Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a health tonic with multitude of benefits including weight loss, skin and hair care, indigestion, diabetes and cholesterol management. The only drawback of ACV is the sour taste and strong smell that it gets due to the presence of yeast and bacteria.
Advantages of Apple Cider Vinegar for different ailments
ACV controls appetite and boost fat metabolism that further increases weight loss. The acetic acid present in ACV activates the fat burning enzyme AMPK in the liver, slows down breaking down of starch to sugar and prevents accumulation of fat.
Diabetes Mellitus (Type 1&2)
Studies on ACV indicate that acetic acid slows down the process of breaking down of carbohydrates to sugar in the blood stream. It is for this reason that ACV is considered a great drink after having a carbohydrate rich meal. If taken at bedtime, ACV can reduce the fasting blood glucose level in the morning.
ACV contains an antioxidant called chlorogenic that can prevent cholesterol level from increasing. This antioxidant inhibits oxidation of LDL and increases HDL or the good cholesterol.
ACD when taken in right amount can help in controlling high blood pressure. In a study, it is found that ACV can reduce activity of renin, an enzyme responsible for increasing blood pressure.
The acidic acid in ACV inhibits the growth of acne-causing bacteria by maintaining normal pH of the skin. Also, it can be applied to the skin to prevent formation of acne.
The same acidic property that cures acne, helps control dandruff to a large extent by balancing the pH of hair. Massaging ACV on scalp can remove dandruff from hair and scalp in a short time.
Precautions with Apple Cider Vinegar
Undiluted ACV contains high acidic properties that can cause burning sensation throat and can damage tooth enamel. Taking ACV with acidic fruit juices could lead to hyperacidity due to the same reason. Also, ACV could result in indigestion and vomiting if taken immediately after tea or coffee.
How to take Apple Cider Vinegar?
ACV can be taken with lukewarm water. But it should be added only 1-2 tablespoon to the water and mixed well. Or you can take ACV capsules or tablets. Also, Apple Cider Vinegar can be taken as salad dressing. Adding 2 tablespoon of ACV to 2-3 cups of salad could increase flavour and nutrition of the salad.