I’m sure many of you have a bottle of apple cider vinegar sitting on your kitchen shelf, but did you know that organic, raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized, apple cider vinegar can be used for much more than a salad dressing or splashing over your fries.
Apple cider vinegar can be used for pretty much anything from skin care, on your pets, cleaning around the house plus there are many more benefits of apple cider vinegar that you probably never even heard of.
12 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Below are 12 health benefits of apple cider vinegar that are actually supported by real scientific research. So what are you waiting for? Dust off that bottle and read on.
1. Strengthen Your Immune System
The intestinal flora is a major part of the body’s immune system. By drinking apple cider vinegar you can actually improve the growth of the good bacteria the body needs, which in-turn will improve your overall immunity.
The unfiltered, raw apple cider is known to benefit your lymphatic system by cleansing the body’s lymph nodes plus it also helps to break up unwanted mucus inside of the body. If apple cider is used frequently you can improve sinus congestions, alleviate allergies, as well as reduce cold or flu symptoms.
On-top of that apple cider vinegar also contains Malic Acid which is a natural and strong antiviral. This is probably one of the reasons why regular users of apple cider vinegar say they have fewer colds when they consume it with water daily.
Apple cider vinegar can improve your digestion, naturally. Simply take one tablespoon of vinegar and mix with a large glass of drinking water. Do this around 10 to 15 minutes before your consume your meal as this will help to stimulate your digestive stomach juices which in-turn will help to break down your food.
For better results always try to use organic, raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized, apple cider vinegar with the “mother”. What is the mother in vinegar? The mother is the cloudy strings of naturally occurring proteins that are produces during the fermentation process.
Most of the shop brought vinegar has this taken out and in doing so you actually loose most of the beneficial enzymes and other nutritional properties in raw apple cider vinegar that have such a positive effect on the digestive process.
When you consume the organic, raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar your digestion will improve and you will naturally start to get more nutrients and other benefits from your food. This can actually reduce hunger (eating between meals) and also it can aid in weight loss.
3. Prevention of Candida and Normalize Intestinal Bacteria
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is full of beneficial acids which can aid and improve your intestinal flora. Real apple cider vinegar contains valuable minerals and trace elements, anti-viral Malic acid, LDL cholesterol lowering pectin, live enzymes, amino acids, fat burning acetic acid and many other beneficial nutrients.
The acetic acid and Malic acid found in ACV can help control the spread of the Candida fungus found in your intestines. Candida fungus is normally found in people who have high sugar diets and it can be a common and debilitating problem.
4. Regulate Blood Sugar and Aid in Diabetes
The anti-glycemic properties of apple cider vinegar have been proven in over seven studies including this one. Apple cider vinegar is packed full of acetic acid which seems to slow down the digestions of simple carbohydrates which in-turn helps to regulate the body’s blood sugar levels from the highs and longer lows of a high carb diet.
5. Heartburn and Constipation
Drinking a diluted mixture of apple cider vinegar and water can help to reduce your body’s low stomach acid conditions which are the main cause of heartburn.
Also the apple pectin fiber which is found in the mother of raw apple cider vinegar helps to sooth the gastrointestinal tract which in-turn helps to prevent bloating, gas, and stomach cramps.
If you are suffering from constipation apple cider vinegar can be used as a mild laxative to help stimulate peristalsis.
6. High Blood Pressure
Studies in animals show that apple cider vinegar can actually lower blood pressure. However it is not known how, It’s possible that ACV helps to increase the production of nitric oxide in the body which helps to relax blood vessels or it could just be that it benefits the body’s cardiovascular system and when consumed regularly helps to lower high blood pressure.
7. Reducing Bad Breath
Apple cider vinegar is a great natural mouth wash that can help reduce the bacteria in your mouth that cause bad breath. The natural acids found in ACV like Malic and Acetic acid are the active ingredients that will help keep the stink at bay.
To use apple cider vinegar as a mouthwash you will need to make it a bit stronger that when you are drinking it. Dilute around one tablespoon of ACV into a third of a glass of water and then gargle and swirl around your mouth for around 20 to 30 seconds.
8. Improved Stamina and Energy
Raw, organic and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar has long been used as a general health tonic and an increased stamina as well as more energy has been commonly reported over the years from people who regular drink it.
This increase in stamina and energy may be a combination of all of the other health benefits of apple cider vinegar. Or it could be down to the alkalizing effect APV has on your body when you drink and consume apple cider vinegar daily.
9. Skin Benefits From The Inside
Drinking apple cider vinegar on a regular basis can have a very beneficial effect on your skin from the inside. By drinking ACV daily you will effectively help to balance your skins pH levels, plus daily consumption can help to treat dermatological conditions like acne.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss
Yes you heard me right! Apple cider vinegar can aid with natural weight loss. Recent studies have shown that the Acetic acid found in ACV helps to suppress the accumulation of body fat and liver lipids. The pectin content found in ACV is also though to help reduce the body’s ability to absorb fat
As mentioned above, when you drink apple cider vinegar before meals it can help aid in digestion and it will also help reduce your hunger and stop you eating in-between meals, which can all be beneficial for weight loss.
11. Restless Leg Syndrome and Leg Cramps
For those of you who have had or suffer from restless leg syndrome or leg cramps you know how painfully annoying the condition can be, especially at night time or when you are trying to sleep.
Apple cider vinegar has be known to help prevent leg cramps and reduce restless leg syndrome by increasing low potassium levels in your body which is a suspect cause of nighttime leg cramps and restless leg syndrome.
There are many reports of people who have had positive results by drinking apple cider vinegar mixed with water just before they go the bed
12. General Body Detoxification
Aside from all of the above health benefits of apple cider vinegar drinking diluted unfiltered and raw ACV is believed to help cleanse and detoxify your liver.
For body detoxing using apple cider vinegar just stir one tablespoon of ACV into a glass of water before each meal. When done daily this can help to detox the body, naturally and effectively.
Some may recommend drinking larger doses of apple cider vinegar but detoxing overtime is a better option.