Apple cider vinegar, a widely popular folk remedy, is produced from fermented apple juice, and contains a wide array of vitamins and minerals that offer several health benefits. One of its most popular benefits is for relieving the symptoms of menopause and perimenopause.
Apple cider vinegar helps relieve hot flushes, one of the most common symptoms of menopause. A 2002 study by the Mayo Clinic found that between 75 to 80 per cent of all women in America experience hot flushes. (See resources below.) It offers an effective alternative to women who cannot undergo hormonal treatment or who simply want to use a natural remedy.
Apple cider vinegar also helps to relieve night sweats, another symptom of menopause. Night sweats are episodes of significant sweating occurring during the night. They typically cause perspiration on the chest and back of the head, dampening sleep wear and bed linens.
You can formulate your own daily tonic for hot flushes and night sweats from apple cider vinegar. Stir 1/2 teaspoon each of honey and apple cider vinegar into a glass of warm water, fruit or herbal tea, along with a dash of cayenne pepper. Drink this once a day. This drink makes a great tonic, keeping helping promote normal perspiration and reducing hot flushes. Gradually increase the amount of cayenne up to a 1/2 teaspoon.
Apple cider vinegar contains calcium, a vital building-block of bone, as well as magnesium and manganese, which help to sustain bone mass and prevent or slow the progression of osteoporosis. It also promotes the body's absorption of calcium from the foods you eat.
To benefit from apple cider vinegar, women should take 2 to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per day. If, like most people, you cannot take apple cider vinegar straight, dilute it in a glass of warm water or juice sweetened with honey, agave syrup or raw sugar to make it more palatable. Apple cider vinegar may also be used as a salad dressing.
To maximise apple cider vinegar benefits for menopause symptoms, opt for the unprocessed, unfiltered variety over the clear, sparkling variety of apple cider vinegar. The processing of apple cider vinegar strips it of most of the healthy nutrients that are so beneficial for menopause.