Apple cider vinegar popularly known as ACV or cider vinegar is a special type of vinegar manufactured from apple must or cider. ACV features a medium amber to pale color. Organic or unpasteurized ACV has a ‘cobweb’ appearance which makes the vinegar appear slightly congealed.
Apple cider vinegar can easily qualify as one of the most versatile natural ingredients. For instance, you can use ACV to clean, disinfect, beautify and even treat a number of health problems/ailments. Research studies attest to the numerous health, disinfectant, cleansing and beautifying benefits of apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is made in two steps. First, the apples are fermented with yeast. This process turns the natural sugars into alcohol. Then, the alcohol is fermented again, this time with bacteria. This process turns the apple alcohol into acetic acid.
Acetic acid is what gives vinegar its sour taste and pungent smell. ACV is made up of mostly acetic acid, and is where most of the health benefits come from. Small amounts of other acids found in vinegar are: malic acid and lactic acid.
Here is a list of benefits that you will have if you drink apple cider vinegar on daily basis:
Heartburn, Intestinal Problems and Constipation
Regular consuming of apple cider vinegar in water is believed to help correct low stomach acid conditions that leads to heartburn. Importantly, straight ACV is very strong and likely to be too powerful for heartburn sufferers, and especially those with ulcers, so make sure you dilute it well. Apple cider vinegar can also be useful as a mild laxative to stimulate peristalsis in cases of occasional constipation. It should not have this effect if your bowel movements are already regular.
For daily weight management, try a recipe of 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water. This concoction can be sipped throughout the day. Data shows some limited, yet significant, weight loss from sustained daily intake of acetic acid.
Lower Blood Pressure
There is also scientific evidence that ACV may help lower blood pressure, which in turn, lessens the risk of heart disease. ACV contains potassium, which is known to help balance the body’s sodium levels and maintain optimal blood pressure. It also contains magnesium, which helps to relax blood vessels walls, and ultimately lower blood pressure.
Sore Throat Remedy
As soon as you feel the prickle of a sore throat, employ germ-busting apple cider vinegar to help head off the infection at the pass. Turns out, most germs can’t survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Just mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.
It Balances Blood Sugar Levels
If you have issues with blood sugar regulation, or even if you’re diabetic, it may be time to look into apple cider vinegar. Even the American Diabetes Association has studied the beneficial effects of ACV.
Apple cider vinegar is high in minerals, vitamins and enzymes, which makes it a great detoxifying tool. Its acids also bind to the toxins within your body and break down mucus, helping to eliminate them from the body more effectively. It also helps cleanse your lymph nodes, which in turn boosts your immune system and its ability to respond to an attack.