Apple Cider Vinegar and Allergies: The Evidence

Apple-Cider-Vinegar-and-Allergy-Prevention_CoralTreeWe will know the adage, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. While it is something that we are all aware of, fermented apple cider vinegar proves to be even more beneficial. For centuries vinegar was used to cure a number of illnesses mainly due to its medicinal properties. The benefits of apple cider vinegar dates back to the time of Hippocrates. Going forward in the modern world, science has discovered phenomenal benefits of using apple cider vinegar to combat allergies. 

How does apple cider vinegar help? 

Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting high quality apples which brings about nutritious bioactive compounds present in the fruit. The process increases the antioxidant and antimicrobial potency. Our digestive system is closely associated with our immune system. Infected individuals with good gut health also has a better immunity. Around 90% of the immune cells are present in our intestine. Eating and drinking food which contains healthy bacteria is one way of ensuring good health. 

  • Apple cider vinegar balances the pH of the human body. The whole system is cleansed effectively. 
  • It helps clear out the lymph nodes. The majority of the bacteria, toxins, fungi and viruses accumulate in the lymph nodes. During the allergy season you can feel the swelling of the nodes in the neck or the back of the throat. 
  • The body gets rid of toxins by creating an allergic reaction. As a result most people when exposed to allergens start sneezing or coughing. Also pH balance in the body is affected. Using apple cider vinegar not only helps get rid of the acidic toxins but also balances the pH by making it slightly more alkaline. As a result mucus production is reduced and congestion is released. 

There is a great deal more to apple cider vinegar 

It is just not effective for combating allergies but has a host of other benefits as well.  

  • It helps in the reduction of bad cholesterol LDL, and helps prevent heart disease. 
  • Amino acids present in Apple cider vinegar also help reduce the inflammation caused after severe exercise. 
  • There are several studies that indicate that drinking apple cider vinegar improves insulin sensitivity in diabetics. It helps by balancing the blood sugar levels.  
  • It reduces appetite and aids in weight loss 
  • When used in cooking the vinegar effectively gets rid of e-coli and salmonella contamination. 

The best kind of apple cider vinegar is made from apples which are grown organically. It is completely unfiltered and unprocessed.  

According to the Environmental Working GroupsDirty Dozen list, twelve foods have the highest amount of pesticides. Apples are considered as the number one produce which is contaminated and tops the list. 

It should be kept in mind that the more processing something undergoes, the less beneficial it is for our body. Unprocessed apple cider vinegar has a murky appearance and comprises of strand like substances, known as the mother, present in the bottleThese strands are known as the mother. It contains essential phytonutrients which help you lead a healthy life. It is rich in gut healthy bacteria, proteins and enzymes. 

Using apple cider vinegar on a daily basis keeps you and your loved ones safe from allergies. Why use antihistamines which make you feel drowsy when there is invigorating apple cider vinegar to be consumed. What’s more you don’t even have to worry about contamination from pesticides because Coral tree organic apple cider vinegar is free from all harmful chemicals. 

References:

(1) Budak, N. H., Aykin, E., Seydim, A. C., Greene, A. K. and Guzel-Seydim, Z. B. (2014), Functional Properties of Vinegar. Journal of Food Science, 79: R757–R764

(2) Johnston CS et al. Vinegar Improves Insulin Sensitivity to a High-Carbohydrate Meal in Subjects With Insulin Resistance or Type 2 Diabetes Diabetes Care 2004 Jan; 27(1): 281-282

(3) Ostman E et al. Vinegar supplementation lowers glucose and insulin responses and increases satiety after a bread meal in healthy subjects. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2005 Sep;59(9):983-8

(4) Entani E et al. Antibacterial action of vinegar against food-borne pathogenic bacteria including Escherichia coli O157:H7. J Food Prot. 1998 Aug;61(8):953-9.

(5) Yucel S, Karapinar M. Effectiveness of household natural sanitizers in the elimination of Salmonella typhimurium on rocket (Eruca sativa Miller) and spring onion (Allium cepa L.). Int J Food Microbiol. 2005 Feb 15;98(3):319-23.

(6) Schwalfenberg G. The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline pH Diet Benefits Health? J Environ Public Health. 2012; 2012: 727630.

(7) Warrington R et al. An introduction to immunology and immunopathology. Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology20117(Suppl 1):S1

(8) Ewg.org. (2016). EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce. [online] Available at: https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php [Accessed 14 May 2016].

Infection Prevention with Apple Cider Vinegar: The Evidence

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While we have heard about the term superfoods, if there existed the term known as super liquids, apple cider vinegar would be on top of its list. It not only helps in controlling diabetes and preventing heart disease but it also helps people lose weight by curbing appetite and help get rid of allergies as well. There are many medicinal properties of apple cider vinegar. The following is some evidence on its infection preventing properties.

It helps get rid of food contamination

There is scientific evidence which proves the presence of antimicrobial powers in apple cider vinegar. This allows it to be used for reducing food contamination. Various studies show that it reduces contamination caused by E coli (which causes diarrhea), Listeria ( which causes listeriosis), and salmonella (which causes typhoid fever). It was observed that washing the produce with vinegar would result in getting rid of all the above mentioned bacteria from the food.

 

Apple cider vinegar for treating fungal infections

A recent study published in the 2011 Thi-Qar Medical Journal, revealed the surprising antifungal properties present in Apple Cider vinegar. Studies focus on the effect of Apple Cider Vinegar on the fungus Candida Albicans. Study compares the effects of apple cider vinegar compared with the traditional antifungal drug fluconazole. A group of individuals suffering from otomycosis (ear canal condition associated with the overgrowth of fungus) were divided into two groups. The first group was treated with Fluconazole and the other group was treated using apple cider vinegar. After taking ear swabs from the patients it was observed that Apple Cider vinegar treated candida even better than Fluconazole.

Based on the evidence provided by the study it can safely be assumed apple cider vinegar is a safe therapy or substitute treatment for fungal infections. While it was a small study comprising of only 18 individuals the results are such which can’t be refuted.

Apple cider vinegar for treating infections

Apple cider vinegar has many medicinal properties which allow it to be used to for a number of medical treatments.

  • The National Candida Centre in America talks about using 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider vinegar mixed with warm filtered water as a douching treatment for vaginal infections.
  • Theresa Ramsey, naturopathy doctor and author suggest using a tonic made with one teaspoon apple cider vinegar to treat tonsil infections.
  • She also recommend’s that it can be used for treatment of athlete’s foot, rashes, calluses, acne and warts.

Historical evidence on the use of apple cider vinegarACV_Shop_ad_CoralTree

The use of Apple Cider vinegar dates back to 3000 BC. It was used in abundance by ancient Chinese, Japanese and European civilizations. It is indeed amazing that the use of Apple Cider vinegar has remained constant throughout the ages. it is still considered nothing short of a miracle that it is able to treat so many diseases.

Just don’t take our word for it, come and experience it for yourself. Make sure you purchase a bottle of unpreserved and unfiltered apple cider vinegar to see its benefits on your health. Order your CoralTree Organic Apple Cider Vinegar online now.

 

References on Apple Cider Vinegar and Treating Infections

(1) Jabir HB et al. In vitro assessment of antifungal potential of apple cider vinegar and acetic acid versus fluconazole in clinical isolates of otomycosis. Thi-Qar Medical Journal (TQMJ): Vol(5) No(1):2011(126-133)

(2) Johnston CS, Gaas CA. Vinegar: Medicinal Uses and Antiglycemic Effect. MedGenMed. 2006; 8(2): 61

(3) VIjayakumar C, Wolf-Hall CE. Minimum bacteriostatic and bactericidal concentrations of household sanitizers for Escherichia coli strains in tryptic soy broth. Food Microbiology

Volume 19, Issue 4, August 2002, Pages 383–388

(4) Rhee MS et al. Antimicrobial Effects of Mustard Flour and Acetic Acid against Escherichia coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. May 2003 vol. 69 no. 5 2959-2963

(5) Molina PM et al. Effects of acidic broth and juices on the growth and survival of verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (VTEC). Food Microbiology

Volume 22, Issue 5, October 2005, Pages 469–473

(6) Alternative medicine & treatments for vaginal yeast infection (2014) Available at: http://www.nationalcandidacenter.com/Vaginal-Yeast-Infection-s/1832.htm (Accessed: 16 May 2016).

(7) Raw organic apple cider vinegar – many uses (2016) Available at: http://www.drramsey.com/raw-organic-apple-cider-vinegar-many-uses/ (Accessed: 16 May 2016).

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Apple Cider Vinegar and Heart Disease: The Evidence

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Managing heart disease only takes about two to three teaspoonful of Apple Cider Vinegar a day. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? There is enough evidence out there to verify this claim. It’s a fact which has been proved by medical science over and over. 

Studies point out that vinegar or acetic acid solution when administered to rats reduce the systolic blood pressure by 20 mmHg. It also helps reduce the effects of renin and aldosterone by up to 40% and 30% respectivelyThese are the two hormone responsible for increasing the blood pressure. Lowering the activity of these hormones would help control and level the blood pressure. 

Evidence based studies on the benefits of apple cider vinegar 

According to Nurse’s health study which involved 1000 nurses, it was noted that using apple cider vinegar lowered the risk of heart disease. The effect was observed in nurses who took a healthy dose of salads mixed with oil and vinegar on a daily basis. While some people might say that it was the Omega fats present in the oil and not the vinegar which worked

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it was actually the other way round. A second study was carried out in which a group of nurses who ate salad topped with mayonnaise dressing. While it did contain the rich Omega 3 fatty acids, there was no vinegar in their diet and as a result no reduction in heart disease either. 

Apple cider vinegar balances the lipid profile. The presence of chlorogenic acid (found in apple cider vinegar) prevents the arteries from becoming clogged with bad cholesterolIn order to demonstrate its effects; apple cider vinegar was given to two groups of rats for four weeks. One was a group of normal rats and the other comprised of diabetic rats. It was observed that the bad cholesterol was reduced by around 47% while the good cholesterol increase by 34% in the first group. However, it also reduced the amount of triglycerides and increased HDL in the second group as well. In other words it was apparent that Apple cider vinegar helped manage cholesterol levels. 

The claim that fruits and vegetables reduce the development of chronic disease is backed by scientific evidence. This can be attributed to the presence of phytonutrients present in vegetables and fruits. Apples are rich in quercetin, catechin and phloridzin. All of these are strong antioxidants. However processing the juice can greatly lower the nutritional content. On th

e other hand Coral trees and processed apple cider vinegar is completely unprocessed and is rich with phytonutrients.  

Call tree is apple cider vinegar is one of the best organic vinegar out there. It has proved to be beneficial for many people. You want to ensure your heart health make sure that you drink it on a regular basis. It should be kept in mind that Apple cider vinegar differs from Apple cider and plain apple juice. It is in fact a fermented and concentrated drink, which contains all the goodness of the nutrients found in apples 

References:

T Kondo, M Kishi, T Fushimi, S Ugajin, T Kaga. Vinegar intake reduces body weight, body fat mass, and serum triglyceride levels in obese Japanese subjects. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2009 Aug;73(8):1837-43.

Boyer J, Liu RH. Apple phytochemicals and their health benefits. Nutrition Journal20043:5

2008 Shishehbor, A. Mansoori, A.R. Sarkaki, M.T. Jalali and S.M. Latifi, 2008. Apple Cider Vinegar Attenuates Lipid Profile in Normal and Diabetic Rats. Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences, 11: 2634-2638.

Johnston CS, Gass CA. Vinegar: Medicinal Uses and Antiglycemic Effect. MedGenMed. 2006; 8(2): 61.

Feeling Great: Apple Cider Vinegar and Acid-Alkaline Balance

We all aim to achieve balance. It is something that we often strive for but find difficult. The health of a body depends upon striking the right balance between the acidity and alkalinity. Apple cider vinegar fermented at Coral tree has restorative properties:

  • It helps our body achieve a pH balance
  • Allows the body to go into a state of homeostasis, the ability to function and heal at the highest level

pH 101: achieving the right balance

The pH of a substance describes it acid and alkaline ratio. It ranges from 0 which is the most acidic to 14 which is the most alkaline. pH refers to potential hydrogen. It describes the amount of positively charged hydrogen ions and the negatively charged hydrogen ions that we carry.

Neither acidic pH is considered bad nor is alkaline considered good. The pH of the body can vary from one organ to the other. The key is to ensure that the acidity and alkalinity in our body is balanced in the right form. There are some areas which are more acidic to keep the bacteria away such as the skin. The hydrochloric acid present in the stomach which helps break down the food is also an acid. In order to ensure that you are completely healthy, your blood needs to have a pH balance of just under 7.4 which is considered slightly alkaline.

However things like stress, are lifestyle choices, environment, the chemicals that we ingest, food that we eat can completely alter the pH levels in our body. Our diet comprises of acidic foods like sugars, meats grains and caffeine. Over the long run the acidic PH can hinder the structure and functions of our cells.

This can lead to:

  • Inflammation
  • Lack of nutrition
  • Unchecked growth of fungus, yeast and microbes in the body
  • Problem with cellular regeneration

Apple cider vinegar to the rescue

Vinegar is acid in its dilute form. When you drink it you can taste the familiar acetic acid. Its impact on our body is pretty different. It can help control the blood sugar levels and lower the acidity of foods such as sugar and fatty foods.

When ingested the acetic acid can actually act as an alkaline forming liquid in our body. Once it is completely metabolized, the minerals dissociate into the bloodstream and provide an alkalizing effect.

Apple cider vinegar consists of phytochemicals which the scientist believe to be the strongest weapons against fighting cancer.

It helps improve the body’s absorption of important minerals from the food that you eat.

Using Coral tree is apple cider vinegar for achieving pH balance

  • A daily teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and lemon juice can prove to be a tonic which would help clean your digestive system. It increases your metabolism and helps neutralize excessive acid in the body.
  • The Apple b range can replace your call of living with can replace your cola craving with refreshing flavors – all the sugar.

Resources

Want to know more about Acid-Alkaline balance? We’ve found these all really helpful?

  • The Ultimate pH Solution by Michelle Schoffro-Cook
  • The Acid-Akaline Diet for Optimum Health by Christopher Vasey
  • Healing is Voltage by Jerry Tennant

Video: Summer in the Organic Apple Orchard

Another behind the scenes look at how we grow our delicious and organic produce by harnessing the natural energies of the sun. We ensure biodynamic orchard integration along with careful management of natural processes for growing our apples.

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Hi, welcome. Kim from CoralTree here. We’re here at one of our organic orchards just on the outskirts of Otaki. The Otaki River is just behind us here. We’ve got the Tararua Ranges to our left and the coast, west coast here, not far away. Otaki is a really lovely spot on the beautiful Kapiti Coast. We’ve got the Otaki River bringing down all that lovely fertile silts down that have set the Otaki plains here growing. We’ve got abundance of growth happening at the moment. Moisture, there’s been a little bit of a problem this season. We’ve had a little bit too much rain, but things are starting to warm up now. The sunshine is really coming through. We’ve got the longest day of the year happening in the next few days, and the apple trees are really going well.

It is really lovely being in these orchards and there is an energy that sometimes we’re not aware of. I can hear the birds singing here. A little bird flying from tree to tree there, and the whole insect life that’s happening. Normally in an environment like this where we’ve got the herbal leys and the trees and then the bigger shelter trees behind us is hosting a whole range of different things that are going on.

Conventional orchards are run with complete control so there is chemical sprays and insecticides there, and it becomes an environmental desert, but we’ve got this oasis happening here that’s just bringing in all of those diverse elements. The whole complexities, even more complex I think than what we are seeing. There’s a whole lot of different elements coming together here to add that resilience that nature gives us. I hope you enjoyed the first couple of videos. We’ve been trying to introduce you to some of the simple concepts of growing so in the first videos we showed the life force starting and the dormancy process moving into leaves and flowers developing.

The second video we’re showing you the flowers and the diversity that that brings into the orchards and the fruit setting and the seeds starting to form inside as those flowers have been pollinated. Now what we’re looking at is obviously the fruit here is developing around the seed, and the tree has got lots and lots of green leaves, and so the next element I really want to bring in now is the sunshine. That’s the key driver for all life processes on the planet. The trees are simply the solar panels taking that solar energy and converting it through photosynthesis and now building that energy that they’re harvesting into beautiful fruit.

This period now, starting from spring, as the fruit is forming the trees have been going through a lot of cell division and multiplication trying to get that fruit forming and setting. It’s been quite a stressful period for the trees, but we’re now coming up to the longest day of the year which will trigger the tree from the development phase that it’s been going through into that ripening phase where these apples will be expanding and the sugar contents will be rising.

The point I’m trying to work through here is that the photosynthesis from the sunshine, through the leaf converting that energy into energy that it’s transferring into, obviously, growth and branches and leaves, but most particularly into that fruit, so the fruit will be ripening up between now and our harvest time and that’s the sugars that the fruit is offering for us.

What’s happening here, some of the things that I can see happening here. The organic growers are allowing this whole diversity that normally would be chemically sprayed out, and weed strips under the trees. They’re allowing these things that we would normally term weed, but they’re part of the whole natural cycle that nature is trying to work some kind of a balance back into these blocks and using these diverse range of plants. We’ve got right from clovers, plantains, and the thistles, and blackberry even coming through to bring quality back onto the property that here was removed when we’ve come in and disrupted it.

The organic grower is really focusing on trying to allow nature that freedom to work with us instead of against us, and using the things that she’s offering us in a positive way so that it’s helping the trees here to balance. We’re getting better biological activity happening down in the soil. We’re getting much more earthworm and fungal growths happening that are transforming all the leaf litter into good humus so the tree has got a really good strong solid base to be growing, both lovely leaves, and this beautiful fruit for us. It’s so easy for humans to go back to controlling and chemically intervening in these systems to try and do what they think is beneficial, but it just adds a whole restraint on nature. It stops nature from working and giving us the diversity that she sees needs to be put into these blocks.

Thanks for watching, everybody. I hope you’ve enjoyed this third video. We’ve tried to add a little bit more interesting information in for you to explain more of the organic environment that George and Jackie here have been creating, and I’d like to just thank them for having this special space here and allowing us to shoot. Over the next month or so we’ll be taking some shots into the processing plant and showing more of the production of our apple cider vinegar, so please leave any comments and questions below. Yeah. Look forward to seeing you next time.

Video: Flowering & Diversity in the Organic Apple Orchard

An exclusive behind the scene look on how we manage to bottle sunshine and create the world’s best apple cider vinegar with the help of organically grown apples. The key components of our farming is based on biodynamic farming methods. It’s our innate philosophy that diversity results in resilience.

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Hi. Welcome back. I’m Kim from CoralTree. We’re here on a small orchard block that’s on the outskirts of Otaki. I want to show you some of the diversity that’s happening here in our orchard. Come on through, and I’ll show you what’s going on. This time of year the apple trees are quite susceptible to a whole range of different problems. Normally the insect problems or fungal problems would be chemically controlled. We here have got the diversity of the animals through the system for a whole range of different reasons. It’s meat production, it’s egg production, but they’re also doing an incredible valuable asset to the orchard in helping to fertilize it and in particular in the next month or so helping the insect control here under the apple trees.

This is a Monty’s Surprise apple tree that we’ve got here growing. It’s one of the old Heritage variety of apples that we are trying to get that diversity back into the orchards. The Heritage apples will give us that resilience back again. We’ve got a lovely sunny day here today. The bees are out flying. They’re pollinating these flowers that are fully opened here. These are some flowers that petals have fallen, and the stamen have been pollinated. The key thing that nature is showing us is the diversity that she constantly produces. Each one of those little stamen are going to develop into a completely unique plant variety.

This is an old Monty’s Surprise that I’ve just kept in the chiller from last season, just to see how long it’s going to last. I’m just interested to see what it’s texture is still like. It’s obviously starting to deteriorate. This is one of the perks of being an organic grower. Just being able to see and observe nature’s formative processes happening, the 5 petals, the flower is still here in the flesh of the apple.

Thank you for watching. If you want any more information on Monty’s Surprise, the Heritage apples we’re growing here, check out the website, CoralTree.co.nz and stay tuned. We’ll be doing another video with some apples growing on some of the other blocks and leave any comments below. Thanks.