Apple Cider Vinegar has a plenty of valuable and restorative properties. There have been assets composed on all the astonishing advantages that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has regarding different physical diseases and additionally cleaning and DIY purposes.
ACV is a successful and not an expensive multi-purpose cleaner, you can add it to your water, tea and salad for an invigorating punch and benefit from the various medical zing you’ll be accepting.
Chinese also use it to treat different diseases since 1,200 BC. ACV has the power to speed up the weight loss process, control diabetes, and better one’s cardiovascular health. First, let’s take a look at the scientifically backed benefits:
– Increases the body’s absorption of minerals
Take note that acetic acid is not vinegar, it is a bacteria found in vinegar that is a byproduct of the fermentation process and as you go along this article, you’ll find out that this bacteria is responsible for the other benefits below.
During the fermentation process, the acetic acid bacteria grows inside the liquid and as the fermentation process goes along it slowly grows to become a nontoxic slime that looks like this.
People call it the “mother”. For me it looks like tiny bits of worms floating around the liquid. There are vinegar manufacturers that remove the “mother” using a filtration process but if you’re thinking of consuming this or adding it to a juice recipe, avoid using distilled vinegar but opt for the raw, unfiltered variety that contains the mother.
– Anti-cancer properties
According to research, vinegar has the power to shrink and destroy some cancer types. Most of the tests were done with lab animals so it is not yet clear whether the same will happen with humans. One research with people was done in China and it has been found that consumption of vinegar and veggies lowers the risk of esophageal cancer.
Contemporary research showed that vinegar has the power to destroy some types of bacteria like E. coli and S. aureus. ACV is also safe for use as a washing product and a natural food preservative.
– Reduces bad cholesterol and prevents heart diseases
One of the biggest risk factors of having high cholesterol is it can lead to various heart ailments. Once bad cholesterol clogs the arteries, there is a huge risk of cardiac arrest.
Apple cider vinegar can help lower because it contains chlorogenic acids that help lower LDL or bad cholesterol, preventing it from accumulating and crystalizing in the bloodstream. Take note that the research done was only done to rats which may or may not translate to same results on humans.
One study done on over 70,000 women showed that an increased intake of oil and vinegar salad dressing reduced the risk of ischemic heart disease.
– Prevents the occurrence of diabetes and lowers postprandial glycemia
For those who don’t know postprandial glycemia simply refers to the elevated blood sugar levels that occur after a meal – this is a big factor why pre-diabetics progress to type 2 diabetics.
The term pre diabetes means that an individual has elevated blood glucose levels but not high enough to be considered as type-2 diabetes. If left undiagnosed it can lead to type 2 diabetes in 10 years or less.
Researchers from Arizona University found out that drinking vinegar juice that included 20 grams of apple cider vinegar, 49 grams of water and 1 teaspoon of saccharine after a meal (bagel and orange juice) resulted in a 35% decrease.
Another way to lower down postprandial glycemia is walking around for 15 minutes after a meal instead of sitting down like most of us do.
– Reduces Bacterial Infections on Teeth
In a test done on 100 teeth that were exposed to the E. faecalis bacteria had shown that apple cider vinegar was able to reduce bacterial count but not completely remove it. The test was done on teeth extracted through a root canal and not live teeth inside the mouth.
– It can improve insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetics
According to a study, diabetics who were given a concoction of 20 grams of ACV, 40 grams of water, and a tsp of saccharine after a meal, had an improvement in blood glucose levels by 25% and the pre-diabetics had lower blood glucose when compared to control subjects who took part in the study.
– Encourages weight loss
According to a Japanese study, acetic acid in vinegar can prevent the accumulation of body fat. In the test done with mice, the mice that were given acetic acid had less body fat when compared to the mice that weren’t given acetic acid. In the test with people, the group who consumed vinegar lost 1 to 2 pounds in average.
The following benefits haven’t been scientifically proven, but they have been reported by users as very helpful. Remember that this information should never be a replacement for consultations with medical professionals. Let’s take a look:
– Teeth whitener
Vinegar has been touted as a great cleaner that you can use to replace chemical cleaners but did you know that you can also use those same cleaning properties to whiten your teeth naturally? ACV is a natural cleaner that has antibacterial and disinfecting properties.
– Treats itchiness caused by mosquitoes and bees
ACV reduces the itchiness when applied to the affected area by balancing the pH of the skin.
– Natural deodorant
A synthetic deodorant works by blocking your sweat glands and preventing it from sweating which is one way our body naturally detoxes. Notice that if you’ve used a deodorant that your armpit feels dry even if you shower.
– Arthritis Be Gone
This debilitating condition that affects over 50 million Americans is painful. My mother has it and she has trouble writing or using her fingers for long periods of time.
There is no scientific research that has been done to prove that vinegar works on arthritis, there have been success stories of people using cider vinegar and feeling better afterwards – from not being able to walk for more than 30 minutes to walking as long as they want.
– Clears Stuffy Nose
ACV has been touted in a number of articles as a great home remedy for clearing a runny nose because it contains potassium which helps unclog mucus and acetic acid that prevents bacteria growing .
– Gets Rid of Warts
A wart is caused when a virus (the human papilloma virus) gets through the topmost protective layer of skin usually through a cut. This nasty skin condition is highly contagious and can grow on any part of the body
– Soothes heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux
According to Thomas Corriher, stomach diseases like heartburn and indigestion aren’t caused by surplus acid. In fact, they occur due to the lack of acid. Therefore, ACV, being acidic in nature, can be very helpful. Take one tsp of ACV and drink a glass of water. Remember not to brush your teeth immediately after drinking ACV as this can soften the enamel and the toothbrush will additionally abrade it.
– Betters the gut
Drinking ACV is a great way to improve your overall digestive health, especially if you consume starchy foods. Excess starch is known to cause elevated post meal blood glucose levels-another cause for diabetes. The ACV with the “mother” is rich in probiotics, so this version is the best for this condition.
– Treats yeast infections
If you have a yeast infection and the itchiness is causing you discomfort, soak in bathwater with two cups of vinegar for 15 minutes. Repeat this 3 to 4 times.
– Treats sore throat
Sometimes the best treatment for sore throat can be found in your home. ACV is one such remedy, since it is acidic, germs will have a hard time surviving in this acidic environment. Add a tablespoon of ACV to 6 to 8 ounces of water. Make two glasses, gargle the first glass then drink the second glass. Do this every hour . This mixture can also be effective on strep throat.
– Treats Ear Infections
Ear infections are caused by either a bacteria or virus in the middle ear. Oftentimes it is a result of an illness like cold, flu or allergy. If the doctor is not available you can try any of the home remedies listed in the link.
One of the natural remedies for treating ear infections is apple cider vinegar. This particular remedy calls for mixing one part water and one part apple cider vinegar (or alcohol) then soaking a cotton ball. You then take the cotton ball and plug it in the ear and leave it for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes lay down on your side then take out the cotton ball to drain the liquid. This according to the article will remove fungus inside the ear.
– Prevents bad breath
Gargle half a tsp of ACV with a cup of water if you experience bad breath.
– Soothes sunburns
Mix ACV and water and apply the mixture onto the affected areas.
– Stops hiccups
According to the owner of the company Hiccupops, the best concoction against hiccups is that of ACV and sugar.
– Prevent feet odor
If you’re an active man, you know how sweat can build up in our feet inside the shoes and if you don’t take care of it – it can lead to smelly feet or worst athlete’s foot.
One way of preventing or eliminating odors is rubbing your feet with paper towel soaked with ACV. It will balance the pH levels and remove the bad odor from your feet.
– Removes Excess Candida
Candida is a fungus that is present in the body. This actually helps the body digest food and absorb nutrients. The problem lies when there is an excess of it where candida will break through the wall of the intestine creating what you call a “leaky gut”.
Some of the symptoms include lack of energy, loss of memory, having severe allergies and skin infections.
– Relieves Muscle Pain
Muscle soreness is inevitable after a hard work out and if you’re looking for some immediate relief, Lillian Beard from Health.com recommends wrapping a cloth soaked in apple cider vinegar to the affected area for 20 minutes. It is said to be effective because it draws out the lactic acid from the muscles – this is responsible for muscle soreness.
– Rejuvenates Hair and Prevent Dandruff
Women will go through a lot when prepping for a big party – have their makeup done, fix their hair and put on that nice gown. The after party cleanup is also as tough, they’ll have to remove their makeup and wash their hair.
One great way to remove styling products from your hair is using ACV. This holistic expert recommends diluting a third of a cup of ACV into 4 cups of water then pouring that mixture on your hair after shampooing then rinsing afterwards with cold water. In short this is an all-natural replacement for a conditioner.
ACV will help balance the scalp’s pH levels, kill bacteria and prevent dandruff from forming. If you want to be bolder, try this “no poo” method.
– Reduces high blood pressure
According to some people, regular consumption of vinegar can lower high blood pressure levels.
– Improves the health of the skin
One way ACV helps improve your skin’s appearance is through exfoliation were the acids found in the vinegar “digests” dead skin cells which then reveals a new layer of skin.
Another reason why natural health supporters like to use ACV is because it has the same pH level as the skin – this helps balance pH and acidic mantle.