Other name: cider vinegar
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar has been a part of the health regimen of centenarians throughout the world for centuries. Apple cider vinegar is made by crushing apples and squeezing out the liquid. During the first step, microorganisms (usually yeast) are added to convert the apple liquid sugars into alcohol. In a second fermentation process, the alcohol is converted by acetic acid-forming bacteria (acetobacter) into vinegar. It is the acetic acid and malic acid that give vinegar its sour taste.
What are the health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar, taken internally, is a folk remedy for a variety of conditions including allergies, sinus infections, acne, high cholesterol, flu, chronic fatigue, candida, acid reflux, sore throats, contact dermatitis, arthritis, gout, and even weight loss. It is thought that apple cider vinegar’s acetic and butyric acids promote gastrointestinal health by balancing pH and encouraging friendly bifido bacterial growth. Apple cider vinegar is also used topically in beauty treatments, as a skin toner.
As far as actual benefits revealed by research, the effect vinegar has on blood sugar levels is the best-researched and the most encouraging of apple cider vinegar’s possible health benefits. Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower glucose levels, making it helpful for diabetics. Other research from recent studies suggests that vinegar could play a role in lowering cholesterol, lowering high blood pressure, and possibly slowing the growth of cancer cells. It should be noted that most of the studies on apple cider vinegar have been done with animals or on cells in a lab, and more studies will have to be done for conclusive evidence.
What are the guidelines for taking Apple Cider Vinegar?
The way it is generally taken is to mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 12 ounces of warm water, and drink in the morning on an empty stomach. However, due to its acidity, apple cider vinegar may be very harsh, even burning to the skin and throat, so take precautions and consult your physician.
Where can I find Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar can be found in most grocery stores and health food stores.
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