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Apple Cider & The Mother: Benefits & Creative Ways To Use It To Boost Health

Apple Cider & The Mother: Benefits & Creative Ways To Use It To Boost Health

Apple cider vinegar has long been known for its incredible health benefits that include weight loss, prevention and treatment of diabetes, and improved blood sugar levels. It has also been used in many home remedies for skin and hair care.

Not all apple cider vinegar will get you these amazing health benefits. If you want the best product with the most nutrition, upgrade your current apple cider vinegar to include the mother.

Amazing Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is formed when the sugar in apples are allowed to naturally ferment into alcohol. Longer fermentation processes allow for a combination of yeast and bacteria to accumulate, which is known as the mother. The mother contains a unique strand of proteins, healthy bacteria and enzymes that many people believe are responsible for enhancing the benefits of apple cider vinegar.

  1. Antimicrobial and Wound Healing
Apple cider vinegar contains antimicrobial properties that may also be able to kill some types of bacteria. In the context of food preparation, apple cider vinegar is an excellent way to wash and preserve foods. It can also be used to treat wounds.
  1. Lowers Cholesterol
According to a study published in Medscape General Medicine, apple cider vinegar can be used to treat high blood pressure. The study also indicated a lower risk for fatal ischemic heart disease in people who regularly consumed oil and vinegar salad dressings.
  1. Anti-tumor Properties
Apple cider vinegar is a good source of polyphenols, which are plant chemicals that in one study showed benefits as a promising cancer preventer. It is also a good source of antioxidants, which further protect cells from tumor formation.
  1. Anti-glycemic Effects

Research shows that consuming two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one ounce of cheese at night before going to bed improves waking blood glucose levels. The study stated that the active ingredient in vinegar, known as acetic acid, also contributes to starch digestion and delayed gastric emptying, which may help stabilize blood sugar levels.

Amazing Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar With The Mother

Apple cider vinegar and the mother provide a unique set of health benefits that should not be confined to the kitchen. Here are some creative ways to use this amazing product.

  1. Acne
Because of its antimicrobial properties, apple cider vinegar is a popular ingredient in many homemade acne remedies. It can also be used to reduce dark spots, restore pH balance to facial skin, promote an even tone, and fights wrinkles. To use, apply a pea sized amount to a cotton ball and rub all over your face and neck. (We suggest doing a patch test first).
  1. Food Preservative and Rinse

According to a 2002 study published in the Journal of Food Production, apple cider vinegar may be used to treat E. coli from growing in food, which makes it a great way to naturally preserve and clean your foods at home. For big batches of food, fill your sink up with water and add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Stir the mixture together and drop your vegetables in. Let the vegetables sit for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.

You can also combine a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a spray bottle full of water and spray your vegetables clean. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes before washing off.

  1. Disinfectant and Natural Cleaner

Take advantage of the mother’s bacteria-killing benefits by making your own organic homemade disinfectant. According to a 2006 study, undiluted apple cider vinegar with the mother may be effectively used for cleaning dentures. The study stated that unlike bleach, vinegar residues that were left on dentures were not associated with muscle damage.

To clean kitchen tops and other areas of your home, mix one cup of water with ½ cup of apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle. Use this mixture to spray on windows, glass, mirrors, bathroom tiles and microwaves.

  1. Salad Dressing
Making your own apple cider vinegar salad dressing at home can help protect your risk of developing fatal ischemic heart disease1. Try the following recipe for a tasty health boost on your next salad:
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a glass jar and shake well to mix. Allow the dressing to sit for 30 minutes before use if possible. Will last for up to a week in the fridge.
  1. Dandruff Remedy

Apple cider vinegar can be used on dry hair to treat dandruff and a dry scalp. To use, combine ¼ cup raw honey with 10 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Apply the mixture to your hair. Leave it on for approximately 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.