Apple Cider Vinegar
Originally vinegar is used as food preservative and much later its medicinal uses came into light. Vinegar can be made from any carbohydrate that can be fermented, such as grapes, dates, coconuts, beets, potato and apples. Today we will know the benefits of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is made by fermenting the apple cider. It is made from organically grown apples and retains many beneficial components because the raw apple cider vinegar is not pasteurised. Clear vinegar loses most of the benefits through its processing and distilling, whereas apple cider vinegar is made up of living nutrients and bacteria which can be seen settled in the bottom of the bottle.
This apple cider vinegar contains potassium, which fights against the brittle teeth, hair loss etc.
Pectin: It helps regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.
Malic acid: It gives the apple cider vinegar the properties of being resistant to viruses, bacteria and fungus.
Calcium: It helps build strong teeth and bones.
Acetic acid: It appears that this acid slows down the digestion of starch, which can help lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.
Ash: It gives apple cider vinegar its alkaline property, which aids your body in maintaining proper pH levels for a healthy alkaline state.
Benefits of apple cider vinegar
- Raw apple cider vinegar helps improve bowel irregularity, thereby removing toxins from the body at a faster rate.
- It helps break down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them. For this reason many diets include apple cider vinegar in their regimen.
- Apple cider vinegar helps break up and helps reduce mucous in your body, helping to clear your sinuses. It also has anti-bacterial properties making it useful for infections.
- The anti-bacterial properties in apple cider vinegar may be useful for sore throats as well. Gargle with the mixture of about one third of apple cider vinegar mixed with warm water as needed.
- Apple cider vinegar is helpful to cure a number of skin ailments such as bug bites, poison ivy, sunburn etc. It can be applied directly on the irritated area or soak in the bath with about one cup of vinegar added.
- A recent study revealed that consumption of apple cider vinegar over an eight week period can significantly reduce harmful blood lipids that contribute to high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people who suffer from hyperlipidemia that is too many fats in the blood.
- Apple cider vinegar also helps in joint pains and stiffness. Just apply it on the affected area.
- Apple cider vinegar is considered to be one of the best natural cleaning agents owing to its anti-microbial properties.
- You can rinse your hair with one cup of vinegar added to five cups of water to remove the product build up and to get rid of dandruff.
- You can remove pesticides and bacteria from fruits and vegetables by soaking them for few minutes in vinegar solution. You can add one part of vinegar to 10 parts of water.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna