Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for ailments and certain conditions, for making pickles, killing unwanted weeds, for cleaning, and in cooking. Since its popularity has not ceased even today, it is sold over the counter for anyone who wants it. When reading this article, note that some of the touted health benefits have no scientific evidence behind them, but some people claim that it has been helpful in just about everything.

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar contains many vitamins and minerals, and has natural bacteria-fighting properties. Potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, chlorine, sodium, copper, iron, sulfur, fluorine, and silicone are components to this vinegar and essential to be taken in by the human body in certain quantities.

How is it made?
Apple cider vinegar is made by crushing organically grown apples and storing them in wooden barrels so they can mature. During this process, the fermentation that is undergone is completely natural and allows for the vinegar to retain all of its beneficial properties; fermentation is the process when sugars are broken down by bacteria and yeast. First, alcohol is produced from this breakdown, and then if it continues, vinegar ensues. Many types of vinegar that are bought in the grocery store are distilled to a certain extent, causing a loss of these properties. After the vinegar matures, it produces the mother, which is a dark, cloudy, web-like foam of bacteria and is visible to the eye. The presence of this bacterial clump is the signal that it is true Apple Cider Vinegar, and hasn’t been distilled or overly processed. The mother provides enzymes and minerals that other vinegars are lacking. The pH is generally acidic, ranging from a level of 5-7.

Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
There are many benefits of natural apple cider vinegar, anything from curing skin conditions and strengthening the immune system to curing bad breath and body odor. Let’s take a look at the health benefits and other benefits of this vinegar.

  • Reduces sinus infections.
  • Lessens the symptoms of a sore throat.
  • Cures skin conditions, including acne, age spots, and cellulite.
  • Protects against food poisoning.
  • Fights allergies.
  • Prevents muscle fatigue after strenuous exercise.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Increases stamina.
  • Increases metabolism, which can lead to weight loss.
  • Improves digestions, aiding in both constipation and diarrhea.
  • Alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.
  • Prevents urinary tract infections and kidney stones.
  • Makes a good cure for bad breath.
  • Adjusts the skin’s pH level, killing bacteria that cause body odor.
  • May be able to control blood sugar levels, which makes it beneficial for those with diabetes.
  • Regulates blood pressure.
  • Regulates high cholesterol levels.
  • Can be used in pets to reduce symptoms of arthritis, fleas, and gives their coat a shiny appearance.

How to Get You Apple Cider Vinegar in Your Diet
Apple cider vinegar can be consumed in many different ways. A common and easy one is to mix 2 tablespoons each of the vinegar and honey in a glass of water and drink it; this is very popular thing to do first thing in the morning. It can also be a substitute for oil in salads or salad dressings, or used to pickle fruits or vegetables. Apple Cider Vinegar, along with a few additional herbs and spices, makes an excellent marinade, and you can use it on just about any meat, including pork, lamb, beef, or chicken. This type of vinegar can be used on the body externally as well. For the skin conditions listed above, or to make your hair shine, apply it to the desired area.

Last updated on Aug 21st, 2010 and filed under Alternative Medicine. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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