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Posted Jul 06 2009 3:30am


An apple a day keeps the doctor away. This is true since years. An apple before going to bed makes you energetic during whole the day. Hence, the apple cider vinegar is considered to be one of the most immunity booster and healthy herbal supplement. Apple cider vinegar is falsely taken as too acidic drink. In fact, this has much lower acid content as compare to the commercial cola and other carbonated drinking waters.


Apple cider vinegar is also known as cider vinegar. This is made up from cider or apple must. It is generally sold unfiltered having brownish yellow color. However, it is to be diluted before consuming due to its acidic property that may cause some throat irritation if taken concentrated. There are pills available in the market containing apple cider vinegar. These pills are advised to be taken under medical supervision and one must follow the dosage prescribed by naturopath or any herbalist.


Apple cider vinegar is becoming more popular due to its health benefits. It covers wide range of diseases in humans. There are no such solid evidences proving its health benefits, but though it has been prescribed worldwide based on the clinical experiences by millions of herbalists, naturopaths and other alternative therapists.


Apple vinegar carries powerful detoxifying properties. It works as purifying agent in the body. It breaks downs the thick, mucous and phlegm deposits within the body from the various sites. By this action, the body gets free from all the congestions present in micro and macro structures of the internal body. Apple cider vinegar is considered to have capacity to oxidize and thinning the blood. This is an important factor to prevent high blood pressure and so to lower down chances of having heart stroke.


It has many other benefits on different system of the body other than just on cardiovascular system. It promotes digestion and assimilation of the ingested food. This also helps to eliminate any toxic substance created by bodily reactions. Apple cider vinegar neutralizes any toxins secreted by the microorganisms in the blood stream. It is one of the powerful germicidal and hence, when taken before a meal, it kills the germs present on the food even if it has.


Apple cider vinegar contains potent element potassium. Latest researches show that this element is plays an essential role in reducing the effects of common cold, allergies and mucus formation. It also acts as anti-histamine up to certain extent and hence exhibit the over secretion from eyes and nose.


Apple cider vinegar as herbal health supplement works on teeth problems. It has beneficiary effect on tooth decay and splitting of the fingernails. This is because cider vinegar is rich source of potassium and aforesaid diseases are generally due to lack of potassium supplements. Potassium is also important for soft tissue repairing and not to have anemic condition.


Certain musculoskeletal disorders like arthritis can also be cured up to certain extent by Apple cider vinegar. This can be taken as beverage or can also be applied directly on the joint in the form of hot compresses. Another diseases in which, apple cider vinegar is helpful are asthma, nose bleeding, candida, high cholesterols, colitis, diarrhea, diabetes, gallstones, insomnia etc.


Apple cider vinegar is widely used to treat acne condition. It has also beneficial effects on boils, pustules and blisters. Apple cider vinegar has also been used to treat the warts by putting a cotton piece of cider vinegar on the affected areas. Dandruff can also be cured up to major extent by using cider vinegar. The cider vinegar is also used in hair fall conditions. Falling out the hair is generally due to tissue salt deficiency. Vinegar re-establishes natural balance and supplies nutrition. The general period for this treatment is required for nearly about two months.


There are clinical evidences for the diseases like heartburn, hiccups, diarrhea, fatigue, ear discharge, dizziness, hay fever in which, apple cider vinegar is considered to be one of the best herbal supplement as the safe treatment or remedy.


You can make apple cider vinegar at your home. There are two most important factors to be kept in mind; oxygen supplement and temperature control. The oxygen is to be supplied through the mixture by stirring it daily and by letting the fresh air reach fluid. This can be done also with the help of cheesecloth filter replacing the regular lid. The temperature for this fermenting cider is to be maintained 60-80 degree Fahrenheit. Lower temperature will not always produce good quality of vinegar. On the other hand, higher temperature will interfere with the formation of the ‘mother of vinegar’, which is a mat that forms on the bottom of the fermenting material that has turned bad.


One should not use metal container during the whole process of making apple cider vinegar. This is because an acid getting generated by the vinegar may do reaction with the metal. Glass, wood, enamel, plastic or stainless steels are to be preferred as vessel used to make apple cider vinegar. After preparing also, it is not to be stored in metal container to prevent cider vinegar spoiling. Homemade apple cider vinegar can be used in salads, cooking or freezer and refrigerator pickled products. One should not use it in canned or packed foods as it may interact with the preservative presented in those foods.


There are lot many manufacturers who produce varieties of apple cider vinegars. To make it more tongue-friendly and eye-catchy, manufacturers often add some flavors and natural colors to make it usable more easily. However, all of these products are to be kept away from direct sunlight as the sunlight destroys the flavor, acidity and color of the apple cider vinegar. The container should be out of reach of children as apple cider vinegar is to be given in perfect dosage to the children.


With the proper usage and dosage, apple cider vinegar can maintain health for an individual and help overcoming the person who is in diseased state. One has to remember that apple cider vinegar is to be taken cautiously if he or she is known case of hyperacidity.

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