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    Apple Cider Vinegar - Malus Pumila Mill

    Apple Cider Vinegar

    The use of apple cider vinegar, which is made by blending the fermented juice of fresh apples with acetic acid, has changed considerably since it was first used to preserve food, treat toothaches, and heal wounds.

    It is a household name nowadays and is frequently and appropriately shortened as ACV. It is added to everyday foods, exercise drinks, fad diets, skincare packs, and hair masks. Apple cider vinegar is most frequently used in cooking and as a salad dressing. However, it is used as a cure by people all around the world. For instance, altering how our systems assimilate food from the gut, might help lower blood sugar levels. Additionally, it might also stop some meals from breaking down.

    Synonyms of Apple Cider Vinegar

    • Malus pumila Mill
    • Seb Ka Sirka

    Nutritional Facts of Apple Cider Vinegar

    Each teaspoon of cider vinegar contains:

     

    Calories:7
    Carbs:2 grams
    Fat:0 grams 

    Phytochemical Constituents of Apple Cider Vinegar

    • Acetic acid
    • Citric acid
    • Formic acid
    • Lactic acid
    • Malic acid and Succinic acids

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    Therapeutic Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar

    • Manages diabetes

    Apple cider vinegar’s capacity to reduce blood glucose levels makes it useful for other purposes as well. This is so that the flexible component can enhance insulin sensitivity and the body’s post-meal blood sugar response.

     

    • Enhances Gut Health & Digestion

    The ability of ACV to detox has a significant impact on how well it supports gut health and treats digestive problems. ACV helps maintain a healthy gut flora by getting rid of bad bacteria.

    In addition to helping with digestive problems, vinegar is helpful for several intestinal illnesses. In addition to reducing bloating and constipation, an ACV diet is also a potent remedy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

     

    • Benefits Decrease Inflammation

    When we consider its effects on inflammatory illnesses like arthritis and joint pain, the health benefits of apple cider vinegar for inflammation become apparent. ACV is frequently a component of anti-inflammatory diets due to its abundant antioxidant and flavonoid content. This lessens inflammation, supports a balanced gut microbiome, and may benefit autoimmune diseases.

     

    • Glowing skin

    A benefit of keeping apple cider vinegar in your kitchen is that it may also be used as a skin lotion. To get a healthy glow, simply dab some on your face with a cotton ball. Acetic acid and natural alpha-hydroxy acids promote blood flow, seal pores, and fight acne. The versatile component also lessens the impact of acne, dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema.

     

    • Yeast Infections

    ACV’s impact on yeast, especially Candida, has been thoroughly studied in several research trials with encouraging outcomes. Due to its antifungal properties, consuming ACV through diet enables you to prevent and get rid of the formation of Candida Albicans and other bacteria. ACV can also be applied topically in the form of a bath to treat fungal infections such as vaginal candidiasis.

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    Home Remedies Apple Cider Vinegar

    • Relieves a sore throat

    It can be used to ease throat discomfort. Apple cider vinegar’s acidic qualities aid in the elimination of throat-borne pathogens. Therefore, to relieve a sore throat, gargle with a solution of warm water and apple cider vinegar (1/4 cup) every hour.

     

    • Heals Sunburns

    A benefit of keeping apple cider vinegar in your kitchen is that it may also be used as a skin lotion. To get a healthy glow, simply dab some on your face with a cotton ball. Acetic acid and natural alpha-hydroxy acids promote blood flow, seal pores, and fight acne. The versatile component also lessens the impact of acne, dry skin, psoriasis, and eczema

     

    • Food Poisoning

    Food that has been fouled by contagious germs or viruses causes food poisoning. Due to its antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial capabilities, apple cider vinegar aids in the prevention of food poisoning.

    To lessen the symptoms of food poisoning, such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, you can take 1 teaspoon of ACV twice a day.

     

    • Cure for allergies

    Apple cider vinegar boosts the immune system, thins mucus, and clears sinuses. For allergies, mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar with a glass of water.

    Ayurvedic Aspects of Apple Cider Vinegar

    Apple flavor is astringent (cold), sweet (cool), and sour (hot), has cooling energy, and leaves a sweet aftertaste (cooling). The coolness and lightness of apples can increase Vata in terms of the doshas, but they also lower Pitta and calm Kapha. Foods can have different effects depending on how they are prepared, and fermenting apples into apple cider vinegar produces a sour (hot) taste, hot energy, and hot aftertaste. This flips the energetic effect on the doshas since the sourness calms Vata and Kapha while the heat aggravates Pitta.

     

    Daily dose: Common dosages range from 1–2 teaspoons (5–10 mL) to 1–2 tablespoons (15–30 mL) per day mixed in a large glass of water. 

    Side Effects of Apple cider vinegar

    • Acidity

    Overconsumption of ACV can offset its digestive benefits and cause acidity, bloating, and heartburn.

     

    • May cause tooth decay

    Consuming apple cider vinegar is associated with dental erosion and tooth damage, which is not surprising. Additionally, you might notice that your teeth have a yellowish tint. Additionally, it might cause tooth enamel damage, particularly if you consistently consume undiluted vinegar.

     

    • Low blood sugar level

    You should forgo ingesting apple cider vinegar if you have uncontrolled blood sugar levels. Its anti-glycemic impact has the potential to disrupt the balance of glucose levels.

    References

    1. Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health: “Vinegar.”
    2. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/5556605_Phytochemicals_of_foods_beverages_and_fruit_vinegars_Chemistry_and_health_effects

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist

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