Among many different substances that have been of profound use to man, Vinegar is probably the finest. Not only is it of great help in the kitchen, but it also has many unique properties that make it of great use to promote health and well-being. It has been called the ‘Sour Wine’ due to its unpleasant taste. Years ago, Vinegar was used for industrial and medical purposes. But of late, it has become a standard kitchen cabinet essential. Today, Vinegar is available in a variety of flavours to suit different needs.
Preparation and Appearance:
Apple Cider Vinegar is a quite popular one among others. Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar has impressive biological benefits due to the high percentage of Acetic acid content. The preparation of Apple Cider Vinegar consists of two steps. First, Apples or Apple Cider are crushed and kept in the presence of Yeast. The Yeast begins to ferment the sugar present in them and these sugars are converted into alcohol. Secondly, bacteria is introduced to this alcoholic solution. Bacteria furthers the fermentation process and the alcohol finally turns into Acetic acid. Acetic acid is the principal compound in Vinegar. Pure, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar consists of what is known as ‘Mother’. Mother is essentially a mixture of protein strands, enzymes as well as friendly bacteria. Due to the ‘Mother’, this unfiltered ACV possesses a fuzzy look almost like a cobweb.
Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar has a very strong effect on constant hiccups. The sour taste is what attacks the hiccup and prevents it from recurring. The nerves responsible for the spasms associated with hiccups are overstimulated by the extreme taste of the Vinegar and thus cease to cause further hiccups. One teaspoonful should do the trick.
Apple Cider Vinegar is a very useful substance if you are looking to detoxify your home. Due to the fact that it is manufactured by fermenting apple juice twice, the Vinegar is said to reduce the effect of other chemicals when used to cleanse thus limiting the consumption of toxic chemicals in our daily lives.
Good additive to Food:
Apple Cider Vinegar can be recognized by its pale or medium pale amber colour. ACV has innumerable uses in food. It is used in salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes, preservatives, chutneys etc. Acetic acid and Malic acid are the two acids responsible for the sour taste of Vinegar. There are several studies that do indicate ACV can help absorb nutrients from food better by adding it to raw food like salads.
Vinegar has been used in weight loss programs since it possesses a mechanism that is said to make one satiated and unlikely to be hungry for a certain period of time. When Vinegar is taken with bread, Glucose and Insulin levels take a hit and the feeling of satiety considerably increases. This feeling is produced due to Acetic acid. Let’s do an experiment. Eat a high-carb meal like a Bagel or juice. After that, have a small amount of Vinegar. Notice changes in your appetite for the rest of the day. Compare the previous day and find out if your appetite has reduced significantly. It is highly probable that you would eat much less than the previous day. The total reduction in food consumption between the two days has been calculated to be about 200 to 275 calories. If this loss is prolonged for a month, it can lead to a weight loss of up to 1.5 pounds.
Production of Insulin is a very important bodily function. But when a person is afflicted with Type 2 Diabetes, this function is disrupted. Insulin is a hormone that is responsible for fat storage and blood sugar levels. Apple Cider Vinegar blocks a part of the starch available for digestion thus preventing excess weight gain and increased blood sugar levels. Chromium is present in ACV and it is capable of changing the level of insulin in blood. This makes ACV useful for diabetes patients. It can also reduce blood sugar surges post meals thus limiting unwanted cravings and may act as a shield against Type 2 diabetes. There have been cases where consumption of ACV after meals has reduced glucose levels in patients by half. Apple Cider Vinegar builds an anti-glycaemic effect by breaking down blood sugar and preventing it from increasing. This makes ACV a useful agent in increasing sensitivity to insulin. Apple Cider Vinegar may have properties similar to Diabetic drugs. However, it is recommended not to perform any self-prescription and the opinion of a doctor is mandatory. Consult your primary health care physician. Most probably he/she may recommend you to dilute one teaspoon of ACV in water and have it thrice a day. There have been a lot many studies conducted on animals that indicate reduced levels of triglycerides in bloodstream, cholesterol and blood pressure however, human studies are limited.
ACV takes a top spot on the list of effective home remedies. Various sources go on to suggest that they are capable of curing diseases but one cannot be sure and it is better that we do not follow anything blindly. However, it cannot be denied that ACV is a potent and useful medicinal substance.
Dandruff is the most annoying problem for most people. No amount of expensive salon treatments can fully remove dandruff. Apple Cider Vinegar can be used to treat dandruff by reducing its occurrence to a great extent. Take 1/4th cup of ACV and water each and mix them together to create a homemade hairspray. Use a sprayer bottle, spread it onto your hair after shampooing and allow it to work for about 15 minutes. If this method is used for 2 weeks, you will see much less flakes. Fungus that cause dandruff are not allowed to grow due to the acidity of Vinegar.
A very popular home remedy for luscious hair is to mix one part of ACV with one part of water and use it as a conditioner for gorgeous hair with a glossy effect. This method has not been proven scientifically, however it is a quite popular one among most beauty blogs. This method is said to make hair shine and get rid of dandruff.
Cardiovascular diseases like Heart Attacks and Strokes kill more people than anything else in the world and it has been deemed as the biggest cause of death. Heart Diseases are caused due to certain biological conditions known as ‘Risk Factors’. ACV reduces these risk factors thus eliminating the occurrence of Heart Diseases. An antioxidant known as ‘Chlorogenic acid’ that prevents the oxidization of LDL Cholesterol is present in Apple Cider Vinegar. Protection of LDL from oxidizing is a vital step in the prevention of heart disease.
The antibacterial constituents of Apple Cider Vinegar have shown to have a destructive effect on microorganisms that cause bad breath.
One of the main goals of our body is to maintain equilibrium constantly. It strives to achieve this goal every second of the day. A lower pH level leads to energy lack in the body and can cause various types of infections. Apple Cider Vinegar has shown to provide some assistance to the body for regulating good alkaline pH levels, thus balancing the entire body system.
Apple Cider Vinegar as a face wash:
Apple Cider Vinegar acts as a very natural and organic face wash that will leave your face feeling fresh and supple. It has anti-ageing effects on skin and will visibly diminish age spots, wrinkles and blemishes from skin.
You would have heard about Jellyfish stings which are extremely painful and. Apple Cider Vinegar can be used as an immediate soothing and healing agent for Jellyfish stings since it neutralizes the sting thus alleviating pain.
Choosing the right kind of Vinegar is essential to ensure that you do not intake those kinds that have harmful effects on your body. Distilled White Vinegar is better suited for laundry and cleaning purposes and is not fit for consumption. Choose only Organic, Unprocessed Vinegar that has a cobweb like appearance for mixing with food and water. For use as medication, Vinegar must be restricted only for a small period of time since long-term use can significantly bring down Potassium in your body and affect bone health. Apple Cider Vinegar can also react with your medication and so it is very important to take an opinion of your physician before using it as a medicine so that it does not have any adverse reactions with other drugs. Acidic substances must always be had with caution. Never take Apple Cider Vinegar on an empty stomach because it will make you feel nauseous and cause stomach problems due to high acidity and anything you eat after might be expelled by the stomach right where it came from. It must be noted that ACV is after all an acid and may cause oesophageal or other internal burns if consumed in excess. Always maintain caution around acidic substances. It is important to know how much of Apple Cider Vinegar is fit for drinking. There are ACV tablets available in the market but as mentioned before, self-prescription is not at all recommended and one cannot be sure how effective they may be or if such tablets may cause any side effects.
Apple Cider Vinegar Shots:
One tiny shot of ACV per day is said to suppress greatly and let you eat much less food the whole day. This is a great benefit to your weight loss goals.
Sore throats can be really annoying if they occur frequently and take a long time to subside. Instead of taking harmful cough syrups, use Apple Cider Vinegar for a more natural cure. Take a glass of warm water and add one teaspoon of ACV, one teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper and three teaspoons of Clover Honey in it. The Vinegar and Honey have an antibacterial action on the sore throat and the capsaicin present in the pepper reduce pain. Apple Cider Vinegar can also break mucus and unblock sinus congestions.
Vinegar has been used for cleaning since thousands of years which is evident in the fact that Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine made use of Vinegar for disinfecting wounds over two thousand years ago. It has potent antimicrobial properties and can kill different types of Pathogens including Bacteria. Additionally, it can be used to clear Fungus wedged in Nails, Hair Lice, Warts and even Ear infections.
Vinegar makes an excellent food preservative by disallowing growth of bacteria thus preventing food spoilage. There have been a few reports of how Vinegar can help reduce acne when applied externally but there is still no scientific confirmation available. Dilute Vinegar is the best cleanser of fruits and vegetables. Salmonella, a pathogen commonly present in fresh produce can be destroyed by spraying diluted vinegar over them. But remember to rinse off the vinegar before eating the fruits and vegetables.
Lactic acid builds up in the body during exercise or periods of extreme stress. Lactic acid causes fatigue and a general lack of energy. To bring back a surge in energy levels add a tablespoon of ACV into a glass of chilled Juice or water. Amino acids, Potassium and Enzymes present in the Vinegar boosts energy and may remove the feeling of tiredness.
Apple Cider Vinegar or any kind of Vinegar for that matter is rich in polyphenols which makes them antioxidant substances. Research do suggests that including antioxidant food in your diet may reduce risk of Cancer.
With all the helpful properties present in Apple Cider Vinegar it should definitely be present in your kitchen cabinet. But nowadays, due to the internet, people read many different things and tend to become their own doctors by creating home remedies. No internet blog can replace a well-qualified doctor in your life. When making use of acidic substances like Vinegar for internal consumption it is advisable to consult a doctor. Sometimes, over-use of a substance can lead to other problems without curing the one at hand. Anecdotal cures do come with certain benefits but one cannot be very sure unless they are backed with scientific evidence. Remember to be safe and be healthy and make only the best use of Apple Cider Vinegar!