Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Apple Cider Vinegar

Health Benefit of Apple Cider Vinegar

The fall season here in Ontario is known for two things one for all beautiful colours of nature that one can say. Apples are the second reason, drive through the inner route of Ontario and one may find farms full with Apples on the trees. In one such festival at Brighton of Apples I had a chance to see for the first time Apple Cider Vinegar. For the last one year I have been working with this simple kitchen ingredient. In this article I would try to bring more facts about Apple Cider Vinegar. Have a look:

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple Cider Vinegar is a fermented product of apple cider. The sugar in apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol and then into vinegar. Thus it contain acetic acid and in small amount of lactic and malic acid in it. It is normally pale to medium amber color liquid.

External Use of Apple Cider Vinegar

1] People suffering with Acne simply apply a solution of apple cider vinegar 2 tsp to one eight ounce glass of water with cotton ball several times a day. It is said to help reduce infection and inflammation on the skin.
2] For centuries apple cider vinegar has been used by mixing with water to reduce dry scalp and dandruff. Mix 1/4 cup of water with 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and then simple apply to the scalp before showers. It also helps to shine the hairs.
3] One can also use it to treat sun burns and insect bites if used properly.

Internal Use for Apple Cider Vinegar

As a Tonic:
Since time long herbalist and naturopaths have been prescribing apple cider vinegar as some sort of a nutritious drink. Mix 2 to 3 tsp of Apple cider vinegar in 8 ounces of water and drink before or during each meal was a common recommendation. It is said to be nutritious as it well help reduce the nutrient deficiency that result from western diet of processed and refined food. It is also said to kill germs in the system.

Drink that same combination before or with a meal apple cider vinegar is said to help weight loss. Not too rapidly but in slow systematic and gradual manner. It works as an appetite suppressant by increasing one’s metabolic rate and making one feel better. The nutrients, the enzymes and organic acids in this mixture is said to do that role.

Diabetes :
Several studies have shown that apple cider vinegar can help reduce blood glucose level. Thus can be a boon to all diabetic patients. It is also clear in one or two studies that it lowers the post meal rise of glucose by the action of acetic acid that slows the starch digestion thus reducing glycemic index of starchy food.

Other than this main apple cider vinegar is also known to lower blood cholesterol, help those who suffer with hypertension, acid reflux, gout and warts.

Side Effect

Any substance that has effects on our body would also have side effects. Apple cider vinegar also can be dangerous and troublesome for few.
  • Those allergies to apples should avoid consuming this vinegar.
  • The acidity in this liquid can be harsh and even burn throat.
  • One can even see irritability, nervousness palpitations as side effects due to longer use of apple cider vinegar.
  • Prolonged use of apple cider vinegar can reduce the effect s of certain drugs. Let your physician be made aware of such intake.

Posted by Sudeep
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