A popular home remedy, Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is widely used in innumerable households. It is made by fermenting sugar from apples and has an acidity content of 5%. Acetic acid, the main ingredient in vinegar, is responsible for many health benefits. Diluted ACV is said to have 0 calories per tablespoon as well as 0 fat, carbohydrates, fibre or protein.
‘Mother’ is a substance found in organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar that consists of strands of proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria, that give the product its murky look. Although there are presently no studies to prove this, some individuals feel that the ‘mother’ is responsible for majority of the health advantages.
One of the advantages of ACV is its longevity. It does not need to be refrigerated and can last a long time, as vinegar, in general, has an almost indefinite shelf life.
It has various healthful properties like:
Helping with acne and other skin issues: Apple cider vinegar may help in drying out pimples when a diluted solution of it is applied to the face. It is often used as a toner and in cosmetic and skincare products. Although evidence supporting the use of ACV in treating chronic acne is lacking, there are studies that show that it might help diminish the appearance of varicose veins.
Relief to sore throat: Known to be a ‘throat elixir’, gargling with apple cider vinegar is said to alleviate throat pain or pharyngitis. When mixed with honey and a pinch of cayenne peppers, it can make a strong potion to fight sore throat. ACV must be diluted before consuming, or else it can corrode esophageal issues and difficulty in swallowing.
Reduce Dandruff: Spritzing apple cider and water solution onto the scalp combats persistent flakes, irritation and itchiness. This is because vinegar’s acetic acid may alter the scalp’s pH levels making it harder for yeast (a contributor of dandruff) to grow. As stated earlier, the solution should always be diluted to prevent it from stinging the eyes. (1)
A cure-all for digestive problems
Apple Cider Vinegar has become a popular home treatment for digestive problems. Even though direct scientific evidence does not back this claim, many people have claimed that it helps ease symptoms of gas and bloating. As ACV is inherently acidic, it eases the process of digestion in those who have low stomach acidity. Anti-microbial properties in ACV, helps kill bacteria present in the stomach and intestines. Excess bacteria that lives in the upper intestines, release gases that lead to bloating and thus ACV may help combat these symptoms. Adding a tablespoon of ACV to warm water prior to consuming it is said to reduce bloating. For those who dislike the taste of ACV it is also readily available in capsule form. (2)
Dosage and usage
An easy way to include ACV in your diet is by incorporating it in cooking. It can be used as a salad dressing or even in the preparation of homemade mayonnaise. It can also be diluted in water and enjoyed as a beverage. Common dosage usually ranges from 1-2 teaspoons or 5-10 ml when mixed with water. It is advisable to start including ACV in your diet in small doses and avoid ingesting large amounts to see how your body reacts to it. Excess consumption of vinegar may lead to harmful side effects like tooth enamel erosions and potential drug interactions. ACV should never be consumed without diluting it and should be avoided if one has gastroparesis. (3)
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