Apple Cider Vinegar - Health Benefits
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is prepared by fermenting Cider, an alcoholic beverage made from fermenting the juice of apples or freshly pressed apple along with its skin, seeds and stem, otherwise called as 'Apple must.' It contains about 5-20% of Acetic acid. Apple Cider Vinegar is usually used for Salad dressing and as a food preservative. Interestingly, it is also used as a home remedy to treat many health conditions.
Apple Cider Vinegar is said to be useful in relieving excess fat from the body therefore helpful in managing cholesterol levels. It also helps in breaking down fats and helps in digestion.
ACV is considered to be an antiseptic possessing antibacterial and antifungal properties. Topical application of ACV by way of diluting it in water and using it for bathing helps in reducing itching due to dry skin. It is also useful in treating Psoriasis and dryness of the skin scalp. Inhaling vapors of Apple Cider Vinegar (say about 2-3 drops) mixed in a cup of hot water helps in relieving nasal congestion associated with Sinusitis. In treating dysentery, a glass of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of ACV could assist in soothing the gut and destroying gut bacterias causing the condition.
Apple Cider Vinegar also works as an antimicrobial inhibiting the growth of foodborne pathogens. Acetic acid present in ACV is capable of eliminating Mycobacteria. Some research studies mention that domestic vinegar about 25g, taken along with food, is useful in managing diabetes as it reduces the glycemic index of carbohydrates in food. ACV also helps ease swelling in the feet. A towel wriggled after soaking in a solution of hot water and ACV taken in equal measure can be wrapped around the feet to relieve retention of water.