- Apple cider vinegar, known as cider vinegar or ACV, is a type of vinegar made from cider or apple and has a pale to medium amber color. Unpasteurized or organic ACV contains mother of vinegar, which makes the vinegar look thicker and amber colored.
ACV is used in salads, marinades and vinaigrettes. 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. Acetic acid and malic acid give vinegar its sour taste.
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (AVC) is rich in minerals. 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 the top 10 health benefits:
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
Apple cider vinegar is astringent and 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 protect against cancer and boost the immune system.
Apple cider vinegar reduces yeast infections in women by adding 2 tablespoons of the vinegar to a douche. This remedy should be taken with caution.
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