It doesn’t come in a fancy bottle. It doesn’t smell like an expensive French spa. And it doesn’t feel even a bit luxurious. In fact, it smells a little sour and has a searing taste. Yet the use of apple cider vinegar for beauty purposes can be traced back to Roman times and it has been prescribed by skin doctors since the 19th century.
Apple cider vinegar is made – but obviously – by crushing and fermenting fresh apples. This fermentation process produces enzymes and nutrients, which act like super-chargers for all the natural vitamins and minerals that the fruit contains. That means apple cider vinegar is packed to the brim with vitamins A, B and C, beta carotene, bioflavonoids, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, iron, sulfur, iron, fluorine, silicon, boron and pectin.
Here’s a short list of all the benefits – are you convinced yet?
Zit Zapper: Apple cider vinegar contains huge amounts of AHAs, which can help destroy unwanted blemishes. You can drink it to detoxify the whole body and get crystal clear skin. Or you can dilute it with water, dab it on a breakout and rinse after 15 minutes.
Helps Digestion: A blocked digestive tract can lead to all kinds of skin problems. Apple cider vinegar regulates bowel movements and also decreases heartburn.
Anti-Ageing: It is super high in antioxidant vitamins, minerals and potassium, which can slow down skin ageing.
Weight Loss: Apple cider vinegar helps break down fats in the body and has hence been used as a natural weight loss remedy for centuries.
Protects Against Infections: Apple cider vinegar contains malic acid, which makes it anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It also helps reduce sinus infections and sore throats.
Hair Help: It’s high potassium content prevents hair loss, while the calcium is good for strong bones and teeth.
Blood Purifier: The presence of pectin helps regulate blood pressure and reduce bad cholesterol.
Diabetes: Acetic acid slows the digestion of starch, which in turn lowers the rise of glucose after eating.
See? It’s practically a miracle!
Not all apple cider vinegar is created equal
But remember! I am not talking about the clear vinegar which is super processed and holds absolutely no nutritional value. Real apple cider vinegar is made with organic apples that are allowed to mature in wooden barrels. It is a little cloudy, with a rich amber colour, and retains the “mother”, which is made up of strand-like enzymes of connected protein molecules with living nutrients and bacteria. So, when purchasing apple cider vinegar, make sure that its says “raw” and “unfiltered.” This is very important.
The Taste Factor
Never take apple cider vinegar directly! Its acidity can erode the enamel of your teeth, so always dilute in at least 4-8 ounces of water. This recipe will even make it taste good.
- 2 cups drinking water
- 2 tablespoons of apple or grapefruit juice (or any juice of your liking)
- 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
- Stevia or honey (to taste)
Place all the ingredients in a glass and stir until everything is mixed together. Add a little ice if you like and drink up!
Do this every day for a month and see if it makes a difference. No! Two days isn’t enough research – you have to give it some time to work! So, give it some time and then come back and tell me how it worked.