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Apple Cider Vinegar for Health and Weight Loss

Updated on January 5, 2015

Have you dreamed of finding that one product that could help you lose weight, make your skin glow and hair shine? How about a product that can do all that and you can add it to salads, veggies, or just about any food recipe. It can be used externally to treat rashes and warts. It can be used to clean your house. It can do all these things and more and it has been around for centuries. What is this mysterious product? You already know the answer, it's Apple Cider Vinegar.

How is apple cider vinegar made?

To make apple cider vinegar, real organic apples are crushed and the liquid is squeezed out. The apple juice is full of sugars which are allowed to ferment with added bacteria and yeast. This conglomeration turns into alcohol. Once the first fermentation is complete, it is all fermented again, this time adding acetic acid-forming bacteria and it is all turned into vinegar. If the apple cider vinegar is not pasteurized or filtered, the 'mother' still remains.

What is the 'mother' in apple cider vinegar?

After the fermentation process is complete, the apple cider vinegar can be filtered and pasteurized, leaving it clear and clean looking, you've probably seen this on the shelves at the grocery store. This type of apple cider vinegar does not have the 'mother' in it. If the 'mother' is left in, meaning the apple cider vinegar is not filtered, heated or pasteurized, it will have a brown, murky looking quality to it. This brown, murky substance is the 'mother'. The 'mother' is the left over remnants of the bacteria and yeast used in the final fermentation process. The official name for the 'mother' is Mycoderma aceti, from the Latin (which comes from the Greek words for fungus and skin). Sounds appetizing right? The 'mother' is harmless and has actually been shown to be beneficial in many ways.

How is apple cider vinegar with the 'mother' beneficial?

The 'mother' in apple cider vinegar is full of enzymes, trace minerals and pectin, all of which are beneficial for your body. Note: Since the 'mother' will settle to the bottom of the jar, you should give it a good shake before use to mix up the sediment and ensure equal distribution of these elements. In addition to all the other good stuff found in the 'mother', malic acid is formed during the creation of the apple cider vinegar. This means it has antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.

Apple cider vinegar has so many benefits it would be impossible to list them all here, however, here are some:

  • ACV is rich in enzymes & potassium
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Helps control weight
  • Promotes digestion & ph balance
  • Helps soothe dry throats
  • Helps remove body sludge toxins
  • Helps maintain healthy skin
  • Helps promote youthful, healthy bodies
  • Soothes irritated skin
  • Relieves muscle pain from exercise

A word of caution needs to be said though. Apple cider vinegar contains chromium which can alter insulin levels and it is therefore recommended that people who have diabetes should talk to their doctors before using apple cider vinegar. Carol Johnston, PhD, directs Arizona State University’s nutrition program. She has been studying apple cider vinegar for more than 10 years and believes its effects on blood sugar are similar to certain medications. “Apple cider vinegar’s anti-glycemic effect is very well documented,” Johnston says. She explains that the vinegar blocks some of the digestion of starch. “It doesn’t block the starch 100%, but it definitely prevents at least some of that starch from being digested and raising your blood sugar,” Johnston says.

How to use apple cider vinegar daily

Most people use it as a daily supplement and will take 1 to 2 tablespoons in a big glass of water, and sip it along with your meals one or two times a day. There are some who make a point of taking this same does, in a smaller amount of water, in the morning just after waking up and again before lunch and before dinner. In addition, you can use apple cider vinegar as a salad dressing, the mix with salad dressing ingredients, as a vinaigrette and as a food preservative. It can be diluted with water and sprayed on the skin to help treat rashes like eczema and psoriasis. You can rinse your hair with it in the shower and your hair will be silky and smooth afterwards. There really are a million uses for apple cider vinegar!

Another thing to note, apple cider vinegar is gluten-free and will last a long time. If you have a bottle that has been hanging out in your refrigerator, odds are its still good. Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar states their product has a shelf life of 5 years but they say due to it's nature, it can be used long after the expiration date.

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      allamazingstuff 3 years ago

      I used to use it as dressing for my salad.

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