The quote “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is known around the whole world, but what many people don’t know is that the same thing can be said for apple cider vinegar. We all know that some types of ACV are made from apples and have an amber color.
ACV has been used for many centuries past for various purposes – from killing weeds and making pickles and polishing armor in the past, to cleaning coffee makers and preparing fancy salads in the present. It’s one of the most popular ingredients that you can keep in your kitchen, and it offers numerous health benefits.
Apple cider vinegar is rich in minerals such as phosphorus, magnesium, copper, calcium and potassium as well as vitamins such as C, E, A, B1, B2, B6, bioflavonoids and pectin. And that is not all, ACV helps the body absorb essential mineral through the food you consume, thanks to its acetic acid content.
Down below we have prepared a list of the top 10 health benefits Apple Cider Vinegar provides. In order to reap all of these benefits, it is recommended to use unfiltered, raw and organic apple cider vinegar.
It Controls Blood Sugar
Your body by default produces insulin to manage your blood sugar levels. Thanks to the anti-glycemic effects of the ACV, your body improves its insulin sensitivity.
This has a huge positive impact on people who have insulin resistance. If you’re one of them, take a dose of ACV with every meal. Consume a teaspoon of acv with one glass of filtered water. Drink this mix three times a day to steady your digestion rate and your blood sugar levels will be under control.
It Whitens Teeth
Yellow teeth can be one extremely uncomfortable problem. However apple cider vinegar is perhaps the cheapest method you can use to whiten your teeth and restore their natural pearly shine. ACV is efficient in removing bacteria and stains from the mouth and gums.
Just gargle some apple cider vinegar every morning and brush your teeth afterwards. Eating apples helps greatly too.
It Treats Constipation
ACV contains a water-soluble compound by the name of pectin, which is known to promote bowel movements and is a great natural treatment for constipation.
Add 2 tbsp. of ACV to a glass of filtered water, and consume it 3 times a day. You can also add grape or apple juice to this mix for taste.
It Promotes Weight Loss
Weight loss can be promoted by regular consumption of unfiltered, raw apple cider vinegar since it is a good source of acetic acid.
According to research and studies, obese people that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks straight, have experienced significant weight loss in the abdominal area, waist circumference and triglycerides. The vinegar also prevents the buildup of fats.
It Nourishes the Hair
An ACV + water solution mixed in equal proportions makes an amazing hair conditioner that nourishes the hair and gives it soft and shiny texture.
Not only that, but it’s also very efficient in eliminating dandruff since it destroys the dandruff-causing fungus and restores the scalp’s natural pH balance.
To prepare this solution, mix 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water and let it sit on your head from 15 – 50 minutes, then rinse it off with warm water. Repeat this procedure twice a week.
It Gives Glowing Skin
Being an excellent astringent, apple cider vinegar can reduce wrinkles, tone your skin and treat blemishes. Just soak a cotton ball in diluted acv and tap it on your blemishes in order to dry them out and help them heal faster.
In order to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, soak a cotton ball in diluted acv and apply it on your affected areas It will plump up and tighten your skin.
If you want to use it as a toner, just mix ½ a cup of acv with a cup of water and apply it on your whole face. It will maintain and balance the pH levels in your skin and protect you from various types of skin diseases and infections.
It Prevents Leg Cramps
Night time can be very hard, especially for people who suffer from leg cramps. Well now you can finally sleep well and say goodbye to your leg cramps. Acv is rich in mineral content that reduces the intensity, pain and frequency of leg cramps, giving you a full night quality sleep.
When you’re experiencing leg cramps, sip some apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water and apply it on the affected area. The cramps will disappear in just a few minutes. You can also consume this mixture orally, mixed with a little honey and make sure you drink it slowly so your body has the time to process it.
It Treats Coughs and Colds
Apple cider vinegar is many people’s favorite go-to remedy for the coughs, sore throat and the overall common cold symptoms. Just mix 1 tsp. of honey and 1 tsp. of acv in a glass of warm water, and drink it. You can also add a bit of mashed ginger in the mixture in order to reap the full medicinal properties.
Drink a teaspoon of this mixture three times a day to relief a stuffy nose and coughing.
It Fights Infection
The antiseptic properties of apple cider vinegar make it extremely effective against fungal infections and bacteria. It is incredibly useful in treating bladder infections, ear infections as well as candidiasis.
If you have an ear infection, rinse your ear with water-diluted apple cider vinegar. If you have candidiasis or a bladder infection, drink a glass of warm water with a teaspoon of acv every night until you see a decrease in the symptoms.
It Lowers Blood Cholesterol
According to research, acv can improve the blood’s lipid profile through decreasing the triglycerides levels and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (also known as bad cholesterol), while increasing the levels of good cholesterol. This is highly important to prevent complications related to diabetes.
Believe it or not, writing this article and picking out these 10 uses for apple cider vinegar was extremely hard since there are literally hundreds of other uses that we haven’t discovered yet or that just haven’t made it into this article. To sum it all up, apple cider vinegar is a kitchen must-have, not only for culinary purposes, but for health purposes as well!