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Top 10 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
By now I am sure you have heard about Apple Cider Vinegar and its reputation as an amazing health supplement, but what is the difference between the liquid and capsules? To help you find out how Apple Cider Vinegar could benefit your health, I've put together this guide to the Top 10 Benefits of this amazing ingredient in liquid and capsule form.
Apple Cider Vinegar is one of those natural health supplements we have all heard of by now, praised for its long history as an all-purpose internal tonic and even as an ingredient in cleaning product. A lot of us probably have a bottle of it tucked away in our pantries, just waiting to be used again, but exactly what are the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar? We know it’s touted as a potent health tonic, but what are the differences in uses between drinking it as a liquid and taking it in tablet form?
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is made from fermented apple juice, the sugars of which turn into alcoholic apple cider before becoming vinegar. Rich in beneficial probiotics, enzymes and antioxidants, ACV differs greatly from regular vinegar due to its nutritional properties, containing a wealth of good bacteria. Unfiltered varieties of ACV are usually more brown in appearance than the clear yellows of filtered versions, instead retaining all of that raw goodness and the protein molecules which are often referred to as the ‘mother’ for their rich, concentrated properties.
Benefits of drinking Apple Cider Vinegar
For a multipurpose ACV, I cannot go past the Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar. I really think it should be a staple in every household! It's Gluten Free, Certified Organic and Non-GMO, and can be used for practically everything from cooking to washing your hair.
1. Internal health supplement
Taken daily, ACV is great for helping to give you that boost of energy, even if only from the 'refreshing' taste! Best taken diluted with water, it can help to soothe a dry throat, kickstart your metabolism and discourage the growth of bad bacteria.
2. Salad dressing
Tangy and tart, ACV also makes a deliciously zesty salad dressing. Mix a small amount with some Olive Oil and drizzle over your favourite leafy green salad for a revitalising kick that's good for your digestion too.
3. Cleanser and toner
Thanks to its astringent properties, ACV also makes a great facial cleanser and toner to help unclog pores and treat acne. Apply a small amount to a cotton pad or muslin cloth and gently massage into skin to leave skin feeling clean and refreshed.
4. Hair rinse for shiny hair
Ideal as a treatment for dry and dull hair, ACV can help to restore shine and bounce to each strand as well as encourage healthy hair growth. Dilute with water and run through hair from roots to ends in between shampooing and conditioning. Be sure to rinse well!
5. Natural all-purpose household cleaner
The cleansing properties of ACV also make it an amazing ingredient in natural cleaning. Mix one part ACV to two parts water in a spray bottle, then add your favourite essential oils for scent, and use as desired to spray and wipe down surfaces such as kitchen benchtops and tables.
Benefits of taking Apple Cider Vinegar capsules
For those who find ACV a bit too strong to consume as a liquid, you can actually still reap the benefits of this wonder liquid in capsule form! The Life Botanics Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules are ideal for anyone who can't stand the taste, making it easier and more convenient to consume ACV. These capsules are made from raw ACV with its mother culture retained, which is dried into a powder at low temperatures to keep the good bacteria alive.
6. Digestive support
While ACV capsules can be taken with or without food as desired, it can be really beneficial to take them before each meal to help boost your digestion and ensure your food goes down smoothly. Take one capsule with water before each meal.
7. Promote good gut health
Packed full of probiotics, ACV can help to promote healthy gut function by replenishing the digestive system with good bacteria to support the body's natural processes. Cleansing and detoxifying, it can help to flush out build-up and get a sluggish gut moving again.
8. Encourage glowing skin
In tandem with a healthy gut, your skin can actually benefit from the nutrient rich properties of ACV too. Read more about the link between gut health and skin in my blog post here!
9. Weight management
The jury is out on whether or not ACV can actually help you to 'lose weight', but it's definitely great for helping to curb your sugar cravings and subsequently control your food consumption. Dilute some ACV in a glass of water whenever you're feeling peckish.
10. Immunity boost
Great for supporting immune health and giving your body a fighting chance against common colds and the flu, ACV can help to deter those pesky viruses by replenishing your immune system with a boost of good bacteria which work to ward off infection.
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