Apple Cider Vinegar – 23 Research Backed Benefits

Apple Cider Vinegar is widely known around the whole world. Not only is it famous for being an incredible addition to many healthy recipes and dishes, but it is famous for providing a large variety of health benefits as well as house-uses and tips.

It is incredibly cheap and efficient multi-purpose cleaner. You can add it to water, salad dressings, tea and you’ll be surprised of the health benefits it will provide you with.

Why Is ACV so Famous?

The word “vinegar” derives from the French words “vin aigre” which translates to “sour wine”. The medicinal properties of vinegar were discovered as far back as 5000 BC in Babylonia.

Throughout history, vinegar was used for multi-purpose treatments for aliments such as stomach ache, diabetes, dropsy, scurvy, disinfection, as well as immune boost and strength.

It is known that Hippocrates used vinegar for treating everything from fractures to ulcers. ACV is rich in minerals, vitamins, amino acids and enzymes which help with digestion.

  1. Cleaning

Combine ACV with 2 parts water and you’ve got yourself an incredibly effective natural disinfectant solution for all sorts of surfaces.

  1. Hair rinse

A mixture of ACV, shampoo and baking soda will do wonders as a hair conditioner. Instead of buying expensive conditioners, prepare yourself a natural alternative mixture which will repair your hair and make it silky soft and shiny thanks to the pH balancing effects of ACV.

  1. Dandruff and Thinning Hair

The powerful enzymes and high acidity found in ACV efficiently eliminates the bacteria that are responsible for hair loss and dandruff. It even stimulates the natural hair oils for better moisturizing our scalps.

Simply, saturate your scalp with ACV and let it sit for 2-3 ours. Use the same treatment for itchy scalp and for thinning your hair.

  1. Pets

ACV can be an excellent flea-repel for dogs, cats and other furry animals. Your pets won’t get sick if they lick it, so don’t worry.

It will also maintain a healthy pH level in their gut which will enhance the health of your pet while prevent allergies, deter ringworms, parasites, fungus, ticks and other microbes.

2 tablespoons a day with food are recommended for a 50lb dog. You can also use it externally by mixing 50:50 with water and putting it into a spray bottle. Saturate the dogs once a day.

  1. Skin Toner

Skin care products are usually on the alkaline side of the pH scale. But even so, some people still can’t get a product that will fix their skin problem, and nothing seems to work for them. To those people, we recommend ACV since its acidity is closer to the natural pH of our skin, which keeps the acid mantle intact to do its job, unlike the commercial products.

To prepare an ACV toner, simply combine ACV and water in 1:3 ratio. If you have a sensitive skin, add a bit more water.  Apply the mixture on your face after cleansing, and let your skin absorb it.

  1. Detoxifying

Toxins are everywhere around us, which makes it really hard to stay away from them and live a completely healthy life with a completely toxin-free body. This is why we must regularly perform detoxification procedures.

This is where ACV comes in to bind to toxin and help us flush them out more effectively.

Add a cup of ACV along with Epsom salts to a hot bath, and this will jump-start your lymphatic system into releasing toxins.

  1. Allergies and Congestion

If you’re suffering from seasonal allergies both environmental and/or pet related, ACV can help break mucous and lessen the wheezy-sneezy uncomfortable symptoms.

  1. Candida

If you’ve never heard of Candida, then you’re a lucky person. It is a parasitic bacteria which causes yeast overgrowth that leads to poor digestion, yeast infections, canker sores, and low energy.

The candida overgrowth can occur when a person has a poor diet high in refined sugars and carbohydrates.

However, ACV is a quite effective tool for anyone who is trying to treat this condition. ACV promotes better digestion, alkaline balance and stimulates healthy bacteria to thrive in the gut. You can also use vinegar to treat foot fungus or molds.

  1. Reduces Heart Burn and Acid Reflux

Heart burn is a common condition which causes the patient to basically, feel a burning sensation in the heart. This can result from an unhealthy lifestyle including lack of exercise and poor diet.

Taking 1 tablespoon of raw organic Apple Cider Vinegar along with each daily meal will ensure that your stomach acid (which is essential for proper heart function) will be acidic enough to properly function and kill off harmful microbes that might cause inflammation.

  1. Effective in Treating High Cholesterol

Although there is currently no study about the effects ACV has on high cholesterol, a study from 2006 has shown that rats which were fed with ACV for 19 days had drastic reduction in their total triglyceride and cholesterol levels.

  1. Antiglycemic Effect

A large number of studies have been conducted on the effect vinegar has on insulin response and blood glucose after every meal.

As we know, insulin that enters our body converts leftover glucose into fatty acids which are stored in the form of fat cells as an energy source. It is a fact that our body craves sugar, and much of it is found in what we buy from grocery stores.

In time, this results in developing an insulin resistance which means that your bod has secreted so much insulin that our body starts to ignore it and the sugar stays in the blood stream. This is a bad thing since it results in diabetes and other permanent health damages.

Vinegar is also efficient at suppressing appetite.

  1. Preventative

Cancer is at the top of the list of deadliest and most devastating diseases. There is no specific cure for cancer yet, however researchers are working day and night further develop the conventional treatments.

Apple Cider Vinegar has been found to be an excellent preventative for this disease. By simply incorporating ACV in your daily dishes, your chances of developing this deadly disease are significantly lowered. Also, the good thing about ACV is that it doesn’t have any harmful side effects and unwanted after-effects like the conventional cancer treatments (chemotherapy and surgery).

  1. Improves Digestion

Raw ACV is an incredible digestive tonic since it is rich in living enzymes that break down food and make it easy to assimilate.

It also helps mineral absorptions and helps us get the most we can out of the foods we eat.

  1. Prevents Muscle Fatigue After Exercise

Muscle fatigue is a common symptom usually resulting from depletion of electrolyte and minerals. To avoid this condition, simply consume a tablespoon of ACV before your workout.

  1. Bad Breath

Bad breath can be very uncomfortable and embarrassing. It is usually a sign of bad oral health or even a deeper problem. Gargle ½ tablespoon of raw ACV diluted in water for 30 seconds, two times a day. It will also remove stains and whiten your teeth. However this doesn’t fully replace brushing teeth.

  1. Body Odor

As we already know, because of its ability to maintain pH, ACV helps control body odor by regulating the skin’s pH levels. Simply wipe each armpit with soaked cotton ball every day, and it will fully replace deodorant.

For eliminating foot odor and fungal problems, soak your feet in ACV 10 minutes every week.

  1. Preserving Food

Vinegars were used as natural preservative agents as far back as 5000 BC. Instead of making pickles with white vinegar – make them with ACV! It will make the pickles taste better and pack them with health benefits.

  1. Weight Loss

ACV regulates blood sugar levels, but it also kicks excess calories out of the body. A study observed a few individuals who consumed 15 mL – 30 mL of vinegar every day for 12 weeks and has shown that the reduction in body fat was incredible and not achievable by any other weight-pill or diet.

  1. Prevents Bladder stones and UTI

Although kidney stones are extremely painful – they’re totally preventable. ACV alkalizes our urine and decreases the risk of kidney stones.

  1. Balanced pH

As we mentioned above, ACV and lemon water are incredibly alkaline forming.

  1. Potassium

Aside from the healthy components we mentioned above, ACV is packed with potassium which has been shown by numerous studies to not only improve and stimulate proper body nutrition and cleansing, but drastically prolonging the lifespan as well (according to a study where ACV was given to chicken embryo daily).

  1. Corns, Callouses and Warts

ACV can be used for treating chronic foot ailments thanks to its ability to correct the pH of the feet and make it nearly impossible for warts and fungus to nest themselves within the skin.

  1. Poison Ivy and Poison Oak

ACV soothes the irritation caused by these poisonous plants. Simply combine it 50:50 water in a spray bottle, add a few ice cubes and simply spray on the affect areas to draw toxins out of the skin.

Conclusion

One apple a day may keep the doctor away, but consuming vinegar alongside that apple will definitely cause the doctor to run away.

ACV definitely has strong potential in treating high cholesterol, diabetes and even prevents cancer. It is an amazing ingredient which everyone should incorporate into their daily diet.

Source and References:

yourhealthypage.org

healthyfoodandhomeremedies.com

healthyfoodhouse.com

naturalcuresandhomeremedies.com

md-health.com

cambridge.org

 

 

 

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