Apple cider vinegar is used as a dressing on salads. It is used in chutneys, marinades, vinaigrettes, food preservatives. Apple cider vinegar has therapeutic properties. It has been claimed to have many health benefits. It is very effective in losing weight and preventing many infections. It is prepared by crushing apples. It is prepared with vinegar which is processed with apples, sugar and yeast. After crushing, the liquid is squeezed out. For alcoholic fermentation process bacteria and yeast is added to the liquid. Another way for fermenting is by converting alcohol into vinegar with acetobacter (acetic acid-forming bacteria). The vinegar acquires its sour taste due to Acetic acid and malic acid.
It is also known with the name cider vinegar. It is easily found in health food stores. It is very much in demand among people who are too health conscious.
1. Relieves Pain in Arthritis
Mix vinegar along with raw honey and prepare a mixture which is palatable.
It is very effective in osteoarthritis (Read more here). One may also add on or two tablespoons of ACV to herbal tea or plain water. The mixture is then made sweet with honey in a ratio 1:1 or 2:1. It is prepared according to ones tolerance.
2. Keeps Digestive System Healthy
Apple cider vinegar is best to relieve digestive related issues. In order to reduce the gas drink a mixture of a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar added to a cup of water or any herbal tea. It will definitely relieve the problem of constipation .Vinegar fuels digestive juices to help our body breakdown the food. It is also advised as one feels heartburn. Heartburn usually happens due to low stomach acid levels. In that case vinegar increases the level. Iin order to make it more palatable you made add honey.
3. Weight Loss Remedy
It is advised to add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your food and take it for at least three months. It leads weight loss. It also helps to reduce abdominal fat (belly fat), decrease circumference of waist and reduce blood triglycerides.
Apple cider vinegar acts as an appetite suppressant, keeps blood sugar levels in balance to help curb appetite, prevents accumulation of fat, impacts secretion of insulin thus reducing fat storage and detoxifies the body for improving digestion.
4. Relieves Headaches
Apple cider vinegar does not show the same effect on headache like other over-the-counter painkiller drugs. Headaches might occur due to allergies and digestive related problems. Apple cider vinegar consists of a very strong flavor. Add 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to 12 ounces of water. On drinking this mixture it provides relief from headache.
5. Cures Nasal Congestion
Apple cider vinegar is considered to be the most effective herbal remedy for clearing a stuffy nose quickly.
It has natural decongestant properties.It is very helpful in curing congested mucus and helps to cureblocked, stuffy nose. It has potassium which in very effective to dry up a runny nose. It improves immunity.
Add 2 tablespoons of unfiltered apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon of raw honey to a cup of warm water. Take it twice or thrice for few days.
Another way is to add equal quantity of water with unfiltered apple cider vinegar into a pan. Boil the mixture and then inhale the steamdeeply. while inhaling keep your eyes closed else it might sting your eyes. Repeat it twice or thrice.
6. Effective Facial Toner
Apple cider vinegar is rich in natural alpha hydroxy acids. it helps to lighten sun spots and age spots. It helps to dissolve dead skin cells. Also effective in balancing our skin’s pH .It has an amazing effect to removeacne and its scars. Apple cider vinegar helps to minimize pores.
7. Enhances Circulation
On application of apple cider vinegar topically to varicose veins works wonders to help reduce symptoms. On combining with witch hazel and then scrubbing in circular motions surely improves blood circulation and heals symptoms.