All of us are familiar with “ Apple Cider Vinegar “ and it’s health benefits. Before going in depth about the health and skin care benefits of it , let us know what exactly is it about?
Apple Cider Vinegar is nothing but it’s mostly an apple juice, the yeast is added which makes the sugar turn into alcohol and the process is called fermentation. The bacteria is added to it which turns it to the acetic acid and thus we get that sour taste and strong smell. It is also believed that it acts as a probiotic which boosts the digestive system and thus helps in weight loss.
There are many studies which support the claim that it has proven benefit for health as well as to get that flawless and beautiful skin. Let us see how it supports health and beauty.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss:
- Acetic acid present in it helps in lowers the blood sugar levels.
- Decrease the insulin levels which turn good for fat loss.
- Puts down the appetite thus makes you control the food intake.
- Reduces cholesterol thus making the heart healthy.
ACV( Apple Cider Vinegar ) has the antimicrobial properties, polyphenols, vitamins, minerals and microbes ( yeast and bacteria) and these microbes are collectively known as “mother” which are rich in proteins and enzymes. The “mother” in ACV acts as a probiotic which prevents the growth of bad bacteria and thus treating bacterial infections.
How much should I take for weight loss?
Apple cider does wonders for losing belly fat thus making it easy in losing weight .
- Take one tablespoon of ACV ( about 15ml-30ml per day) in a glass of warm water
- Add 1 tbsp of honey ( optional )
- Repeat this every early morning to lose weight.
Health benefits of ACV:
ACV was used since the old days mainly as a kitchen ingredient which was used as a food preservative by stopping the growth of bacteria and thus preventing the food from getting damaged.
It also has the antifungal properties for treating the vaginal infections like vaginal candidiasis which is caused by candida fungus. A study in its research claims that upon experimenting it on animals (rats) it was quite visible that after giving daily a recommended dose of ACV the rats have reduced weight significantly.
According to one japanese study apple cider vinegar was very effective in reducing the body weight, serum triglyceride, visceral fat in obese people.
Proven effective in treating Hypertension :
As discussed earlier, tests on rats have proven that ACV also helps in reducing the blood pressure of rats, but needs to be confirmed on humans too.
Apple Cider Vinegar for treating PCOS in women:
PCOS( Polycystic ovary syndrome) is a common health problem in womens of child bearing age nowadays. There isn’t any evidence which tells what is the cause of PCOS in women. PCOS in women affects their overall health and appearance due to the hormonal imbalance.
Also read : PCOS and Infertility
ACV taken with honey daily can improve in treating the symptoms of PCOS. The ACV helps in reducing the estrogen and male hormone testosterone and also increases the progesterone hormone which is able to treat the PCOS. This was keenly evident on the test done on animals (rats) while conducting the research.
ACV for flawless skin:
Acne problem: One of the major problems girls face is acne, the cause for them to occur again depends on various factors like it may occur due to hormonal imbalance, bacteria, excess production of oil and rise in the androgen levels.
Apple Cider Vinegar can do wonders in controlling the acne due to its antibacterial properties. Do the following to get rid of the acne;
How to apply :
- Take raw or organic ACV in to a bowl ( probably 2 tbsps)
- Add some clear and hygienic water
- Dip the cotton in to the solution
- Pat it on the affected area and leave it for about 10 mins and wash it off with warm water
- Repeat daily for better results
For smooth skin :
- Mix some apple cider while taking bath daily
- Allow the acv to soak in to your skin
- Repeat daily and get that soft and supple skin and it is also helpful in maintaining the PH levels of your skin.
Useful for treating dark spots , fine lines and wrinkles
Yes , you have heard it right it is useful for treating the dark spots as it contains the acetic acid which helps in lightening the pigmentation. Take a little drop of acv mixed with a little water and apply it on the face and leave it about 20mins and then rinse it off with cool water , repeat this routine daily and you can notice that the fine lines and wrinkles start disappearing thus making you look youthful.
Side effects of apple cider:
Though there are many benefits of apple cider vinegar like you can say it is used as food preservatives, food dressing , used as a remedy for health issues and also proven benefit for maintaining beauty. But, remember taking it in excess will also have side effects related to it:
- Taking excess of acv can result in tooth decay
- Undiluted acv can lead to skin burns and irritation
- Digestive problems
- Gastrointestinal related issues
- Hypokalemia- which occurs due to low potassium levels and results in muscle and paralyze the body
Though there are many benefits of using the acv and is widely used by everyone, still taking a proper precaution is necessary while taking apple cider to avoid any further side effects and complications and if any side effects are worsened it is better suggested to take the medical advice from a health practitioner and be safe.