5. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has become incredibly popular among health and fitness gurus in recent years, but in actual fact it’s been used for centuries in cooking, cleaning, health, skin care and more, dating as far back as Hippocrates, who supposedly used it as a health tonic. Made by fermenting apples, the health benefits of apple cider vinegar are numerous and varied.
Apple cider vinegar can help reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, regulate digestion, improve circulation, treat dandruff, heartburn and skin conditions, and even cure hiccups. Apple cider vinegar contains beneficial nutrients like vitamins B1, B2, B6, and vitamin C, as well as biotin, folic acid, pectin, niacin and pantothenic acid, plus essential minerals like potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosphorus.
Apple cider vinegar contains large amounts of antioxidants in the form of polyphenols like catechin, quercetin and epicatechin. It also contains acetic acid, which is the main active ingredient and the component that gives vinegar that familiar, bitter taste and smell. Apple cider vinegar is an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis as it is a diuretic and laxative, which can eliminate the various toxins that cause pain and inflammation. It can also replenish vitamin and mineral deficiencies that contribute to arthritis.
To use apple cider vinegar for rheumatoid arthritis, simply mix a tablespoon of it with water and drink once or twice a day. The taste can be quite off-putting, but adding some honey will make it much more palatable. You can also use it topically, either by adding it to your bath or soaking some gauze in it and applying it directly to the affected area. Remember not to drink it undiluted though, as the acidity can damage the delicate lining of the esophagus and the enamel on your teeth. And make sure you purchase only organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, as this will contain the most benefits.