15 Amazing Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar You Should Know

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
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Apple Cider Vinegar has long been given accolades for its potential health benefits. Did you know it has been cited as a diabetes prevention? Multiple studies have shown a correlation between apple cider vinegar and lower blood sugar levels.

Oh people, this is only just the beginning. The potential benefits of this amazing substance will blow your mind. The list could go on and on for pages, but here we will focus on the top 15 reasons you should be keeping a stock of this in your pantry at all times.

A little history –

The medicinal uses for vinegar were discovered over seven thousand years ago when unattended grape juice turned into wine, and then vinegar. It is stated that Hippocrates used vinegar to manage wounds, while medicinal practitioners in the 1700’s used it to treat* everything from poison ivy and croup to stomach aches. And again, it is mentioned that vinegar was even used to treat* diabetes.

So let’s talk about all these great health uses – remedies even:

1. Anti-Inflammatory

According to several sources, apple cider vinegar is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. It is stated that many people have reported remarkable relief, simply through the consumption of 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar each morning. There is not much research related to this particular benefit of apple cider vinegar however, it contains a variety of nutrients that help in its ability to do many things in the body that reduce* inflammation fairly quickly.

2. Acne

Acne

There are malic and lactic acids found in apple cider vinegar that are said to create long term benefits for acne. It makes a great toner that can leave skin looking healthier. Use it to soften and exfoliate skin, reduce* red spots and balance the pH of your skin.

3. Clears Sinuses

Sip some water and apple cider vinegar to breathe a little easier. Apple cider vinegar has many talents, one of them is breaking up mucus with antibacterial properties. Also good for a sinus infection or light cold.

4. Deodorant

Trying to be 100% organic but can’t figure out how to keep the underarms clean? Try applying a little apple cider vinegar under your arms. It is stated that you won’t be left smelling like vinegar once it dries. Even so, apple cider vinegar smells like apples!

5. Detox

Research shows that apple cider vinegar helps detoxify the liver and stimulate the cardiovascular system. One report boasts a 2008 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry that found that consuming acetic acid, the main ingredient in apple cider vinegar, leads to significant decline in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides after 12 weeks. Furthermore mentioning that due to it’s natural enzymes, apple cider vinegar helps your body get rid of candida – yeast that can overgrow and colonize in the gut, causing digestion issues that can wreak havoc on a healthy system.

6. Diabetes

There is something called the antiglycemic effect that apple cider vinegar plays in insulin sensitivity. In one study conducted at the Arizona State University by Doctors Carl S. Johnston and Andrea M. White, PhD, 11 people with type 2 diabetes were surveyed. The researchers apparently found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar right before bed lowered the blood sugar levels of these individuals by four to six percent by morning.

So many studies have been conducted… follow the works cited section to keep reading more on the amazing effects this sour potion on your diabetes symptoms.

7. Digestion

Speaking of detoxing, weight loss* and the like, you should know that apple cider vinegar carries pectin, which may help to soothe intestinal spasms. Also, a tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water daily is said to help prevent the symptoms of acid reflux. Another remedy is to sip some diluted apple cider vinegar (mixed in water or juice) to help settle an upset stomach. It has antibiotic properties and bacteria fighting powers!

8. Energy Booster

We’ll talk more in the end about a smoothie you can try to get your daily dose of apple cider vinegar. Keep in mind that the potassium and enzymes in apple cider vinegar help to give you a pick me up. Some folks add it to a glass of water during a workout to prevent fatigue. Finally, the amino acids in apple cider vinegar combat lactic acid build-up that can happen after exercise, which makes you tired.

9. Flea Remedy

This may not seem like an immediate health benefit to you, but take notice of your scratching dog or cat. It’s unhealthy for them and in the end it could be bad for your own health. Fleas carry lyme disease, not to mention the pesky bites that cause irritation to the skin and the psychological problems you’re dealing with watching your pet scratching all the time. Mix apple cider vinegar into your pet’s shampoo for a natural flea deterrent.

10. Heart Health

According to the Journal of Food Science, “Polyphenols such as chlorogenic acid, which is present in high levels in apple cider vinegar, could inhibit oxidation of LDLs and improve* health by preventing cardiovascular diseases.” In this reported from Mercola.com, one study showed that vinegar could lower cholesterol in laboratory rats, while another study on rats showed that their blood pressure could be lowered by the acetic acid in vinegar.

11. Hygiene

Use apple cider vinegar as a mouth-wash and gargle to help eliminate* objectionable mouth odor. It kills the bacteria that causes bad breath. Furthermore it is said to help whiten teeth. One doctor recommends rinsing with two parts water to one part apple cider vinegar, swishing for one minute to obtain a natural and organic way to a healthy, white smile.

12. Hair Health

Apple Vinegar for Hair Health

Mix ? cup apple cider vinegar into four cups water and rinse hair after shampooing to help remove* product buildup. Be sure to rinse with cold water. If you are having issues with dandruff, it is recommended to try this twice per week, spraying your scalp with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. Place a towel around your head and leave wrapped for an hour. Wash your hair as you normally would for a shiny, soft and sleek appearance.

13. Lowers Cholesterol

Research indicates that the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar lowers bad cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels in rats. This attributed to a 2006 study in Japan. Another study published in 2012 from Life Science Journal is said to have revealed that consumption of apple cider vinegar over an eight week period can significantly reduce* harmful blood lipids that contribute to high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in people who suffer from (hyperlipidemia) – too many fats in the blood.

14. Skin Irritations

According to Dr. Mercola at mercola.com, apple cider vinegar works for a variety of skin ailments, from bug bites to poison ivy to sunburn. He states that you can either apply it directly to the irritated area or try soaking in a bath with about one cup of apple cider vinegar added. Other reports boast an improvement in bruising of the skin with light application of the product. It is also said to work for a jellyfish sting. Instead of over the counter wart removers, try soaking a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and leave it covered overnight. Repeat daily until the wart falls off.

15. Sore Throat

Remember earlier it was mentioned that this special concoction of water and apple cider vinegar will help clear your sinuses… this all goes hand in hand. The bacteria fighting properties of apple cider vinegar work just about anywhere. One remedy suggests to gargle equal parts warm water and apple cider vinegar at the first sign of a sore throat to keep it at bay. Repeat every hour as needed.

Finally, as a rounded definition of what you can use Apple Cider Vinegar for relating to your health, take note that vinegar can help kill pathogens, including bacteria. It has been traditionally used for cleaning and disinfecting, treating nail fungus, lice and ear infections. Although this has not all been confirmed by research, remember our little history lesson on Hippocrates, the father of medicine, that was using it for wound cleaning over two thousand years ago.

So, keep some apple cider vinegar in your cabinet – try this smoothie once in a while to get your dose – It is recommended to consume about two tablespoons daily.

½ medium apple
½ ripe pear
1 medium cucumber
¾ chopped kale
½ lemon (seeds removed)
½ avocado
2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

Chop the apple, pear and cucumber. Add all the ingredients to a blender and pulse, adding water to thin as needed.

Nutrition Information –
173 calories
5 grams protein
1 gram fat (.45 saturated)
43 grams carbohydrates
25 grams sugars
8 grams fiber
27 milligrams sodium

Yumm Yumm!

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Expert Author : April Renee (Consumer Health Digest)

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