‘Many benefits of Apple cider vinegar’

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Sep 3rd, 2014
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Apple cider vinegar, known as cider vinegar or ACV, is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple. It has a pale to medium amber colour. Apple cider vinegar is easy to identify in the market, it is the murky brown vinegar, the one with the sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Apple cider vinegar has been used for hundreds of years largely for medicinal purposes.

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is made from nutritious organically grown apples and retains many of the fruits’ beneficial components because raw apple cider vinegar is not pasteurised. And in its two fermentation processes, it produces enzymes and life giving nutrients that make apple cider vinegar the powerhouse it is.

Unpasteurised or organic ACV contains ‘mother of vinegar’, which makes the vinegar look thicker and amber coloured.  The “mother” is made up of living nutrients and bacteria. You can actually see it settled in the bottom of the bottle like sediment.

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 of fermentation process, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria. Acetic acid and malic acid give vinegar its sour taste.

AVC is rich in minerals. Beneficial ingredients in raw apple cider vinegar give it its power to make us feel better, look better and feel energised. Some of the beneficial ingredients in raw apple cider vinegar are- Potassium – helps to prevent brittle teeth, hair loss and runny noses; Pectin – helps to regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol; Malic Acid – gives ACV the properties of being anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal; Calcium – helps create strong bones and teeth; Ash – gives ACV its alkaline property which aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels for a healthy alkaline state and Acetic Acid –acid slows the digestion of starch which can help to lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.

There is a long history of its use in medicine dating back to 400 B.C., when  Hippocrates used it to treat his patients. AVC is considered to be a potent remedy for illnesses and overall health. Here are at a glance some of its health benefits:

Anti-inflammatory: The anti-inflammatory properties of apple cider vinegar work to help internal inflammation within the gastrointestinal tract when added to salads or taken diluted with water. It helps reduce bloating, belching and heartburns.

Aids with weight loss: By regulating blood sugar levels, apple cider vinegar also assists in weight loss. Insulin will not direct sugar to be stored as fat

Clears skin: Apple cider vinegar is astringent and it is an antiseptic. It helps with acne and pimples.

Gets rid of dandruff: The fungus Malassezia furfur, which causes dandruff, is eradicated by the antifungal properties of apple cider vinegar.

Helps with Arthritis: Apple cider vinegar has potent anti-inflammatory properties and helps with pain of the joints.

Lowers glucose in diabetics: Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which can slow down starch digestion. This will help lower glucose levels in the bloodstream.

Lowers bad cholesterol:  The presence of pectin in apple cider vinegar helps reduce bad cholesterol in the body.

Rich in minerals: Potassium, magnesium and many other minerals are in apple cider vinegar. Potassium controls the water balance in the body. Magnesium helps with digestion.

Protects against cancer: Apple cider vinegar contains beta-carotene, which according to the Mayo Clinic, possesses antioxidant properties that counteract damage caused by free radicals. ACV protects against cancer and boosts the immune system.

Yeast Infection: Apple cider vinegar reduces yeast infections in women by adding two tablespoons of the vinegar to a douche. This remedy should be taken with caution.

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