You may have seen this pale amber-colored liquid in your cupboard at home, or on shelves at the supermarket. Hippocrates, the Father of Modern Medicine, used to prescribe apple cider vinegar mixed with honey for treating cough, colds, and wounds in ancient Greece. In recent years, it has started to appear in health food stores and bazaars. Today, bottles and jars of apple cider can be found even in local stores!
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is made by crushing apples and squeezing out the liquid. Bacteria and yeast are added to the liquid to start the alcoholic fermentation process, and the sugars are turned into alcohol. In a second fermentation process, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria. Aside from being a staple ingredient for cooking with its distinct tangy taste, apple cider is famous for its many health benefits. Let’s take a closer look at some of them:
1. It helps you lose weight.
How? Apple cider’s acetic acid suppresses your appetite, increases metabolism, and reduces water retention. Basically, it can help you lose weight by making you feel full. This will lead you to consume less calories every day and gradually shed some pounds.
2. It’s good for your skin.
Apple cider vinegar can act as a natural toner as it has antibacterial properties that help keep acne under control. The malic and lactic acids found in cider vinegar also softens and exfoliates skin and reduces red spots. Dabbing an apple cider vinegar compress on a bruise can also help fade the discoloration.
3. It helps whiten teeth.
Apple cider helps remove stains on your teeth. By brushing with just a small amount, you’ll end up with brighter, whiter teeth in no time. It can also cure bad breath! Gargling or drinking a teaspoon of apple cider kills odor-causing bacteria.
4. It helps with throat and hiccup troubles.
It seems like there’s nothing apple cider can’t do! For hiccups, try taking a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar—its sour taste could stop a hiccup in its tracks. When it comes to sore throats, try mixing one or two tablespoons into water and drink it. Turns out, most germs can't survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates.
5. It relieves cold symptoms.
If you’re feeling under the weather, apple cider vinegar contains beneficial bacteria that can help give your immune system a quick boost. A few tablespoons of apple cider can be a natural remedy for colds. The acetic acid in it prevents germ growth, which could contribute to nasal congestion.
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