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Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used since 400 BC, by the father of modern medicine - Hippocrates, and others. ACV and honey was considered as an healing elixir, and Hippocrates prescribed it for cold and cough. This energizing tonic has many health benefits, and its popularity keeps on increasing by the day. There are multiple advantages associated with it, however to gain those, one needs to buy the raw non-distilled variety which comes with the mother.
What is it?
Apple cider vinegar with the mother is non-distilled and organic. This natural cider is rich brown in color and, when held to the light, you can see a tiny cobweb-like formation of substances which are called the mother. And as it ages, you will see the mother. Natural ACV doesn't need refrigeration. One can also save some of it, and transfer it to other containers containing vinegar. Raw natural ACV has a pungent smell, which is sometimes so ripened, that it puckers your mouth, and hurts your eyes. These are the signs pointing to good natural cider.
Avoid buying the distilled clear looking cider. As it doesn't contain mother, and thus doesn't offer any health benefits. Natural apple cider vinegar which contains mother has the enzymes and minerals which you will not find in ciders sold at grocery stores. Due to over-processing, over-heating, and filtration processes the mother is lost, and thus are these beneficial nutrients, hence it is important that you buy natural variety.
Health Benefits
Instead of using the regular antibiotics to treat ailments, raw apple cider vinegar can be used to treat various ailments. It can be used for treating sinus infection and sore throat problems. You can use it to treat skin conditions like dandruff and acne. It can also be used to balance high cholesterol levels, to protect against food poisoning, and fight allergies. It can also be used for increasing stamina, and strengthening the immune system.
Health benefits of ACV with the mother also include improving metabolism to promote weight loss. Many women have found that it helps to reduce cellulite. One can also use it for alleviating symptoms of arthritis and gout. Raw ACV can also help to prevent bladder stones and Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). It can also be used as an effective body odor remedy, by eliminating the body odor causing bacteria. Similarly, one can use it as a remedy for treating bad breath. It can also be used for treating many fungal yeast infections.
Make sure you buy the right natural organic variety. And while using it, remember the mother will settle down at the bottom of the bottle, so shake the bottle well, before you use it.