Apple cider vinegar is one of the most common products sold and consumed for numerous health benefits. Ardent users swear to it, depending on what they use it for.
For some, it is an elixir used to treat many conditions. Before going far, this is not your usual cheap white vinegar used in cleaning and other purposes around the house. Apple cider vinegar, commonly called ACV, is made from the fermentation of apples. It has been carried forth from a long tradition carried down the history of mankind. There is evidence that this old practice had its roots from Babylonians, around 5000 BC, who made fermented palm. Egyptians fermented barley. It is the Aryans that first made a sour apple wine, the earliest form of apple cider vinegar that we use today. The Chinese have also used apple cider vinegar since 1200 BC to treat pc, viral infections and rashes.
You ask, why would a food product so old be that useful today? Is it just a hype or does it have medicinal properties that have made it insanely popular throughout the centuries?
If you are searching on how how to use apple cider vinegar, it is most likely you read it online or heard from a friend. We will discuss some of the health conditions for which ACV has been used.
Discussing efficacy of all uses of apple cider vinegar in length might not be possible in one short post. Indeed, there are books and articles that have delved deep into the subject.
Which apple cider vinegar should you use?
Apple cider vinegar is sold commercially by several companies, some that have learnt the art for centuries now. They recommend looking for one that is original and unfiltered. Make sure you check on the label on whether it has “with mother”. Mother is a collective term that refers to all ingredients used and formed from the fermentation process. It contains useful bacteria that you need. You will see cloudy and murky appearance through the clear glass bottle. Now that does not mean that it is bad. It is the one that you should be consuming for your needs.
Thousands of people have this condition and search for treatments online. In fact, there are over 5000 searches every month alone. Acid reflux is a condition that of excessive acidity in the stomach, with symptoms of heartburn, pain or discomfort in the oesophageal. According to Medical News Today, the condition results from acid flowing back up the food pipe. When this occurs more than twice a week, it is diagnosed as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This is the most prevalent condition of the gut.
It is important that you seek treatment for this condition. The fluids contain stomach acids and pepsin. Pepsin digests proteins while stomach. These acids can gradually destroy walls of the oesophagus
For relief of this condition, it is recommended to take 2tsps in a cup of warm water several times a day. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) Take this preferably three times a day.
Why does ACV work? The enzyme contained in Apples is similar to the one found in crushed and fermented apples. Resulting vinegar reduces blood sugar pH. It could have some antimicrobial properties. The University of Maryland noted that this helps fight microorganisms and fungi in the gut. Recent studies have several shown that a mixture of water and ACV is arguably the best home treatment for acid reflux.
Make it a habit of mixing 2-3 teaspoonfuls of ACV in around 8 ounces of water before meals to increase stomach pH.
For food poisoning or extreme digestion issues, you need to add a tablespoonful of ACV mixed in a glass of water. Take several sips in a day can help relieve bouts of diarrhoea. You can take it before taking meals that you think can cause indigestion. Add a teaspoonful of honey to improve results.
Alternatively, you can take a glass of warm water and mix it with a teaspoonful of ACV. If you do not want to consume a full glass of this mixture before meals, add two drops of ACV in a teaspoonful of water and hold it in your mouth for a few seconds. This will activate salivary glands to produce more saliva, which when swallowed will help in digestion of food. Digestion of starch starts in the mouth. Ensure to rinse your mouth as this is acidic and doing so regularly can corrode the enamel of your teeth.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Arthritis
Apple Cider Vinegar is also common for managing arthritis. Patients with these conditions suffer from achy joints. Using ACV can be helpful extracting calcium from your diet and use it to strengthen teeth and bones. This is because it has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
One of the reasons why you might want to take ACV is because of the many medications you would be subscribed to. They will not cure you as (rheumatoid) arthritis has no cure. It can only be managed using diet. Drugs can also be more costly compared to ACV that you can make or order from your preferred store. Besides, they have their side effects that may be severe for some people.
While apple cider vinegar might have anti-inflammatory properties, its efficacy for this condition has not been proven through science. It has been approved only from anecdotal merit.
So, should you take it? By all means! It is food and it may work for you if it has worked for other people.
People that often suffer from congestion may find this health tonic handy in their homes.
If you have allergies such as sinuses, you may consider taking it after the onset of allergies. Some have noted that symptoms of allergies have disappeared within a day of taking apple cider vinegar while others have seen complete disappearance of sinus problems.
You can use Apple Cider Vinegar to relieve sore throat pains. Just gargle it in your throat.
If there is a topic that has generated massive searches in the recent past, it is the concern that people have on their weight. Not a new frenzy though. People are increasingly concerned about their health and it is noble to be responsible for your health.
In 2019, for whatever reason, people that were researching apple cider vinegar for this very purpose rose sharply. People have associated this wonder food for all manner of reasons and many people believe it can help them cut down their weight.
How has science responded to this claim? Three groups of people, a sample of 175 were given 0, 1 and 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar for three weeks. Those that took most of the ACV had the least levels of triglyceride in the blood. It was suspected that consuming ACV caused nausea or feeling of fullness, which promoted less tendency of consumption of food.
A similar study was done on people. This used a sample of 39 people were subjected to standard diet and another that was associated with ACV. The findings showed that those that consumed diets associated with ACV lost most weight compared to those whose diet did not contain ACV.
For those reasons, it may be said that ACV influences loss of weight. In science, causation is no correlation is a common phrase. It may apply here as well. But there is no concrete scientific evidence to underpin this. Like other conditions, take ACV in moderation and it might work for you.
Some people have argued that acidic foods are associated with cancer and ACV, which contains acetic acid can worsen the condition already. I am not an oncologist. But I have seen people that have consumed lemon dutifully and have seen breast cancer diminish. If it doesn’t harm you, take it.
Apple cider vinegar is good for the body in eliminating gall stones from the gall bladder.
Just mix pure oil, apple juice and ACV in the ratio of 1:2:1. Have the contents mixed in a 250ml glass and consume the contents. On the first day, it is recommended that you take the these contents three times a day on the first day. On the second day, take it twice and as much as needed but no any water at all. On the third day, you should take salad for breakfast. This will include raw cabbage, carrots, celery, beet root, tomatoes and lettuce. You can dress it using apple cider vinegar and olive oil. In addition, you can take steamed green vegetables on the third day.
You can also make e salad to dissolve kidney stones. For this, you need green onions, parsley and cucumbers in addition to ACV. These have been shown to eliminate kidney stones.
This depends on your condition. It is a supplement and a natural one for that matter. As has been said before, be conservative and do not be entirely reliant on it. A tablespoonful or two for every glass of water is fair. I use it as a daily habit.
Side Effects of Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV may be ideal for some people to treat certain conditions but there are side effects. Do not over-consume this product. I would recommend you seek medical attention even as you use this product. It is largely safe for most people but there is no guarantee it will work for you.
That said, here are some of the complaints that people have concerning apple cider vinegar:
1. It has an acidic taste that some people do not like. You can mix honey to the mixture of water and ACV.
2. Apple cider vinegar reduces blood sugar. While this is seen as a positive effect, it actually delays digestion in the stomach, which means that those nutrients are not readily absorbed into the bloodstream.
3. Prolonged and high doses of ACV have been associated with reduced potassium in the blood. There are cases where patients that took ACV for over 6 years. A patient consumed ACV diluted in 250ml of water. She was diagnosed with weak bones and altered blood chemistry.
4. Consuming ACV can damage your teeth enamel. This happens due to the strong liquid coming into contact with the teeth. An easy remedy for this is to use a straw to keep the liquid away of coming into contact with the teeth.
5. Apple Cider vinegar can cause gut or stomach irritation due to its high acidity. If this is your concern, simply increase the ratio of ACV in water to dilute it further.
How to make apple cider vinegar at home
Although it is commercially available, you can easily make it in your home. There are various guides online now on how you can make. No special equipment is needed. Just sugar, apples, glass jar and water. Some people recommend adding yeast to quicken fermentation process. Others also add salt to enhance its taste.
To make it, you need to cut 3 apples into small slices or cubes. Some would use only peelings after consuming the fleshy part.
Drop the cubes into a glass jar. Add water into a glass jar of 300ml to 500ml capacity.
Add 3 tsps of sugar and stir. if you so wish, you can add a half a teaspoonful of salt and stir.
If you wish, you can add a pinch of yeast into the mixture of a half a teaspoonful of white vinegar. Don’t use yeast and white vinegar at the same time as they do the same purpose.
Now you need to close the jar with a clean piece of small cloth and tie around tightly near the opening. Fermentation needs oxygen but leaving it open will attract flies that love the taste sugar. The piece of cloth will keep off these insects from contaminating your contents.
Let the contents settle down in a dark area but one exposed to fresh air.
These days, there are many ways of consuming ACV. Many commercial products are available in local stores. The most common is a glass containing contents. Being acidic, it has to be stored in glass or plastic containers.
Pills are common these days but recently popular products such as gummies have been produced. Goli claims theirs is the world’s Apple Cider Vinegar with Vitamins.
Apple cider vinegar has worked for most people despite little science to buttress the massive claims. It has been used for thousands of years. Think of 5000BC. For people that take religiously and have seen its uses, they do well. I personally have used it to raise chicken successfully without any additional medication or even vaccination. I choose to take conservatively by adding a tablespoon for my daily glass of water. If you have an underlying medical condition, you may need to seek specialised medical guidance.
How have you used apple cider vinegar? What is your experience?