What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple Cider Vinegar is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple and has a pale to medium amber color. It is made by crushing apples and squeezing out the liquid. Bacteria and Yeast are added to the liquid to start the alcoholic fermentation process, and the sugars are turned into alcohol. In a second fermentation process, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria (acetobacter). Acetic acid and malic acid give vinegar its sour taste.
Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits
Apple Cider Vinegar is not only a tasty addition to homemade pickles, marinades, and salad dressing, but is it also good for your health. Organic apple cider vinegar is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal, so it can soothe your sore throat, heal your heartburn, remove that persistent wart and so much more. And above all, it’s all natural and economical. Many of its supposed benefits are unproven, but some experts think that adding a little of this sour liquid to your life may have many health advantages. Some of its health benefits are as follows:-
- Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss. The acetic acid suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention. Apple Cider Vinegar interferes with the body’s digestion of starch, which means fewer calories enter the bloodstream. For weight management, daily add 2-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16-18 ounces of water. Drink this mixture throughout the day. In 16 weeks you will experience a significant decline in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Remember, If you want to lose weight, you will still need to exercise and practice portion control.
- Apple Cider Vinegar for Diabetes and Blood Sugar Control. Study at the Arizona State University found that insulin resistant people who drank a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water before eating a high carbohydrate meal had lower blood sugar afterward. Scientists think the antiglycemic effect of the acid is the key.
- Apple Cider Vinegar for Dandruff. Apple Cider Vinegar is a Dandruff destroyer and it will cost only pennies. Just mix equal parts (about 1/4 cup each) apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray onto your hair after shampoo, let sit for 15 minutes and rinse. Use twice per week, and you should be flake free in no time. One theory suggests that the acidity in the vinegar makes it harder for the fungus that contributes to dandruff to grow on your scalp.
- Apple Cider Vinegar for Digestive System. Apple cider vinegar may just be the solution to help your digestive issues. To reduce gas, dilute a tablespoon of enzyme-rich apple cider vinegar with a cup of water or tea, and drink before a meal. This will also combat constipation, since the vinegar stimulates digestive juices that help your body breakdown food. You can also take a dose as soon as you feel heartburn symptoms coming on for a quick fix. Some theories suggest that heartburn occurs because of low stomach acid levels; so vinegar brings that level up. If you hate the taste of this mixture, try adding a dollop of honey.
- Apple Cider Vinegar for Skin Treatment. Apple cider vinegar can do wonders for your skin. For an all-natural astringent, apply a washcloth soaked in diluted apple cider vinegar to your face. Afterward, the protective acidic layer will make your skin feel smoother, absorb excess oil and reduce fine lines. This works by restoring the proper pH levels to your skin, and beta-carotene helps to counter future skin damage. Plus, a dab of diluted apple cider vinegar left overnight on age spots, pimples or acne scars will help reduce their appearance.
- Apple Cider Vinegar cures Bad Breath. If proper brushing and mouthwash doesn’t do the trick, try the home remedy of using apple cider vinegar to control bad breath. Gargle with it, or drink a teaspoon (diluted with water if you prefer) to kill odor-causing bacteria.
- Apple Cider Vinegar for Sore Throat. When you feel the pain of a sore throat, use germ-busting apple cider vinegar to help heal the infection. Most germs can not survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so. 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.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Side Effects
Excessive amounts of apple cider vinegar (up to 250 ml per day) for six years suggests that long-term, high dosage intake of apple cider vinegar can lower potassium levels in the body as well as reduce bone density (osteoporosis); it is theorized that excessive intake of vinegar can cause hypokalemia, hyperreninemia, and osteoporosis. Apple cider vinegar contains chromium which can alter insulin levels and it is therefore recommended that people who have diabetes should talk to their doctors before using ACV. ACV is highly acidic; in one recorded instance, a woman experienced esophageal burns after an ACV pill got caught in her throat.