Natural Apple Cider Vinegar Remedies And Does Apple Cider Vinegar Cure?
Apple Cider Vinegar
About Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, also called cider vinegar or ACV, is a type of vinegar made by fermenting apple cider. It is a dark brown colored, highly acidic liquid, with a PH between 4.25 and 5. Acetic acid is a major component in it, along with some lactic acid, malic acid and citric acid.
It is mostly sold unfiltered and unprocessed and as such contains mother of vinegar which gives it a cloudy appearance, which is especially visible at the bottom of the bottle, as the mother of vinegar tends to settle down.
It has a sour taste due to the acetic, citric and malic acid content. Apple cider vinegar traditionally has been used as a folk medicine and is even today primarily used for health purposes.
Apple cider vinegar is also available in the form of tablets.
Apple cider vinegar is also used in cooking, as a salad dressing, in chutneys, as a marinade, in food preservatives etc.
Does Apple Cider Vinegar Cure? The Debate
From the Babylonians in 5000 BC, to the ancient Egyptians in 3000 BC, to the Samurai warriors of Japan in 1200 BC, to the present day man, apple cider vinegar, has proved its effectiveness to relieve the human body of innumerable ailments as its supporters claim.
Apple cider vinegar has been touted as a cure all remedy from, skin conditions to respiratory problems, acid reflux to diabetes, high blood pressure to arthritis, gout to urinary tract infections, fungus to parasitic infections, high cholesterol to cancer and more, and most of what is in between.
It is claimed that these healing benefits of apple cider vinegar are due to the wealth of nutrients that it gets from its source, the apples. Supporters of ACV believe the nutrients remain intact even after the apple cider is fermented.
It is believed that ACV is a rich source of many vitamins like A, the Bcomplex group, beta carotene and minerals like potassium, calcium and magnesium, fiber and pectin, amino acids and enzymes.
However, standard nutritional analysis of apple cider vinegar reveals that it does not contain these nutrients and the few ones it contains are in levels that do not ratify these tall claims.
According to USDA, it does not contain Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B6, niacin, pantothenic acid, folate or even beta carotene and the many phytonutrients, amino acids or pectin, as the supporters claim.
For instance,1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar contains just 1 mg of calcium which is insignificant when you consider that the daily requirement of calcium for an adult is 1000 mgs.
Inspite of all these adverse reports which seem to refute the tall claims made, there are many who swear by its health benefits. Could it be then that there are unidentified factors in ACV that are responsible for its many health benefits? Only further research will answer this question.
For now, however, there are certain studies that show that in certain cases, apple cider vinegar has provided heath benefits. You can find the studies referenced later down in the hub.
If you wish to purchase apple cider vinegar make sure you buy the raw, organic, unrefined, unprocessed and unpasteurized, murky and brown ACV, rather than the clean and clear looking processed variety as it is known that any processing kills nutrients and this holds good for apple cider vinegar as well.
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Apple Cider Vinegar Remedies
Given below are cures that have been effected by the consumption of apple cider vinegar.
- Apple Cider Vinegar And Arthritis
Consume 2-3 tsp ACV mixed in 250 ml water before each meal.
Also, massage the joints with a mixture of 2 egg whites, 125 ml ACV and 60 ml olive oil.
- Apple Cider Vinegar And Hemorrhoids
For mild cases, apply apple cider vinegar directly on the hemorrhoids. It will relieve the stinging sensation and promote their shrinking after every few hours with a cotton ball till relief sets in.
- Apple cider Vinegar And Weight Loss
Mix 2 tsp ACV in 250 ml water and drink before each meal. Only avoid foods with excessive fat levels.
1-2 tsp of honey can be added to this for increased benefit.
There are several theories as to how ACV works in this respect like reducing appetite, raising metabolism rate, reducing water retention,
Dr Jarvis, author of the book 'Folk Medicine' says the weight loss is gradual but permanent and his observations over numerous experiments led him to conclude that, about 15 pounds of weight could be lost in a year, by a woman weighing just a shade over 200 pounds, by simply consuming 2 tsp of ACV in a glass of water at each meal with no change of diet except for avoiding excessively fatty foods.
- Apple Cider Vinegar For Skin
Various skin problems like acne, age spots, cellulite, fungal infections can benefit by consumption of ACV.
Mix 3 to 4 parts of water with 1 part of ACV. apply this solution with a cotton ball on the affected skin. Leave for about 10 minutes and then rinse off with water.
Repeat 3 times a day.
For severe cases, reduce water. Mix 1 part ACV in 2 to 3 parts of water.
For Age Spots
Apply a solution made with 2 tsp apple cider vinegar mixed with 1 tsp onion juice.
One can see the effects of this treatment after about 2 weeks. The age spots will start to lighten.
Mix 2 tsp ACV in 250 ml water. Stir in 1 tsp honey. Drink once in the morning.
For topical application
Mix 3 parts of ACV with 1 part of your preference of massage oil. Massage this solution on the required area twice a day.
It reduces cellulite.
- Apple Cider vinegar For Nail Fungus
Apply 2 drops of ACV or even white vinegar at the base of the infected nail twice a day - morning and night.
Continue with this twice daily application till the entire infected nail grows out. It is necessary not to miss even a single application to prevent the new nail that has grown that day from getting infected with the fungus and bring the treatment to nought.
This procedure may even take as long as 6 months or more. but it has to be ensured that not a single application should be missed.
- Apple Cider Vinegar For Blood Pressure
To lower blood pressure, take i tablespoon of ACV mixed with 1 tablespoon of honey mixed in 250 ml of water 2 times a day.
Reducing salt intake, fat consumption, coffee, alcohol and increasing fiber intake along with daily exercise maximizes the benefits of ACV consumption.
- Apple Cider Vinegar And Warts
Soak a cotton ball with ACV and aplly it to the wart every night. Hold the wart in place with band-aid. Leave it overnight. Repeat every night.
The wart may then swell, turn darker and then fall off and be gone in about 2 weeks.
Continue treatment for about a week after the wart falls off.
- Apple cider Vinegar For Gout
Mix 2 tsp ACV with 2 tsp honey if preferred, in 250 ml water. Drink 3 times a day with meals.
For external application
Wrap the affected area with a cloth that has been soaked in ACV. Leave for 15 minutes.
It reduces swelling and relieves pain.
- Apple Cider Vinegar For Allergies
Allergies like sneezing, watery eyes, dripping nose, sinus etc can be treated by mixing 1 tablespoon of ACV in 250 ml water and drinking it 1 tsp honey can be added for palatability.
Reduce ACV to 1 tsp if you find the mixture strong.
During hay fever/allergy season, mix 2 tsp ACV in 500 ml of water. This can be taken in sips slowly throughout the day, during the entire season.
Apple cider vinegar benefits by boosting the immunity and inhibiting the histamine response in the body.
- Apple Cider Vinegar And Cholesterol
ACV by virtue of its pectin, the soluble fiber content, binds to the cholesterol and fat preventing their absorption. This is then eliminated resulting in lowering of cholesterol. The amino acids in ACV neutralize the LDL cholesterol.
Take 1 tablespoon ACV mixed in 250 ml water everyday. Add 1 tsp honey if preferred.
- Apple Cider Vinegar For Acid Reflux
Consume 2 tsp ACV mixed in 250 ml water.
Do not consume ACV if you suffer from ulcers or oesophagitis.
The theory behind the reduction in acid reflux is that acetic acid being a weaker acid than hydrochloric acid reduces the stomach acidity and thus lowers issues with heartburn.
Another theory is that the lower esophageal sphincter being PH sensitive, opens up, whenever there is low acidity in the stomach and especially after consuming food, leading to acid reflux. Also, as we age stomach acid production is lowered.
When ACV is consumed, it provides the lower esophageal sphincter the acidity needed by it to perform its job correctly which is to remain closed and not allow the digestive acids and food to re-enter the esophagus and cause acid reflux.
- Apple Cider Vinegar And Diabetes
Consuming apple cider vinegar slows down the rise of blood sugar after eating a high carbohydrate meal in those with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.
ACV also lowers the early morning blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetics
Also, those who consumed ACV with meals had lowered blood sugar levels.
- Apple Cider Vinegar And Cancer
The numerous phytochemicals and beta carotene in ACV protect against cancer.The soluble fiber pectin binds some cancer causing agents in the colon and removes them.
Eat 1 apple a day and also consume 2 to 3 tsp of ACV mixed in 250 ml water for maximum benefit.
Apple Cider Vinegar Dose
Normally 1-2 teaspoon per day mixed in fruit juice or 250 ml water in the morning or before meals. At these low levels apple cider vinegar ,if at all, has low risk.
Possible Side Effects Of Apple Cider Vinegar
- Being highly acidic due to its acetic acid component, ACV can damage the mucous membranes of the mouth, throat, the teeth enamel and may cause bloating and acidity in those with digestive issues or GERD.
- Excessive consumption and/or prolonged use may lead to lowering of bone density and low potassium levels.
- ACV may react with some medications like the ones taken for diabetes, heart disease, diuretics and laxatives.
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"Examination of the Antiglycemic Properties of Vinegar in Healthy Adults." Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism, 2010;56(1):74-9. PMID: 20068289, by Johnston CS, Steplewska I, Long CA, Harris LN, Ryals RH
Fushimi T, Suruga K, Oshima Y, Fukiharu M, Tsukamoto Y, Goda T. 2006. Dietary acetic acid reduces serum cholesterol and triacylglycerols in rats fed a cholesterol-rich diet. British Journal of Nutrition (May)95(5):916-924
Kondo S, Tayama K, Tsukamoto Y, Ikeda K, Yamori Y. 2001. Antihypertensive effects of acetic acid and vinegar on spontaneously hypertensive rats. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry 65(12) 2690-2694.
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The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.
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How To Make Cider Vinegar
Would you like to make apple cider vinegar at home? Then read the vinegar making procedure.
However, if you would like to watch video of the apple cider vinegar making process, watch the ones posted below.
The video is in 2 parts.
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