The saying goes that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and as cider is made from apples is only logically that cider must be good for you.
So you’ll be pleased to hear that recent studies have in fact found that there are health benefits to drinking cider, so you can be safe in the knowledge that cider doesn't just taste good but is good for you too!
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For those who suffer from celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, it is necessary to maintain a constant guard on what foods contain gluten, Cider unlike beer doesn't contain gluten, so those sensitive to gluten can happily enjoy glass (or two) of cider without worry.
Relieve Stomach aches.
Now whilst we wouldn't suggest starting your day with cider each morning to relieve a stomach ache, founding father John Adams swore that a tankard of the good stuff each morning ailed his stomach ache! If you happen to be feeling poorly the carbonation of sparkling cider can help aid and ease an upset stomach - now that's one way to make yourself feel better that we can get behind!
Just like red wine, cider contains antioxidants thanks to the apples that go into making it. Cider is made from apples and apple skin contains tannins, it's these tannins where the antioxidants lie! Antioxidants can help slow down the free radicals in your body that can cause a whole host of negative health problems, including cancer or heart disease.
Whilst cider can’t cure these problems drinking it can help provide the antioxidants needed to help prevent, slow down and reduce the likeliness of these health problems occurring - so grab a glass and start making a health-conscious decision that tastes pretty damn good as well!
As we all know by now Vitamin C is known for its array of health benefits, including strengthening of the immune system and even the power to boost your mood. Cider is rich in vitamin C - so make sure you get an extra dose by drinking plenty of cider.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts and whilst bacteria may not sound like a good thing, but it's important to have a balanced mix of them to help you digest food, regulate your immune system and produce vitamin k - which is key in helping your blood clot.
Fermented drinks such as cider have been labeled the next functional food for probiotic delivery - helping improve gastrointestinal health due to the presence of polyphenols. Polyphenols are natural compounds found in apples and doses of polyphenols have been shown to help maintain good gut health, as well as reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.
So drink up it's good for you!
So there you have it - Cider provides a whole host of health benefits that can leave you safe in the knowledge that your next cider isn’t just something you can enjoy but something you can argue is actually good for you - and therefore necessary!