Apple Cider Vinegar – A medicine of life benefitting health Apple cider vinegar is nothing but vinegar made from apples fermented and is known popularly in recent times for its health benefits. Preparation of apple cider vinegar is straightforward. Cut an apple fruit and let it ferment in water with its own sugar along with yeast turning into apple cider vinegar. The bacteria do the work of converting the ferment into acetic acid and enhance the taste of the apple cider vinegar. They are found in supermarkets nowadays and are of great use today. Apple cider vinegar usually is brown in color and does not undergo any form of screening. They come in original form in a white glass bottle or plastic bottles. They are used in making chutneys, used in dressing salads, etc. The natural form of apple cider vinegar contains the "mother," which is a protein-bacteria combination. The effects of taking apple cider vinegar are seen in the loss of weight, improve metabolism and help in digestion, cure cancer, and diabetes, lower blood sugar levels, improve energy, detoxification of organs and cure acid reflux. This is the reason they are called a superfood. The reason why apple cider vinegar is known popularly as a superfood is because of the following miracles it performs: Weight loss: Consumption of apple cider vinegar improves the metabolism and helps in suppressing appetite, thereby reducing weight. The study also claims that it has been proven to reduce weight. A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar was suggested to be taken along with water before every meal for better results. Improves digestion: Taking a low amount of apple cider vinegar helps in improving digestion. Cholesterol levels are lowered with the consumption of apple cider vinegar and help in improving heart diseases . Apple cider vinegar helps in absorbing nutrients from the food helping in attaining maximum nutrients from the food. Prevent Cancer: Cancer is nothing but the damage of cells and skin, and this can be prevented by taking apple cider vinegar in small quantities along with the food. The effect of apple cider vinegar on cancer cells is amazing and helps in curing them. Apple cider vinegar unclogs arteries preventing heart diseases. The chlorogenic acid present in the vinegar acts as an antioxidant and helps in lowering cholesterol levels drastically. Blood sugar: Intake of apple cider vinegar helps to lower blood sugar levels naturally by slowing down the process of food, thereby decreasing the sugar levels. Foods with high GI usually are absorbed quicker and increase sugar levels. This can be avoided by taking apple cider vinegar along with the food as the vinegar helps in slowing down the process of absorbing food. Acid reflux: Apple cider vinegar is well known for its remedy for acid reflux. However, it is advised to be taken in small quantities as they might cause side effects like ulcers, irritation and can destroy enamel in the teeth. Detoxifier: Apple cider vinegar is an excellent detoxifier. It is also antibacterial and antifungal in nature. The killing of other bacteria's: The bacteria present in the apple cider vinegar kill other harmful bacteria and help in cleaning of the stomach and acts as a disinfectant in house. Apple cider vinegar is a natural form of preservative as it contains vinegar and used in making pickles, jams, etc. The acidic nature of vinegar kills bacteria and acts as a disinfectant. Antioxidant: Apple cider vinegar is the best antioxidant and helps in the repair of cells, prevents damage of cells, reduces the signs of aging, and reduces risk of disease. Medical effects of apple cider vinegar: Presence of vinegar in apple cider vinegar is used in canal treatment of ear. Also used against the treatment of dandruff and relieve the pain of jellyfish stings. Balance of pH levels: By the intake of apple cider vinegar, the pH levels are maintained by creating an alkaline atmosphere in our body, which inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi. Efficient muscles: Potassium in the vinegar stimulates the energy required for the body. The muscle cramps can be cured with the help of apple cider vinegar. Control over yeast: Intake of apple cider vinegar eradicates fungus and therefore is used for control over yeast formation. Consequently, they are used in food products as a source of preservative. Conclusion: Though apple cider vinegar has many advantages, it is always advised to take in low levels as they can cause many side effects. As the saying goes, “excess of anything is not good," it is better to take apple cider vinegar in small quantities. They are proved to be right in adding flavour to the food and help reduce weight. Author Bio: Henna Lawrence is a proficient writer who firmly believes in the age-old remedies and holistic medicine as a primary cure for several diseases. After graduating she embarked on a journey to find the truth about holistic and natural remedies.