Health Benefits - Shrubs

A shrub is a vinegar that's been infused with fruits and herbs. We use a very traditional recipe in the making of our shrubs. We use the highest quality organic apple cider vinegar, organic fruits and herbs, and organic honey from one of the oldest honeybee farms in the state of Colorado. 

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Lower blood sugar levels

Drinking apple cider vinegar before a high carbohydrate meal improves insulin sensitivity, slowing the rate of blood sugar levels rising in people who are insulin resistant (a pre-diabetes condition) or have type-2 diabetes, according to a 2004 study. The researchers note that vinegar may possess physiological effects similar to the anti-diabetes medications acarbose and metformin.

Protects heart health

Balsamic vinegar prevents the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is believed to contribute to atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up in the arteries, blocking blood flow and in some cases, eventually leading to a heart attack or stroke, according to a 2010 study.

Weight loss

The condiment can easily replace unhealthy fats, namely, in commercial salad dressing. “What I love to do is take a favorite dressing, even blue cheese, which is rich and high in calories, and I dilute it down with vinegar,” suggests Taub-Dix, who splits commercial dressing into two bottles and fills up the remaining half with vinegar. “The vinegar adds a delicious flavor and cuts calories in half. Or I make my own dressing at home with balsamic or champagne vinegar.”

Kills bacteria

Vinegar is thought to have antibacterial properties that can help fight the infection behind a sore throat. The acidity decreases the pH of tissue, which helps prevent bacteria from growing on its surface. In addition, a 2014 study even found that vinegar’s ingredient, acetic acid, which gives vinegar its tart flavor and strong odor, acts as a non-toxic disinfectant against drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) bacteria.

Cancer protection

Vinegars are a rich source of polyphenols, compounds synthesized by plants to fight oxidative stress. According to 2006 research, consuming polyphenols enhances antioxidant protection and reduces cancer risk.

Settles Indigestion

According to tradition, apple cider vinegar may help produce regular bowel movements. If you're struggling with either diarrhea or constipation, drink diluted cider vinegar three times per day to help regulate your digestive system.

Clears up acne

If your face is prone to breakouts, proponents of cider vinegar assert it may help clear your acne. This theory maintains that the acid in cider vinegar kills bacteria, balances the pH of your skin and absorbs excess oil. Mix vinegar with water and rub on your skin with a cotton ball. Rinse after 10 minutes.

Kills bad breath

The vinegar's anti-bacterial properties may help break down plaque and kill bacteria that cause halitosis and even a sore throat.

Balances your pH levels

Proponents claim apple cider vinegar helps restore alkalinity in the body, which can boost metabolism, strengthen immunity and slow the aging-process to give you clearer, wrinkle-free skin—but there’s no research to verify these claims.

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Blueberry & Mint Classic Shrub

Packed with blueberries' antioxidants, fiber, potassium and vitamin C, this shrub maintains the integrity of the fruit to help lower the amount of cholesterol in the blood, decreasing the risk of heart disease. Mint is excellent in the promotion of digestion as well as calming and curing nausea and headaches. Mint acts as a natural stimulant, waking the senses to battle fatigue, and has been proven to aid in alertness and memory retention.

Cherry & Thyme Classic Shrub

Cherries carry with them powerful antioxidants such as anthocyanins and cyanidin. Their power to reduce inflammation aids in arthritis pain relief and post-workout muscle pain. Thyme is also a significant source of antioxidants, containing a number of flavanoids such as apigenin, naringenin, luteolin, and thymonin. This hearty herb is an excellent source of vitamin A and C, as well as dietary fiber, iron, manganese and copper.

Ginger & Pear Classic Shrub

Ginger has a long history of relieving digestive problems such as nausea or morning sickness, motion sickness, and any loss of appetite. The hearty root is also anti inflammatory reducing muscle pain or soreness. Ginger is also used as it may lower blood sugar reducing the risk of heart disease. Pear adds a beautiful perfume to this vinegar balancing out the strength of the ginger. It also brings with it great benefits in antioxidants such as vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, a long list of anti- inflammatory compounds as well as a very long list of phytonutrients. Pears have been associated with the reduction of several chronic common diseases that develop from chronic inflammation and excessive oxidative stress.

Peach & Rose Classic Shrub

Roses are rich in flavanoids, tannins, antioxidants and vitamins A, B3, C, D and E making them super beneficial to skin care. They are also efficient in cleansing the gallbladder and liver, helping to improve bile secretion and relief from constipation. Peaches have proven in this shrub to be a beautiful match for rose. Bringing alone its own perfumes, this flavorful fruit calms the rose with its natural sugars and also packs a punch with rich phytochemicals that act as antioxidants. Used as a kidney cleanser in China, peaches have a diuretic effect that also cleanses the bladder. They contain great amounts of vitamins A and C, are great in battling anxiety and an upset stomach. According to research peaches have shown to inhibit the growth of tumors based on their excellent antimicrobial and antioxidant activity.

Persimmon & Lavender Classic Shrub

Persimmon vinegar is most popular in Asian countries. On their own, persimmons are rich in vitamin A, B6 and C. They carry with them significant minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber. Benefits also include the prevention of liver and intestinal damage, the lowering of bad cholesterol, and the enhancement of endurance and stamina. We all know lavender for it's benefits in stress and anxiety relief, but this hearty herb is also great for a number of other benefits. Among other similar hearty herbs, lavender is high in antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used for its effectiveness to heal intestinal gas, nausea, upset stomachs, abdominal swelling, headaches and toothaches.

 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for centuries as a ‘cure all’ to heal various things from calming indigestion, soothing heartburn, lowering blood pressure and promoting weight loss. We know you will find our Shrub blends much more palatable than taking straight vinegar, yet still amazing for your overall health.

 

Resources

 

Shrubs:

10 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

6 Proven Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar and Health

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Shrubs: The Reason You Should Be Drinking Vinegar This Summer