Apple cider vinegar is made by extracting the fruit juice from apples and allowing those sugars to ferment. A secondary fermentation is what produces vinegar. The final product has a tangy flavor and contains Vitamins B1 & 2, as well as some mineral salts. The first recorded uses for vinegar began in 5000 BC, for preserving food. In 400 BC in ancient Greece, an apple cider vinegar concoction was utilized for various illnesses and ailments. Today apple cider vinegar is still highly utilized.
There has been a growing interest and support on the effects of apple cider vinegar (ACV) on delaying gastric emptying to aid weight loss, decreasing fasting blood glucose levels in diabetics, and aiding with digestion. Not all ACV is created equal; when buying ACV be sure to choose the ones that have a cloudy appearance because these are the ones with the beneficial enzymes and bacteria. Before you consume ACV, always dilute it in water. ACV has a high acetic acid content and may damage your esophagus at high concentrations.
You can use ACV in salad dressings, marinades, drinks, and for preserving food. Aside from using it in food, ACV is no newbie to the beauty world. In fact, historically it was used for clarifying skin and making hair shiny and soft. Using diluted ACV, why not try incorporating it into your beauty regime for an easy DIY conditioner and toner.