AP­PLE CIDER VINE­GAR

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - Beauty -

Back in the day, peo­ple swore by ap­ple cider vine­gar (ACV) – and re­cently, it has come back in fash­ion. It is used for a range of things – from aid­ing weight loss to re­duc­ing choles­terol. Some even use it to im­prove symp­toms as­so­ci­ated with di­a­betes. Talk about a mir­a­cle liq­uid! This sour condi­ment is also high in amino acids and an­tiox­i­dants, and has been said to sta­bilise in­sulin lev­els and make your heart func­tion bet­ter. And it doesn’t end there: ACV, when ap­plied top­i­cally, is trusted by many to get rid of skin con­di­tions such as acne, warts, dan­druff and fun­gal in­fec­tions. A prod­uct that can dis­in­fect sur­faces, make you lose that spare tyre around your mid-sec­tion and ban­ish that re­cur­ring ath­lete’s foot, once and for all? It sounds too good to be true.

THE TRUTH: When deal­ing with ACV, it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that it is acidic. This means that it can burn the skin (if not di­luted be­fore ap­plied) and ir­ri­tate guts if taken in­cor­rectly or too fre­quently. The rec­om­mended dosage is no more than a ta­ble­spoon or two mixed with wa­ter daily.

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