Apple cider vinegar drink – an ancient cure for everything? photo Hark3n / Wikimedia

What is cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar, also known as ACV or cider vinegar, is an amber color vinegar made from cider or apple must by crushing fruit and squeezing out the juice. Next, thanks to bacteria and yeast, the fermentation process starts. The alcohol from the first fermentation turns into vinegar during the second fermentation. ACV is often used in, for example, salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrette, making pickles and chutneys. Although cider vinegar diet is the invention of the contemporary, since the ancient times vinegar health benefits have been valued and it has been used as a folk remedy, perfect for any ailment.

Cider vinegar and weight loss
There is no surprise to say that vinegar is a popular weight loss aid and cider vinegar diet has lots of supporters all over the world. It is recommended to drink 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar a day, preferably in the morning. Here’s a simple recipe for a daily apple pie ACV drink:

  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of apple juice
  • 6 ounces of water
  • 4 drops of vanilla liquid stevia
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon

All the ingredients have to be mixed, with 1-2 cubes of ice on hot days. People on cider vinegar diet find it easier to feel full and stop eating. A study on a group of 12 adults proved that those who ate a piece of bread together with vinegar felt full faster than those who were not on vinegar diet.

Cider vinegar health benefits
First of all, ACV is a rich source of potassium, acetic acid and ash. It helps regulating the blood pressure and reduces bad cholesterol. Secondly, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of vinegar are may help getting rid of various infections. It helps clear up skin conditions and blemishes, improves bowel irregularity and removes toxins from the body much faster. Talking about vinegar health benefits we cannot forget about the fact, that some research has shown that ACV may be able to kill cancer cells or slow their growth. Don’t expect wonders drinking ACV, but you can for example notice its positive influence on your complexion after even a short time.

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