Apple Cider Vinegar also known as Seb Ka Sirka in Hindi has amazing health benefits and medicinal uses. Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar got from apples and it has been used widely used both in cooking and in home remedies. Apple cider vinegar is called by it’s English name apple cider vinegar in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. Apple Cider Vinegar Chemical Composition: The main component of apple cider vinegar is acetic acid. Since apple cider vinegar is made from apples, it contains all the minerals and vitamins that apples contain in lesser quantities like vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, Biotin, folic acid and niacin. Apple cider vinegar also contains pectin and malic acid. Apple Cider Vinegar Nutrients & Calories: 100 ml of apple cider vinegar has around 16.5 calories, 4.11 grams of carbohydrates, 1.02 grams of sugar, .03 grams of protein, 69 mg of potassium, 27.25 mg of sodium, 21.2 mg of calcium, 3.88mg of phosphorus and 2.38mg of vitamin C. We get organic apple cider vinegar easily in Indian markets, you can either buy them or make your own. To make your own apple cider vinegar at home, collect fresh organic apples and chop them into small pieces. Now take the cut apples in a large glass jar and for every 500 grams of apple, add about one and half liters of water. Now add in 1 to 2 cups of organic raw sugar and mix well. Add in 1/4 cup of store bought apple cider vinegar with the mother to it and mix well. Cover the mouth of the jar with a cloth and secure it with a thread. Now place it in your pantry away from direct sunlight, make sure to open and press down any apple pieces poking up every 3 days or so. After a few days you will notice a white layer of bacteria forming on top which is usually called the “Mother”. It is the symbiotic live culture of bacteria and yeast that turns the mixture into vinegar. Usually once a batch of apple cider vinegar is made, the mother is used to make a new batch. If you are using the mother, you can reduce the amount of sugar and also you don’t have to open the bottle once every 3 days. Just let it sit for 2 months or so in the pantry. If you are making apple cider vinegar the first time without the mother, adding little bit of store bought apple cider vinegar with mother will greatly help. If you don’t want to go to all the lengths of making your own apple cider vinegar, you can easily buy apple cider vinegar from the shops. In India, you can buy apple cider vinegar in all the departmental stores but it is hard to get apple cider vinegar with the mother in small towns. When buying try to buy organic, unfiltered and unprocessed apple cider vinegar with the mother. Apple cider vinegar with the mother will look cloudy as opposed to ones without the mother which looks clear. I have pictured only apple cider vinegar without the mother as my local departmental store does not sell apple cider vinegar with the mother. I have also started making my own batch of apple cider vinegar, hopefully it will be ready by within a month or two. Apple Cider Vinegar Side Effects: Though apple cider vinegar has wonderful medicinal uses, we should remember that in excess it does more harm than good. Please remember not to consume raw apple cider vinegar as it will damage the enamel and cause throat and stomach burn. Always dilute it in water before drinking. Also consuming large amounts of apple cider vinegar for long duration’s of time could lead to low bone density and low potassium levels. Apple cider vinegar will interact with diabetic and heart medications, diuretic and blood pressure medications so practice caution if you are on any of these medications. Apple Cider Vinegar Dosage: I couldn’t find any research recommending a safe dosage. In my personal experience, 1 tsp mixed with a cup of water works really well and does not have any side effects. I would suggest starting with this amount. How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar? To use, take a cup of warm water, mix in 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar and honey, mix well and drink. Some recommend drinking apple cider vinegar in the morning but I would suggest drinking it in between meals or before going to bed as it caused stomach burn when I drank it in empty morning……….
10 TOP HEALTH BENEFITS & MEDICINAL USES OF APPLE CIDER VINEGAR:
1. For Diabetes:
Apple cider vinegar reduces the
absorption of carbohydrates, reduces postprandial glucose levels and if
consumed as a bed time drink, reduces fasting blood glucose levels in
the morning. To reduce blood sugar levels, mix 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar with the mother along
with 1 cup of water and consume before going to bed daily.
2. Aids Digestion:
Apple cider vinegar
greatly helps with digestive issues. If you are suffering from gastritis
or bloating consume apple cider vinegar mixed with water. Vinegar stimulates
digestive juices that helps break down food. You can also add tiny pinch of ginger and honey to apple cider vinegar, it quickly helps treat all gastric problems like
indigestion and bloating really well.
3. For Sore
Apple cider vinegar is an amazing home remedy for sore throat as apple
cider vinegar have powerful anti bacterial
properties that treats the infection really well. Drinking apple cider
vinegar will help reduce the pain and inflammation really quickly. For
the remedy, drink a cup of warm water mixed with apple cider vinegar and honey.
For Weight Loss:
Using apple cider vinegar for weight loss is a very
popular home remedy all over the world. Clinical research done in mice
show that acetic acid in apple cider vinegar suppresses body fat
accumulation and aids in weight loss. Though a wide clinical research is
not done on humans to prove it’s efficiency 100 %, consuming apple
cider drink does suppresses appetite thus greatly reducing the amount of
calories we consume. You can find the study that supports this claim here.
Balances pH Levels:
Our body should maintain a proper pH levels to
maintain good health. Our body is slightly alkaline and consuming highly
acidic foods on a regular basis upsets the natural balance and pH
imbalance is one of the reasons for lack of energy and falling ill
often. Consuming apple cider vinegar drink keeps our body in a slightly
alkaline state which is very essential for good health.
Lowers Blood Pressure:
Apple cider vinegar can help people suffering
from high blood pressure too. Acetic acid, the main component of apple
cider vinegar helps reduce blood pressure by suppressing renin, an
enzyme that is responsible for hiking up the blood pressure. For the remedy, mix 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar in a a cup of warm water and drink it in between meals.
Detoxifies The Body:
Nowadays we hear the word detox almost everywhere
and apple cider vinegar is a true detox drink as it helps regulate our
pH levels, improves nutrient absorption and also keeps our digestion in
peak health. A teaspoon apple cider vinegar mixed in a cup of warm water and honey is enough to detox our body…
Protects The Heart:
Apple cider vinegar has a protective effect on the
heart as it reduces LDL cholesterol and improves HDL cholesterol levels.
It also reduces serum triglycerides. This effect is the same for both
normal and diabetic patients. Apple cider vinegar drink will greatly
benefits diabetic patients who are suffering from high cholesterol
levels too. You can read the study that proves it here.
Anti Ageing Properties:
Apple cider vinegar is rich in antioxidants and
any antioxidant rich food fights off free radicals which are the main
cause of premature ageing of the skin and hair. Regularly consuming
apple cider vinegar also improves immunity and prevents us from getting
cold and sore throat often.
10. Improves Nutrient
Acetic acid in apple cider vinegar
helps with nutrient absorption. Consuming a apple cider drink close to
your meal times helps with maximum nutrient absorption from the meal
consumed. Also consuming apple cider vinegar after heavy meals prevents bloating and indigestion. Apple cider vinegar, honey and ginger mixed in water can be consumed as a night drink.