History of apple cider vinegar use can be traced back to ancient times, when people used to admire its stunning properties. Although, they did not know the underlying mechanics of fermentation, they were well aware of the process of achieving it. That is why they attributed wines and vinegars as a favour from God or Holy spirits.
They used it for preservation of products and for medicinal purposes, other than drinking and intoxication.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Cider, an alcoholic form, is the direct product which results after fermentation of the apple juice. However, when it is further treated with acetification, vinegar is produced. This end product is then called as Apple Cider Vinegar. Practically, pulverized apples are used to attain cider vinegar.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has shown promising effects for innumerable disease conditions. Its use come under the category of alternative medicine and/or home remedy. Broadly classifying, it possesses marvellous properties like antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiseptic and preservative. It has numerous health benefits and can be used to treat various conditions. To name a few: which are supported by scientific evidence:
2. Elevated cholesterol in blood
3. Heart diseases
8. Skin problems
9. Yeast infection
Can it help against rashes?
It can help against different sort of skin conditions presenting with rashes. Chicken pox and Herpes are among the most irritating conditions due to a continuous itch and pain, respectively. Apple cider vinegar can prove to be miraculous in alleviating itch and pain in these conditions.
How long can it be used?
Despite apple juice being a rich source of potassium, a chemically treated apple cider vinegar is deficient in potassium. It happens due to the use of flavours or additives in apple cider vinegar. Therefore, its long term use should be carried out cautiously in patients with low potassium conditions and osteoporosis.
If patient is already taking medications for heart ailment or diabetes, its use again should be supervised by a physician.
Help should be sought from a medical practitioner for its long term use.
Can it cause any candida die off?
A study published in Thi-Qar Medical Journal (TQMJ) in 2011 unveiled astonishing properties of apple cider vinegar against candida albicans. This study was performed in vitro to compare the effects of apple cider vinegar to conventional antifungal drug against fungi, among which candida was one of the organism. Amazingly, results revealed supersedure effectiveness of apple cider vinegar against candida as compared to fluconazole, an antifungal drug.
According to the study results, it was proposed that, apple cider vinegar can safely be used against fungal infections as an add-on therapy or alternative treatment.
Can it cause bloating?
There hasn’t been any case report suggesting that apple cider vinegar could cause bloating. Rather apple cider vinegar can effectively relieve symptoms related to stomach upset and indigestion like bloating.
How to use Apple cider vinegar?
The form in which it is prescribed, whether tablet, powdered or liquid, depends upon the condition in which it is being considered. For instance, for oral thrush, a liquid form with gargles is more effective as compared to tablet or syrup. For athlete foot and itch, immersion solution in a bath tub is the recommended choice. However, for a rash, direct application is considered.
What is the dosage?
Dosage of apple cider vinegar varies considerably from condition to condition. Dosages for a few conditions is mentioned below:
Athlete Foot: 50/50 solution containing 50% ACV and 50% water should be used to immerse infected foot/feet.
Rash: Direct application of 1tsp apple cider vinegar on the rash is applied three times daily
Itching: Half to a full cup is used in a tub full of water and bath is taken on daily basis to relieve itching.
Oral thrush: A table spoon of apple cider vinegar is used in a cup with moderately warm water for gargles every 3 hourly.
All yeast infections including genital areas: A tablespoon to one quart water should be applied on the affected areas three times daily.
These are just approximate suggestions for commonly encountered conditions, however, its use should carefully be sought under supervision of a physician.
Raw apple cider vinegar
Natural and unprocessed ACV is believed to be a rich source of mineral like phosphorous, calcium, potassium and magnesium. It acquires properties of a strong acid and is affluent in probiotics and enzymes which help to kill the candida form of yeast.