Over the centuries, apple cider vinegar has been utilised for many purposes: making pickles, killing weeds, cleaning coffee makers, polishing armour, and dressing salads. Apple cider vinegar is also one of the most popular “go-to” ingredient in your kitchen, offering many natural health benefits. A popular kitchen staple, apple cider vinegar (ACV) dates back to ancient times. It’s said to have been used by Hippocrates as a health tonic and by American soldiers to combat indigestion, pneumonia and scurvy.
Here are the top 13 health benefits of apple cider vinegar. For best results, use organic, raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
1. Treating an upset stomach :
Pectin is a water soluble fibroid that promotes bowl movements. ACV contains this fibre pectin,hence making it a great natural treatment for constipation.
You could Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink it thrice a day. You may also add apple or grape juice to the mix to make it more palatable.
2. Controls Blood Sugar:
Your body produces insulin to balance the level of sugar in your blood. The anti-hypoglycaemic effects of apple cider vinegar help to revamp insulin sensitivity.
People having insulin resistant system should have a dose of apple cider vinegar with each of their meals. Mixing one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with one glass of filtered water would be the perfect recipe for you.
Drinking this thrice a day will help steady your stomach’s digestion rate, thereafter increasing the time your body to process new sugars.
3. Nurturing your long locks:
A solution of apple cider vinegar and water, mixed in equal quantity, makes a sublime natural hair conditioner. It helps foster the hair, giving it a shiny and soft texture. It also acts as a home remedy for dandruff. Apple cider vinegar kills the fungus that causes dandruff and restores the pH balance of the scalp. For the treatment of dandruff, apply a 50/50 mixture of water and apple cider vinegar to the scalp, leave it on for 15 minutes to an hour and then rinse it out. Follow this remedy once or twice in a week for best results. Their is no chance of disappointment being faced.
4. Hydrate your skin for the ultimate outer body experience:
Apple cider vinegar helps in treating blemishes, reducing wrinkles and toning of the skin.
For blemishes: Soak a cotton pad in diluted apple cider vinegar and dab it on your blemishes to dry them out and help them heal.
To minimise wrinkles and fine lines : Soak a cotton pad in diluted apple cider vinegar and apply it to the areas you want to treat. It will help tighten and plump up your skin a bit.
To use as a toner: Mix half a cup of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and apply it all over your face. Regular use of this solution will help maintain the pH balance in your skin and prevent various types of skin infections.
It's also a very rightfully recommended agent for the treatments of warts.
For warts: Soak a cotton ball in ACV, then fasten the cotton ball over the wart with a Band-Aid overnight. The skin may swell some as it reacts with the solution. However, the wart will fall off. Once it falls off, the treatment should be continued for a few more days, to make sure the wart doesn't return.
5. Whitening of Teeth :
Embarrassed because you have yellow teeth? ACV is here for your rescue. Apple cider vinegar is a cheap and simple way to restore your teeth’s natural white sheen. Apple cider vinegar removes stains and kills bacteria in your mouth and gums.
6. Lose that extra fat in your body:
Apple cider vinegar is a good genesis of acetic acid. Consistent consumption of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar can also stimulate weight loss.Studies have found that obese people who consumed acetic acid daily for 12 weeks enjoyed a significant decrease in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference, and triglycerides.
7. Stifle a knock out to infections:
ACV’s antiseptic traits make it effective against bacterial and fungal infestations. It is useful in treating ear infections, bladder infections, candidiasis.
For an ear infection : Rinse the ear with diluted apple cider vinegar. For a bladder infection or candidiasis : Drink a glass of warm water and on teaspoons of apple cider vinegar every night until symptoms improve. Candida is also blamed for creating symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings and yeast infections and this vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of candida .
8. Counter those leg Cramps without hesitations :
A lot of you suffer from sore night time leg cramps. Apple cider vinegar’s rich mineral content assists in reducing the intensity of painful cramps. When cramping occurs, sip on some apple cider vinegar diluted in a glass of warm water.
Within a few minutes, the cramping will be gone .
9. ACV detoxification :
ACV is made from apple juice and is fermented to hard apple cider. It's then fermented a second time to become apple cider vinegar. By using ACV in lieu of other products, we instantly decrease the consumption of unnatural chemicals in our homes and daily lives.
10. Cleansing of the throat and lungs :
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most “instantly effective” medication for common cold, cough and sore throat. Mixing one teaspoon each of apple cider vinegar, honey and warm water with added mashed ginger further enhances its medicinal properties.
11. Most effective in repelling fleas on your beloved pets:
One part vinegar and one part water can be drizzled on your pets' fur and kneaded in profusely to the skin. Drench the entire coat and repeat it daily, for a few days to a week and any flea infestation will surely be gone.
12. Lowering of Blood Cholesterol:
Research shows that ACV helps in bettering your blood’s lipid profile by reducing the levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) or bad cholesterol, while increasing the level of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) or good cholesterol. This is essential to manage or aid complications resulting from diabetes.
13. Instant reduction of heat-burns :
Though it may seem like an oxymoron to treat stomach acid with an acid-containing vinegar, there are studies suggesting that ACV works by correcting low acid, hence reducing heartburn. Natural remedy experts say you should begin to feel relief very shortly after taking 1 teaspoon of ACV followed by a glass of water. Although ACV will not give relief if you have an ulcer.
Beeba M Singh