Apple cider vinegar – a nutricious treasure!

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The apple cider vinegar is a food that has been known for many centuries for its healing properties and health benefits. In antiquity, they used it to heal wounds, but over the years they have discovered that it has many properties and is a very nutritious food and a popular cosmetic!

 

 What is the apple cider vinegar?

   The apple cider vinegar is produced by the fermentation of apple juice sugars after the addition of microorganisms (bacteria). Sugars are initially converted into alcohol and then into acetic acid, a process called fermentation. Acetic acid is the main ingredient of vinegar and is the main responsible substance for its strong smell and taste. Its differentiation from other vinegars is that it is produced from apples rather than grapes and grains.

 

Nutritional value

   The apple cider vinegar consists mainly of acetic acid and is rich in vitamins, minerals, probiotics and enzymes. It contains β-carotene, calcium and potassium which remain unchanged during the fermentation process. In addition, a range of acids such as gallic, malic, caffeic and chlorogenic acids are contained.

 

Properties and uses

Cholesterol

According to studies, the daily consumption of 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar increases the production of bile and enhances the function of the liver. Bile and liver are essential for the metabolism of cholesterol and its breakdown. The result is the systematic intake of apple cider vinegar helps regulate LDL cholesterol, thus reducing cardiovascular risk.

Arterial pressure

Acetic acid in vinegar appears to have a positive effect on blood pressure. In particular, according to reports, acetic acid reduces arterial pressure and the activity of renin, an enzyme secreted by the kidneys which plays a very important role in regulating blood pressure.

Healthy and shiny hair

In addition to its cardioprotective properties, apple cider vinegar is also a hair cosmetic. Hairspray with apple cider vinegar is a natural hair conditioner. In addition, protects against lice as it prevents the lice from adhering to the hair and, if lice are already present, it facilitates their removal from the scalp. For shampooing and shiny hair, dissolve 1 tablespoon in 1 cup of water and wash your hair 1-3 times a week.

Detoxification

The apple cider vinegar is a hepatic and lymphatic tonic. It detoxifies the body as it improves circulation of the lymph. It reduces fluid retention and restores the pH of the body. It is the ideal ally for those who want to detoxify their body and fight cellulite.

Antimicrobial activity

Thanks to its high acidity, apple cider vinegar is an excellent antimicrobial substance. It is used to fight Candida, for skin and foot fungal infections and also in the treatment of urinary tract infections. It can be combined with other antimicrobial substances such as oregano oil.

Weight loss

Are you looking for a way to boost your metabolism and lose weight? The apple cider vinegar is the natural solution for you. Studies have shown that people who consumed apple cider vinegar on a regular basis had a significantly lower body weight. Its effect is due to the high concentration of acetic acid.

Diabetes

Studies have shown that taking regularly apple cider vinegar reduces serum glucose levels, especially postprandially, and improves insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes. Another study showed that apple cider vinegar delayed stomach emptying leading to better postprandial glucose levels in people with type 1 diabetes, as long as there is no gastroparesis.

Teeth whitening

Like most acids, apple cider vinegar helps to remove dental plaque and helps in teeth whitening. However, you must not exaggerate, as it can lead to erosion of the tooth enamel. Brush your teeth for one minute 1-2 times a week and then rinse well.

Skin

Thanks to the malic acid, its use in acne skin helps prevent and treat acne, while also removes excess skin oiliness. It also contains alpha-hydroxy acids that are known for their anti-aging properties.

 

How to consume it

The apple cider vinegar can be used daily in small quantities. The recommended way of taking is 1-2 tablespoons either diluted in water or along with food. It can be eaten in combination with food, salads or dressing sauces. It is also used as a food preservative.

 

Side effects

Overconsumption may cause gastrointestinal disturbances or worsen of gastroparesis. Because of the high concentration of acids, it can cause erosion of the tooth enamel or irritate the esophagus when consumed in large quantities.

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