Through the ages Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been used for a wide range of ailments. 15 examples of those health benefits are shared below in this post.
Recognition of the healing gifts of ACV date back even beyond Ancient Rome and Greece to the Egyptians in 3000 BC. In fact, historical records show that apple juice has been fermented into vinegar since before 5000 BC!
Hippocrates, the ‘Father of Medicine’, also used apple cider vinegar to heal his patients back in 400 B.C., touting its cleansing, healing and energizing properties. Scientific research is now proving many of the benefits that have been celebrated by this liquid for thousands of years.
The benefits of apple cider vinegar come from its powerful healing compounds, which include acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes.
Acetic acid has the ability to kill dangerous “bad” bacteria and at the same time, foster the growth of beneficial “good” bacteria. Because acetic acid kills unwanted bacteria it comes into contact with, it essentially acts as a natural antibiotic.
Apple cider vinegar is also a good source of polyphenols known for their role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, cancers, osteoporosis, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Note: Use raw organic apple cider vinegar, not a processed generic one. If it has been distilled or pasteurized it will have killed the natural enzymes, minerals and nutrients, and if it is clear it means it has no ‘Mother’ (the ‘Mother’ is the strand-like substances in the bottom of the bottle).
Raw and unfiltered means that it does contain the Mother, which occurs naturally as connected chains of enzyme molecules, highly regarded for health. An organic cider vinegar also ensures there are no preservatives or pesticides.
If it appears murky and has cobweb-like strings in it, that’s a good thing! These are bits of live yeast and are actually alive, containing healthy bacteria that provides various health benefits.
15 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Lowers Cholesterol
A study published in the British Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that if you consume just one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in the morning, you’re naturally lowering your cholesterol because apple cider vinegar increases bile production and suppors the liver. (The liver and bile are very important for processing and creating cholesterol as well as breaking it down).
2. Lowers Blood Pressure
Apple cider vinegar has been shown to be an effective natural way to lower blood pressure. A study on rats revealed that acetic acid, the main component of the vinegar, significantly reduced both blood pressure and renin activity.
Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a liver and lymphatic tonic which can help detox your body, balance your body’s pH and stimulate bowel movement and lymphatic drainage.
4. Remedy for Acid Reflux and Heartburn
The main causes of acid reflux and heartburn are typically an imbalanced stomach pH and lack of enzymes and probiotics. Apple cider vinegar is full of all of these. Add 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and drink it five minutes before meals to relieve acid reflux.
5. Supports Gut Health
Apple cider vinegar’s acetic acid also supports digestion with its enzymes and probiotics, as well as fighting acid reflux.
6. Treats Candida (Yeast) and Boost Probiotics
Candida and yeast infections can have nasty side-effects, including exhuastion, UTI’s and digestive issues. ACV contains probiotics and naturally promotes the growth of probiotics which help kill off candida. Remove sugar and bread from your diet too (as both can feed candida) and consume 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar three times daily as part of a candida cleanse. (Grapefruit seed among other natural ingredients can also help with candida and fungal infections).
7. Regulates Your Body’s pH
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which whilst is acidic in nature actually has an alkaline effect on the body. Diseases and bacteria thrive in an acidic environment, so alkalizing the body alone can help to protect against many health problems and can reduce your risk of chronic illnesses such as cancer. Reducing acidic levels in your blood is one of the immediate healthy benefits of apple cider vinegar.
8. Reduces Blood Sugar Levels
Apple cider vinegar has been medically proven to reduce blood sugar and is very effective in the treatment of diabetes. In the medical journal Diabetes Care researchers found that 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in water before a meal decreased blood sugar levels by 6 percent.
Medical research has shown that the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar can balance blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity and insulin responses. Again, try 1 – 2 tbs in water before a meal for benefits.
9. Repels Fleas on Pets
Mix a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water together and rub into your pet in a bath or outdoors. Do this one time a day for a few weeks until flea infestation has gone.
10. Kills Fungus on Toes and Skin
The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds in apple cider vinegar make it a great natural remedy for skin and nail fungus. Simply rub on the area twice a day. (Natural coconut oil and oregano oil are also great for killing fungi).
11. Skin Toner for Eczema and Acne
The pH of apple cider vinegar makes it an excellent remedy for skin issues. Rub apple cider vinegar on the effected skin. You can also then apply coconut oil and essential oils for further healing.
12. Natural Deodorant
Bad bacteria is a major cause of bad smelling body odor. Simply applying some pure apple cider vinegar to your armpit can neutralize odors and naturally keep them at bay so you smell fresh all day.
13. Increases Metabolism & Helps with Weight Loss
Apple cider vinegar can increase your metabolism and support weight loss because of its acetic acid, which as shared earlier, has an alkaline effect on your body which has been proven medically to support weight loss.
14. Makes your Hair Shine
ACV can be used as a natural hair conditioner that makes your hair shine! Add 1 tablesppon of organic apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water to an old shampoo bottle and pour on your hair after shampooing three times per week.
15. Natural Disinfectant
ACV is known to have anti-fungal abilities and to kill harmful bacteria and pathogens, so traditionally people used it to clean their homes, bodies, and to fight fungus from forming.
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