Apple cider vinegar has been used since the time immemorial as one of the best alternative medicines for different ailments. In fact, during the time of Hippocrates, he was using this vinegar as antibiotic. The fermentation of apple cider is the process of breaking down the sugar component of apple cider. The responsible in breaking down are the yeasts and turned it into vinegar. However, unlike the usual color of white vinegar, as you can see in the market, it is yellow-brown and sometimes the manufacturers left the sediments called the mother of vinegar. It consists of acetic acid bacteria which are considered the most beneficial content of the apple cider vinegar.
In 1958, Dr. Jarvis wrote a book titled Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor’s Guide to Good Health. One of the most popular contents of the book is talking about how apple cider vinegar can be best alternative in several symptoms of medical condition. The healing power of the vinegar can be enhanced with the mixture of honegar (blend of cider vinegar made from cooking apples and unpasteurised honey). He mentioned in his book that this powerful vinegar can actually destroy bacteria in our digestive tract so it is best recommended to serve as digestive tonic as best consumed together with meals. To name a few of the health benefits that this apple cider vinegar can give, you may want to take note of the following:
- Apple cider vinegar can control diabetes. There are two researches that were published in the American Diabetes Foundation’s journal regarding the result of taking apple cider vinegar to 29 patients diagnosed of type 2 diabetes. There is a significant effect and improvement on the blood glucose readings included on the control group. Although further studies in large group of participants are recommended, people are still giving high regards to the effect of apple cider vinegar to their blood sugar.
- Apple cider vinegar can lower cholesterol. The assertion is based on the assumption that we crave acids, especially when eating proteins, so that we can reduce the thickening influence of fats. Well, the effect supposedly of apple cider vinegar is to thin the blood in order to circulate freely. When our blood thickens, it put strain on the heart that causes the shoot up of blood pressure. Another thing, apple cider vinegar can work in its way through our digestive system that binds the cholesterol, and the vinegar can remove the cholesterol build-up in the body system.
- Apple cider vinegar can control weight. Proponents of this vinegar attested that apple cider can truly help in losing weight by taking two tablespoons of it before meals and the effect can suppress you from eating too much food. There are no reports of side effects in losing weight compared to other alternatives in diet suppressant. Although there are little scientific researches made to back up these claims, there are still health buffs who considered having apple cider vinegar as part of their diet routine.
- Apple cider vinegar can restore the alkaline acid balance. Again, Dr. Jarvis claimed that by drinking apple cider vinegar, we can fight the onset of illnesses as the main cause of pH imbalance because it can rapidly return our normal acid pH level. Same thing goes for people who are experiencing the discomfort of acid reflux. Apple cider vinegar becomes popular home alternative for acid reflux as caused by poor diet and insufficient stomach acid. Once more, it is only based on the theories and further studies are still recommended.
- Apple cider vinegar can treat dandruff. As dandruff can be very embarrassing, one of the home remedies used to treat it can be apple cider vinegar. The methods are very simple by just pouring small amount of apple cider vinegar into the water. Then you can pour the mixture into your hair. The efficiency of this vinegar has something to do with its remarkable effect in restoring the pH balance of the body and as the best alternative to fight viruses and bacteria. Apple cider vinegar can also stimulate the blood circulation in our small capillaries under the skin.
CAUTION: The liquid, pill, or undiluted form of apple cider vinegar can damage the other parts of digestive tract and esophagus. It may also cause damage to tooth enamel if you drink or sip large amount of the solution. People with osteoporosis, and low potassium levels or those who are taking medications for potassium-lowering may also seek medical advice before considering this apple cider vinegar to be combined with your diet. Do not directly apply the vinegar to your skin to prevent burns or scarring. Lastly, people who have allergic reactions to apples must avoid taking apple cider vinegar.