope you have been taking ACV on daily basis and witnessing the various benefits it offers first hand. As promised in my last post, here I continue with more benefits of ACV.

Apple Cidr Vinegar  - really does have a part to play in keeping you healthy

Weight Loss

The use of ACV can also trigger your weight loss program, for as we consume food the properties of ACV breakdown the proteins in the food to produce amino acid which works as a fuel to increases the production of growth hormones which are essential for weight loss. And since the solution is laced with pectin which is an insoluble fiber you feel contented with less food, and like all insoluble fibers it keeps your hunger pangs away for a longer period, hence you stay away from mid day blemished calorie snacks.

Then again the motive of ACV being to breakdown food proteins, it also helps in release of iron from the food which in itself is a building block for hemoglobin and myoglobin which disperses oxygen to the body cells. This supply of oxygen to the cells helps in burning down calories which again stimulates weight loss.

Strengthens Immune System

You must have heard of an apple a day…, the same can be said about the apple cider vinegar solution. It fires your whole immune system, and has the potential to kill many harmful bacteria. It also has antiviral properties, and the regular users of ACV are less likely to get viral flu or cold. The ACV as a preservative has properties which prohibits the growth of bacteria like E. coli in food as well.

There are countless other beneficial qualities of apple cider vinegar which include, regulating blood sugar level, blood pressure, detoxification, heart benefits, heartburns, intestinal problems, constipation, prevention against cancer, etc.

Want to know more? Stay tuned!

Health benefits of Cider

Cider

Vinegar also known as cider is an age-old cooking essential. Traditionally it is supposed to be a cure for many diseases. Science also agrees to the fact now.Vinegar is prepared by adding bacteria to alcohol. These bacteria convert alcohol into acetic acid. Here are some health benefits which vinegar intake will result in.

  • High in Acetic acid – Cider is having lots to offer . It has all kinds of beneficial chemicals which help our body. Good quality cider also has anti-oxidants and reduces aging.The chemicals present in vinegar are beneficial to humans and animals.
  • It kills bacteria – Cider is a great preservative. It is natural and kills almost all bacteria. It has been used for wound cleaning and has antiseptic properties as well.
  • Lowers Blood sugar – regular intake of cider can help to lower blood sugar. It is very beneficial for diabetics. Just have enough in your food and you will not require medication. It is a natural remedy for diabetes.
  • Reduces weight – It has been found in studies that Vinegar can help reduce weight also.It decreases you appetite, you will eat less and hence will have weight loss. A great way to lose weight, right.
  • Healthy Heart – Cider has been known to lower cholesterol and triglycerides. These are responsible for 90 percent of heart attack cases. Hence using vinegar can reduce the risk of a heart attack.
  • Anti – Carcinogenic – Use of vinegar in food helps to remove chemicals which cause cancer. With pollution all around us Vinegar can help us fight cancer in an astute manner.

Fan of Bulmers?

A lot of my friends are cider puritanists- the type that have a favourite local cider and think that anything that is mass produced loses its charm and is not a good cider- I’m certainly not one of those. One of the first ciders I ever had was Bulmers and I will still defend it to day!

Bulmers has quite a wide range of ciders- that is, they have ciders that have different tastes. The bottles look incredible too- in fact, the bottles were what made me buy this cider in the first place. Two bottles of Bulmers Pear Cider later, there was no going back. Since then, I have tried every one of their flavours, and I still have a hard time choosing between my favourites. Bulmers is quite cheap and a wonderful substitute for hard liquor if I am not in the mood for vodka, of course. It is strong enough to create a buzz, and it tastes absolutely stunning.

Bulmers Cider

The wide range of tastes ensure that people have their own choice of cider- buy one of each flavour before you head to a party, and there will be absolutely no discontent there, I promise!

So, do you like Bulmers? And if you do, what is your favourite flavour?

Ice cider

apples ready for ice harvest

Now I’ve had Icewine before, that delicious late harvest wine picked only when the grapes have been exposed to frost, perfect as a dessert wine. But, Ice Cider I have only just come across in a recent trip to Canada. Following the same principles as Icewine, late harvest apples picked after the cold has had its way with them. First produced in the 1990s it displays the same sort of characteristics as Icewine, in that it has a lovely rich honeyed flavour.

I came back from Canada armed with a few bottles of this to make great gifts, and friends were blown away by the flavour, definitely unique for cider drinkers, rich syrup like consistency and full of apple flavour with hints of crisp acidity that you expect from a cider. This is one to serve chilled on a special occasion, more like a wine with cheeses or dessert. Having been happy with the reception it received, I had a look on Amazon and found a few good examples available, definitely not cheap, but ideal as an alternative present for a cider lover, given they are packaged more like a desert wine. I have tried the Leduc-Piedimonte Ice Cider, and can say it is superb, rich and warm and very decadent.

New world ciders!

We talk a lot about new world wines, but some of these countries have now truly jumped on the cider wagon!

Australian Ginger Beer

For years Australia relied on their own version of Strongbow, just as sweet and commercial as you can imagine. Since the late 90’s however that has changed. Tasmania and Victoria have a great climate for apple production, and are producing some fabulous ciders, Australia even has its own cider organisation Cider Australia  – mind you at their recent award show top honours went to the UK with Thatchers Gold, so they still have some catching up to do! Just like new world wines, new world ciders aren’t limited by century old traditions, so makers are free to play around and produce excellent English style ciders alongside European Cidre. An excellent example of this is Willie Smiths who are producing an excellent Normandy style cidre in Tasmania – a complex, dry thing aged for three months in French oak barrels.

Not surprisingly Australia has also embraced ginger beer, given they have a large supply of fresh grown ginger to hand. Long known for their excellent non-alcoholic Bundaberg Ginger Beer, local brewers are now embracing the alcoholic version. Possibly one of the best around and certainly most intriguingly named is East 9th Brewery with their Lick Pier Ginger Beer.