Saturday, February 28, 2015

Revolutionizing the Sweetener Industry!

Stevia 1931 Presentation

1. Revolutionizing the Sweetener Industry! Stevia is an all natural and zero calorie sweetener. Our business model provides exceptional commercial opportunities along with positive social impact! Join us in our journey today!
2. Exelenti incubates prosperity for all by making use of Venture Philanthropy & Impact Investing tools. We are a cooperation as well as a foundation. Stevia 1931 is our key Impact Investing project. Scroll along to discover more about this unique opportunity.
3. We Will Discuss: What is Stevia? (p. 4) Stevia Timeline (p. 6) Status and Trends Sweetener Market (p. 8-11) Why Agriculture and Why Ghana? (p. 12-14) Stevia’s Position Within the Sweetener Market? (p. 13-18) The Business: Stevia 1931 B.V. (p. 19-23) Understandings and Agreements (p. 24-25). Partners & Team (p. 26-28). Experimenting with Multiple Stevia Strains in Greenhouses in The Netherlands
4. What is Stevia? Stevioside and rebaudioside are the glycosides that give stevia its sweet taste. 100% natural. Also once refined through our unique processing methodology. Biological certification from EUSTAS pending. Calory and carbohydrate free! Safe and no known side effects with moderate use. Stable to heat. Resistant up to 198 degrees Celsius. Up to 300 times sweeter then sugar. No negative side effects. Studies show it may have health benefits. Ideal for food processing industry for several reasons, especially in the syrup formula we produce. Structural Formula Stevioside
5. Breeding Facilities in The Netherlands
6. Stevia Timeline Native to Paraguay & Brazil; consumed since 1600. In 1931 two scientist isolated the glycosides that give stevia its sweet taste: Stevioside and Rebaudioside. This remarkable discovery is what led us to name our venture Stevia 1931. Japan was the first (1970) developed and westernised economy to embrace stevia as a sweetener. Today Stevia has over 50% market share within the commercial sweetener market in Japan. In 2008 the U.S. FDA approved stevia as a food additive and dietary supplement. France followed suit in 2009, Hong Kong in 2010 and Europe in 2011.
7. Testing Our Strain in Various Conditions and Locations – Aljezur, Algarve, Portugal
8. Satisfying our Sweet Tooth In the 17th century refined sugar was a luxury item and consumption was limited. In the 19th century consumption sky-rocketed. WHO advices 25 grams of sugar p.p. per day. Current use is estimated at ± 140 grams of sugar p.p. per day. Excess sugar intake is linked to obesity, type II diabetes, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, tooth decay and other diseases. We are genetically programmed to crave sugar. The food industry knows this. Below an evolutionary time line:
9. Stakeholders & Developments The sugar lobby is switching from fighting stevia towards embracing it. Hybrid products etc. Government subsidies for sugar production are set to be abolished (EU 2017). Consumers demand healthier alternatives. Resiliant sugar lobby long resisted approval of stevia in Europe. No checks & balances in the market. Afters years of stonewalling, stevia is permitted as a food adative and dietary suplement as of Dec. 2011 (EU). The ‘market’ and players within the sweetener industry are now playing catch-up Farmers, the food industry/sweetener market, goverernment and trade all have interest in the sweetener market. Stevia is a potential sugar & artificial sweetener substitute. Many new product developements. * Full SWOT analysis available in business plan.
10. Trends Consumer along with the food processing industry are becoming increasingly health conscious: Obesity, diabetes etc. are threatening and affecting our quality of life. The food industry is looking for a natural alternative to artificial sweeteners and sugar. The soda industry is currently taking the lead. Consumer demand for healthy ageing. Economic Motivations: Medical cost associated with over consumption of sugar are becoming overwhelming and unaffordable. Around 50% of EU population is overweight (220 million). Government: Government policy making is increasingly focused on using legislation to reduce sugars in food. Consider for example the sugar tax in Norway, Denmark, Mexico & St Helena. Trends in Philanthropy: Shift from giving to providing the key to self-reliance. New concepts and tools such as Venture Philanthropy and Imapct Investment on the rise.
11. Sugar Consumption at a Crossroad Credit Suisse concluded in their report: ‘Sugar Consumption at a Crossroad’ that sugar reduction is imminent and an undeniable trend. The report states; “The most likely outcome over the next 5-10 years will be a significant reduction in sugar consumption and a marked increase in the role played by high- intensity natural sweeteners in foods and beverages.’ The report continues by stating that ‘30%–40% of healthcare expenditures in the USA go to help address issues that are closely tied to the excess consumption of sugar.’ 'Sugar is the new tobacco': Cuts to amounts hidden in food could halt obesity epidemic, claim doctors
12. Why Agriculture? Key weapon in fighting poverty in Africa. Growing population with sweet tooth in developing world. Healthy returns, reasonable risk. Increasing demand for stevia.
13. Ghana: The Perfect Place for Stevia Cultivtion Good climate for growing stevia. Africa set to host the densest meteorological network in the world. Options for sites of 4000ha plus in Upper East Ghana inlc. Bulenga, Busa, Katua, Loggu en Tanina. Active participation from government on several levels, such as the Ministry for Agriculture, the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services (PPRSD) and Ghana Food and Drugs Authority (GFDA). Politically stable and well functioning banking industry. In top 10 of African Human Development Index. GDP long term average at 8% per annum; agriculture 5%.
14. Surveyor Sourcing Land in Upper West Ghana
15. Stevia is Set to Conquer 25-40% Market Share Within the Sweetener Market in EU (Pop. 520MM) Governments are keen to reduce the large cost associated with sugar overconsumption such as obesity. Subsidies for sugar cultivation are being reduced/abolished throughout the EU. Policy making such as sugar tax is now being implemented in various countries. Consumer are becoming increasingly aware of the negative effects of sugar over consumption. Consumers increasingly suspicious towards artificial sweeteners. Economic motivations for food industry. Stevia already makes more economical sense then sugar. Global Market Stevia: 2008: 20 million USD. 2010: 800 million USD. Global Sweetener market: 2012: 64 Billion USD. Estimated market share stevia 2020: Between 11 and 17 billion USD.
16. Goals Develop upon our hybrid stevia strain with optimal charactaristics. Develop from small scale farming to larger scale farming allowing for economies of scale and opportunity for further R&D. Entirely remove bitter taste through cultivation, not by masking (85% ready). Commercialise clean extraction and refinery technologies which make use of ultrasound, nano technology etc.
17. Stevia Value Chain Per Ha We exclusively focus on the B2B market meaning that our end product consist of a colourless syrup, preferred by the food industry. Figures on the value chain: Farming Extraction Food Industry • Optimal Strain • Advanced Farming Techniques • High Yields • Sustainable and Biological • Consistent Quality • Advanced Extraction Method • Retains Healthy Characteristics • Limited Waste and Biological • High and Increasing Demand • Strategic Alliance With Sugar Union/Distribution Channel
18. Our Mission! 1) To build a sustainable and profitable business model around stevia including seed development, cultivation, extraction, refinement and delivery of the end product to the B2B market. One step ahead, at every step! 2) To reduce, in a structured manner, diseases related to over consumption of sugar in Western societies primarily focusing on Europe. 3) Fight poverty in underdeveloped regions primarily through agriculture and knowledge exchange. The combination of the above allows for the perfect impact investment, where we create tangible financial and social impact. In order to increase our impact we make sure we are the forefront of innovation changes in the stevia market, make sure we are scalable, assure we are sustainable and maintain steady growth and development. Innovating at every step. We innovate at every opportunity. This ranges from kickstarting our plantation with one of the best stevia strains, developing a hybrid seed, and by using a unique refinery process.
19. Macro Economics At all stages we ensure: Positive social impact by improving quality of life in both Europe and Africa. Our impact will be measured by our Exelenti Foundation (registered user IRIS) using IRIS metrics, an initiative from the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). The (macro) economic ROI principle. ROI after year 3 > 10%.
20. Join us in our journey! We are looking to secure 5.5MM EUR in venture capital in return for an equity stake to take our venture to phase two. Thereafter we want to expand through other forms of finance. One party has agreed (subject to) to finance 2.5MM EUR (equity based) which is set to close in January 2015. Securities/Risk. You will directly participate in the Stevia 1931 Holding. The holding holds our initial R&D and will benefit from the entire production and value chain of Stevia 1931. Exit. Considering the potential and the long term perspective we don’t expect that any initial investors would like to make an early exit. We do have various exit scenarios though. Shareholders. Total equity stake of 40% available for venture capitalist, 9% Exelenti Foundation, 51% is for Exelenti Holding B.V. (incubator impact investing). Expected ROI Per Annum. Internal rate of interest calculated until 2025. Positive scenario 36.9%, neutral 19.7%, negative scenario 7.3 %. *Full Financial Plan Available
21. Investment Project Scheme May 2014 - May 2015 (Phase 1) • Development Business Case. • Mobilise Expert partners incl. Wageningen University, Olij Rozen, Celie Plant. • Stevia strain Experiments • Surveying Land and establishing Local Partners Ghana. • Financial structure. • Subsidy submissions. • Feasibility study. • Legislation and formalisation. • Project team & training. May 2015 – May 2016 (Phase 2) January 2016 and beyond (Phase 3) • Expand stevia breeding facilities. • Set up Greenhouse/Nursery for propagation. • Prepping the land for initial agricultural use. • Securing resources such as water and electricity. • Acquire essential machinery. • Start planting the first 200 ha. • Expand with 200 ha per year. • Set-up of extraction/refinery activities. • Various scale up activities. € 600.000 € 3.000.000 € 2.500.000
22. Structure Results Results Results Expertise Center ► Breeding & propagation from current strains. ► Test fields. ► Seed development. ► Know-how ► Development unique extraction techqique Capital Plantations ► Upper West Ghana ► Southern Europe ► Ownership/Cooperation ► Other Collaborations Processing ► At farm site. ► Cooperative with local producers. Stevia 1931 Holding B.V. (Sales, Finance, Legal, IT) Input Land Local capital facilitators. Finance/buyer plants Finance guaranteed sale Finance guaranteed sale Harvest Know How Plant Material Input/Know -how
23. Milestones Stevia Strain: Agreement with prominent professor at leading Brazilian university to make use of and develop upon his patented 3rd generation stevia strains. The characteristics of this strain rank amongst the top of the world. Land positions: Solid long term land positions at excellent conditions for prepped agricultural sites of 4000 ha+ in Upper West Ghana. Extraction: Fully exclusive strategic alliance with unique and patented ‘mild’ extraction process technology. EUSTAS biological certification pending. Marketing and Sales: Dutch Sugar giant ‘Suiker Unie’ intends to foster a strategic sales alliance with Stevia 1931. We will benefit from their extensive distribution network to market our stevia end product to the food processing industry. Talks with other parties, such as Latin American food ingredient distributor in progress. Government: Full cooperation of Ghanaian officials and governmental oganisations such as Plant Protection and Regulatory Services (PPRSD) and Ghana Food and Drugs Authority (GFDA).
24. Sample from new mild and patented extraction technique
25. Partners Strategic partnerships are essential for our success. We work closely with and alongside various partners including:
26. Team Stevia 1931 is driven by entrepreneurial and forward thinking professionals with a clear vision and passion to execute. Some of the key team members include: Karel J.A.M. Want Hotel School & Life long Entrepreneur Birds Eye, Inspirator & Coordinator. Piet J.M. Poos RA Accounting, RE EDP Auditing Finance & Risk, Investor Relations Ike Mbamali BA (Hons) Classics Organisation & coordination Ghana Rogier H.C.M. Want BA (Hons) PPE (Open) Operations & Communications Jan Pieter Schretlen MScBA Marketing & Sales Erwin Hoogendijk MSc Plant Sciences Agronomics
27. Want to know more? Upon request we have: A business plan A financial plan A project plan Contact Rogier Want +31 6 340 391 04 for more details. Visit our website and connect with us: http//

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Diabetes Mellitus

Apakah itu diabetes?
Diabetes adalah salah satu penyakit kronik di mana ianya merupakan masalah yang besar di kebanyakan negara-negara di dunia. Di Malaysia satu kajian telah dilakukan pada tahun 2011 di mana di anggarkan lebih dari 3 juta rakyat Malaysia menghidapi diabetes.
Diabetes adalah satu keadaan di mana tahap gula di dalam darah anda adalah tinggi dari normal. Ia adalah satu daripada faktor utama untuk mendapat sakit jantung atau angin ahmar.
Diabetes berlaku apabila pankreas dalam badan tidak lagi menghasilkan insulin atau badan tidak boleh menggunakan insulin sendiri dengan berkesan. Makanan yang kita makan akan bertukar kepada gula dalam badan kita. Insulin akan digunakan untuk membawa gula dalam saluran darah kedalam sel dan tisu, di mana ia akan digunakan untuk membekalkan tenaga.
Apabila kekurangan insulin, gula tidak boleh dibawa ke dalam sel dan tisu, maka paras gula dalam badan akan meningkat.
Ini akan merosakkan sel yang memerlukan glukosa untuk tenaga dan juga ini akan merosakkan organ dan tisu yang didedahkan kepada tahap glukosa yang tinggi.
Dua jenis diabetes
Terdapat dua jenis diabetes utama:
  • Jenis 1 - "Diabetes atau Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus" (bergantung pada Insulin)
    • Biasanya berlaku pada kanak-kanak dan remaja
    • Biasanya tidak dapat menghasilkan insulin
  • Jenis 2 - "Diabetes atau Non-Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus" (tidak bergantung pada insulin)
    • Jenis paling biasa ditemui dan lebih daripada 90% penghidap diabetes adalah penghidap jenis ini.
    • Selalunya pada orang yang berumur dan berat badan berlebihan.
Bagaimanapun, terdapat satu lagi jenis kumpulan individu yang berada di sempadan tahap gula yang tinggi, yang dikenali sebagai Impaired Glucose Tolerance atau kumpulan IGT.
Apakah tanda-tanda amaran diabetes?
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Penyakit diabetes sering berlaku secara senyap, terutamanya pada peringkat awal. Walau bagaimanapun, gejala yang biasa dialami ialah:
  • Haus/dahaga (haus yang berlebihan)
  • Letih
  • Berat badan menurun
  • Penglihatan kabur
  • Otot lemah
  • Gatal
Lain-lain gejala termasuk:
  • Pengidap penyakit kulit yang berpanjangan
  • Luka yang lambat sembuh
  • Kencing yang kerap
  • Gatal pada bahagian kemaluan
  • Rasa kebas
Jangan bergantung kepada gejala untuk mengetahui anda adalah penghidap diabetes. Jalankan ujian di klinik kesihatan berdekatan.
Siapakah yang mempunyai risiko tinggi untuk mendapat diabetes?
Sesiapa saja tidak kira umur boleh menghidapi diabetes. Walau bagaimanapun anda mempunyai risiko yang tinggi untuk menghidapi diabetes jika mempunyai perkara berikut:
  • Berumur 35 tahun atau lebih tua. Semakin tua semakin tinggi risiko anda untuk menghidapi diabetes
  • Berat badan berlebihan atau obesiti.Semakin berat badan anda bertambah, semakin tinggi risiko anda menghidap diabetes.
  • Impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).
  • Latar belakang keluarga yang mempunyai diabetes
  • Sejarah diabetes pada kehamilan terakhir.
  • Sejarah mempunyai bayi yang besar (berat kelahiran adalah 4.0 kg atau lebih ).
  • Tekanan darah tinggi
  • Tidak aktif -gaya hidup sedentari
  • Faktor pemakanan -Pengambilan makanan berlemak tinggi dan kurang pengambilan makanan berserat
  • Tahap lemak/ kolesterol yang tinggi .
Jika anda fikir anda mempunyai risiko tinggi untuk menghidapi diabetes, hubungi klinik kesihatan berdekatan.
Komplikasi diabetes
Diabetes adalah masalah kronik dan boleh mengganggu banyak organ bergantung kepada kawalan gula dalam darah. Tanpa pengurusan yang betul ianya boleh mendatangkan berbagai komplikasi seperti penyakit kardiovaskular, kegagalan buah pinggang, buta dan kerosakan saraf.
Keadaan kecemasan:
  • Hipoglisemia ialah apabila tahap gula dalam darah adalah rendah. Anda akan mengalami sakit kepala, rasa pening, pusing, ketar tangan dan berpeluh. Anda boleh pengsan atau di serang sawan jika kandungan gula anda adalah terlalu rendah
  • Diabetes Ketoacidosis adalah keadaan serius apabila tahap gula terlalu tinggi. (Ini biasanya bermaksud anda benar-benar kekurangan insulin). Ia juga boleh di hasilkan oleh tekanan, jangkitan kuman, kecederaan, penggunaan ubatan atau kemasukan wad bagi angin ahmar atau sakit jantung. Anda akan mengalami mengantuk dan tidak sedar diri.
  • Hiperglisemia adalah apabila tahap gula dalam darah tinggi. Anda akan mengalami mengantuk dan tidak sedar diri
Kandungan gula dalam darah tinggi yang berpanjangan ( Kronik)
  • Ini menyebabkan kerosakan jangka panjang:
    • Mata
      • Katarak, pendarahan dalam mata dan menyebabkan buta
    • Saraf
      • Kebas atau kehilangan deria rasa pada tangan dan kaki dimana pesakit boleh mendapat kecederaan tanpa disedari. Ini boleh menyebabkan luka pada kaki dan gangrene. Sekiranya melarat, mungkin perlu menjalankan pembedahan amputasi untuk mengelakkan jangkitan daripada merebak ke seluruh badan.
    • Otak
      • Angin ahmar
    • Buah pinggang
      • Kegagalan buah pinggang
    • Jantung
      • Sakit jantung
Berita baik adalah jika anda dapat mengawal diabetes dengan baik, ini akan membantu mengelakkan atau melambatkan komplikasi
Apakah yang sepatutnya saya lakukan untuk mengelakkan dari mendapat diabetes?
Kawalan diabetes yang baik adalah anda boleh mengawal tahap gula dalam darah menghampiri tahap normal. Ini boleh di capai dengan kaedah berikut:
  • Mengawal pengambilan makanan
    • Mengambil makanan seimbang kerana pengambilan makanan berlebihan akan meninggikan tahap gula dalam darah
  • Melakukan senaman fizikal
    • Senaman dapat mengurangkan kandungan gula dalam darah dan membantu insulin bekerja dengan lebih berkesan. Senaman juga dapat membantu anda mengurangkan berat badan.
  • Ubatan
    • Jika anda pengidap diabetes jenis 1, anda memerlukan suntikan insulin
    • Jika anda pengidap diabetes jenis 2, anda mungkin hanya memerlukan pengambilan ubat hipoglisemia untuk menurunkan tahap gula dalam darah dan sesetengah mungkin memerlukan suntikan insulin.
Walaupun anda menghidap diabetes, anda masih boleh menjalani kehidupan normal dan aktif.
Anda boleh menjaga diri anda sendiri
  • Penjagaan secara umum:
    • Penjagaan kulit
      • Mandi setiap hari
      • Keringkan semua bahagian badan dengan sempurna
      • Merawat luka dan calar dengan segera
      • Berjumpa doktor jika luka tidak sembuh selepas 2 - 3 hari.
    • Penjagaan kaki
      • Basuh kaki setiap hari
      • Keringkan semua bahagian kaki dengan sempurna terutama antara celah-celah jari kaki
      • Periksa kaki anda setiap hari untuk luka, calar, melecur atau apa-apa perubahan warna kulit.
      • Potong kuku jari kaki secara lurus
      • Tukar stokin anda setiap hari
      • Jangan berjalan tanpa kasut di luar rumah
      • Selalu pakai kasut yang lembut dan sesuai diguna luar rumah.
  • Mengawasi diri sendiri
    • Anda digalakkan untuk melakukan pengawasan glukosa dalam darah. sendiri. Kerap memeriksa tahap glukosa dalam darah boleh memberitahu keberkesanan cara anda mengawal diabetes
  • Penjagaan gigi
  • Kerap menjalani pemeriksaan mata
  • Mengelakkan minuman keras
  • Berhenti merokok
Apakah yang patut saya lakukan untuk mengelakkan dari mendapat penyakit diabetes?
Diabetes boleh dicegah dengan mengamalkan gaya hidup sihat:
  • Makan makanan berkhasiat dan kalori terkawal dapat membantu mengawal tahap gula dalam darah, mengekalkan berat badan, mengawal paras kolesterol, mengurangkan tekanan darah tinggi dan mencegah penyakit jantung.
  • Senaman dapat memperbaiki kecergasan, membakar kalori dan oleh itu dapat mengurangkan lemak dalam badan dan mengawal berat badan anda. Senaman merendahkan kadar gula dalam darah dan membantu tubuh anda untuk menggunakan gula dalam darah dengan baik.
  • Kajian menunjukkan obesiti mempunyai hubungkait dengan diabetes. Kekalkan berat badan yang unggul
Kumpulan sokongan
  • Persatuan Diabetes Malaysia (PDM)
  • National Diabetes Institute (NADI)
  • National Kidney Foundation (NKF)
  • EMKAY (Yayasan EMKAY)
Semakan Akhir:28 April 2008
Penulis:Dr. Fatanah Ismail
Penyemak:Dr. Sunita a/p Bavanandan

Monday, February 23, 2015

2.6 juta pengidap diabetes di Malaysia

November 16, 2014

Menurut Kajian Persatuan Diabetes Malaysia dan Majlis Pencegahan Obesiti tahun lalu mendapati jumlah penghidap kencing manis membabitkan individu berumur 30 tahun ke atas

Ujian Diabetes

KUALA LUMPUR: Timbalan Menteri Kesihatan Malaysia Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya berkata sebanyak 2.6 juta rakyat negara ini menghidap diabetes pada tahun ini.

Lapor Bernama, kata Dr Hilmi masyarakat negara ini perlu memandang serius masalah ini supaya dapat mencegahnya lebih awal kerana kos untuk merawat penyakit tersebut amatlah tinggi.

Beliau berkata demikian kepada pemberita pada sidang media sempena Hari Diabetes Sedunia 2014.

Menurut Kajian Persatuan Diabetes Malaysia dan Majlis Pencegahan Obesiti tahun lalu mendapati jumlah penghidap kencing manis membabitkan individu berumur 30 tahun ke atas.

Malaysia kemungkinan besar memiliki penghidap diabetes paling tinggi di Asia Tenggara dalam tempoh empat tahun apabila 3.6 juta rakyatnya menghidap penyakit kronik itu.

Hakikatnya statistik yang begitu merisaukan ini meletakkan Malaysia di tangga ke-10 di dunia dengan jumlah penghidap kencing manis teramai mengikut Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO).

Tambahan pula mengikut Presiden Majlis Pencegahan Obesiti, Jong Koi Chong, Malaysia akan menjadi negara pertama di Asia Tenggara dengan pesakit kencing manis teramai pada 2017 dengan kedudukan keenam di Asia Pasifik dari segi obesiti.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Tanda atau Gejala Kencing Manis / diabetes

Antara gejala atau tanda-tanda orang yang menghidap penyakit kencing manis ialah:

  • Penglihatan kabur
  • Luka atau lenguh-lenguh yang lambat untuk sembuh
  • Gatal-gatal pada kulit dan jangkitan "yeast"
  • Merasa dahaga yang lebih
  • Mulut kering
  • Perlu kencing kerap
  • Sakit pada kaki

Jika terdapat tanda-tanda seperti ini, eloklah segera berjumpa dengan doktor untuk pemeriksaan lanjut.

Kandungan dalam Stevia:

Kalori - 0 kcal
Karbohidrat - 0 gram
Protein - 0 gram
Lemak - 0 gram


Friday, February 20, 2015

Four Natural Cancer Treatments

Chris Osborn Just remember - cancer is curable - just don't go to your Dr for help! Most of the western trained Dr's are given on average about 1- 3 hours lecturing on nutrition in the 5-7 years at Medical school. The rest is all about pharmaceutical medicine and surgery, which never addresses the cause of problems, just the symptoms of the problems and makes their bosses very rich and the common people very poor and sick!

Is he using the cannabis oil and eating it - if hes smoking it, its no good, although a vapouriser is much better than smoking it! I have been curing my own skin cancers for three years now. There are about 9 people at my work using black salve to cure their skin cancers!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Skin Tags

How to Remove Skin Tags and Warts Naturally and Cheaply at Home

If you have skin tags, especially larger ones, you probably know how annoying it can be when they are rubbed with clothing, jewelry or when shaving. Although they don’t require treatment, they can still cause irritation or discomfort, and might be not very aesthetically pleasing. Apparently skin tags are common, and according to the NIH (National Institutes of Health) USA, approximately 46% of people have skin tags.

You can go to a dermatologist that can cut off the skin tag, tie it off, burn it or freeze it. What I’m going to talk about today is how to remove skin tags and warts at home using apple cider vinegar (ACV).

An important note is that before you attempt to remove skin growth at home, you need to know that you are removing skin tags – which is a benign condition – and not a mole or any other lesion that can be malignant. Therefore what you are trying to remove should have been previously diagnosed by a health professional as a harmless skin tag.

What Are Skin Tags?

Having skin tags is a benign condition known also by the name acrochordon, and generally occur after mid-life. A skin tag looks like a small piece of soft hanging skin that may hang from a stalk. Skin tags can appear on any part of the body, but are more common in body folds where skin rubs against skin, such as armpits, groin, under the breast, eyelids and neck.

There are several factors that increase the likelihood of having skin tags. Genetics is one of them, while other factors include obesity and people who suffer from diabetes. Also skin tags are more common among pregnant women due to hormonal changes.

How to Use ACV to Remove Skin Tags

ACV has many uses as a home remedy and I’ve mentioned several of them in my previous article 10 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar for Great Health and At Home. One of its uses is the removal of skin tags due to its high acidity. Don’t use ACV to remove skin tags around the eyelids, as it can harm the eyes.

Wash the area around the skin tag using water and a mild soap and then dry it. Dip a small piece of a cotton ball in ACV and squeeze out the excess ACV. Place the cotton ball with the ACV on the skin tag holding it with a bandage and leave in place for up to 15 minutes. Do it 3 times a day for several days or even a week or more if needed until the skin darkens, dries and falls off.
How to Use ACV to Remove Warts

A similar way is used to remove warts. Warts are caused by viruses, especially HPV type (human papilloma virus) that causes an infection. The virus causes the top layer of the skin to grow too fast, and the result is a small solid growth with a rough surface that typically appears on the hands or feet. Warts are more likely to develop on broken skin, as the virus can enter the top layer of the skin through scratches or cuts. If you are not sure and wonder whether it may be something else, go and see your doctor to have it checked.

The virus that causes warts can be passed on by skin-to-skin contact or through contact with towels or shoes, and can be spread to other body parts. This is why it is best to treat warts as soon as they appear.

You can use over-the-counter products to treat warts, or visit a dermatologist that can perform wart treatment and removal techniques that are stronger and usually faster than the commercially available products. But you can also easily and safely use ACV.

How to Use ACV to Remove Warts

Gently clean the wart and the area around the wart. Take a small cotton ball that will cover the wart, and soak it in ACV. Secure with a band aid overnight. Change the cotton ball daily and keep it on every night. After one week, the wart will start to peel off until it is completely removed. You may want to continue this treatment for another few days after the wart has been removed just to make sure it doesn’t return.