Apple Cider Vinegar is Vinegar that is made from fermenting Apple cider. It is edible and is widely used for its distinct taste. Like any vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar is acidic, however, it is unusually acidic compared to other vinegars. Unlike other vinegars, Apple Cider Vinegar has a lot of health benefits and is not only used for adding flavor to the food. This is due to the process by which Apple Cider Vinegar is produced which includes fermentation by bacteria rather than distillation, which saps away all the nutrients from the raw material.
Apple Cider Vinegar has been proven to have plenty of health benefits, but it is also widely used as a beauty care product due to the benefits it has on the skin. Though Apple Cider Vinegar does not have many essential vitamins and minerals it does contain some very beneficial nutrients like potassium, pectin, calcium and vitamins like A, B1, B2, B6, C and E.
Apple Cider Vinegar has a bitter taste and is usually mixed with honey and water to make a drink. Here are the top benefits of consuming Apple Cider Vinegar drink:
Apple Cider Vinegar is highly concentrated with acetic acid. This edible organic acid suppresses your appetite, increases the metabolism and reduces water retention. It has been proven to aid in weight loss; however the exact mechanism of the process is not yet known. It has been theorized that Apple Cider Vinegar interferes with the digestion of starch, which reduces the calories entering the bloodstream. Apple cider also has ridiculously low calorie content and does not add to calorie intake of the body in any significant way.
Fatigue in the body is caused due to the accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles. Lactic acid is produced by the body whenever the muscles are under stress, the production of lactic acid increases as the muscles undergo more stress therefore intensive exercise wears down the body so fast. Apple Vinegar Cider contains amino acids which act as an antidote to the lactic acid and neutralizes it, thereby reducing fatigue and muscle stress. So if you are feeling tired or are beat down after exercise add a tbsp. or two of apple cider to your drink.
Bad dental hygiene is quite common and is caused due to accumulation of bacteria and minerals in the mouth. Bad breath is also caused due to bacteria which decompose the dead cells and leftover food particles in the mouth causing a pungent smell in the process. Due to the highly acidic content of Apple Cider Vinegar it is very effective against bacteria and can be used as a natural mouthwash, using apple cider vinegar will reduce the chances of tooth decay and the buildup of plaque. Apple Cider Vinegar can also be used to whiten teeth; it removes the stains on teeth and gives it a whiter appearance. It is however important that you do not overdo it as using a lot of apple cider vinegar makes the gums feel raw. To get the best benefit gargle with apple cider vinegar in the morning and at night, you can dilute the vinegar with water so as to make the mouthwash gentler to teeth and gums.
Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar drink has been proven to be helpful in controlling the blood sugar level and is widely prescribed by physicians for diabetes patients. It was found in a study that drinking two tbsp. of apple cider at night reduces the glucose level in blood by morning. It has also been found that drinking Apple Cider Vinegar is helpful in keeping the blood sugar level in check after a carbohydrate rich diet and is especially helpful for insulin resistant people.
Cures Leg Cramps:
Night time leg cramps are a sign that you might be deficient in potassium. Apple Cider Vinegar is abundant in potassium and is a very effective home remedy for relief from leg cramps during sleep. You just need to add about 2 tbsp. of the cider to a glass of warm milk mixed with sugar or honey and drink it, this will give you instant relief and drinking the mixture daily will relieve you of the pain if you do not have any other medical condition except for potassium deficiency.
Apple Cider Vinegar is also a very effective cleanser for the skin due to its high acidic content and abundance of minerals like potassium. Though Apple Vinegar Cider is not abundant in essential vitamins and minerals it is a highly effective cleanser that can easily replace chemical wash and soaps. However, care must be made that you dilute the drink with water as concentrated Apple Cider Vinegar might burn the skin. Here are some of the best uses of applying apple vinegar cider on skin:
Apple Cider Vinegar is one of the best remedies for acne or pimple problems. Apple Cider vinegar contains malic acid, this makes it highly effective against bacteria, fungus or other microscopic organisms that grow on the skin. Now, acne and pimples are primarily caused due to bacterial reaction on the skin cells which causes inflammation and irritation. Apple Cider Vinegar kills the bacteria and prevents new bacteria from forming on the skin; this not only removes acne but also prevents new acne from forming.