Some natural ingredients have incredibly amazing powers. Apple cider vinegar is one of the most magical ones, which seems to have the ability to help us in all sorts of strange and wonderful ways. From colds and flu, to weight loss, to treating eczema and so much more, here are Eric’s Top Ten Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.
There are a few different types of apple cider vinegar on the market, however; make sure that you are buying the right one. Look for organic, unfiltered vinegar which still contains ‘mother’ strands of healthy proteins, enzymes, and friendly bacteria. Also, watch out for apple cider vinegar that may have been diluted down with other ingredients.
The main active compound in apple cider vinegar is acetic acid. It contains a number of vitamins, minerals, salts, and enzymes that boost the immune system. This includes riboflavin, iron, phosphorus, calcium, sodium, potassium, pectin and sulfur.
Vinegar contains beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that helps to renew the body’s cells and encourages healthy cell growth. This means that it helps your body to heal in many different ways.
Internal Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Lowers blood sugar and treats diabetes
Taking apple cider vinegar has been known to improve insulin sensitivity, lower blood sugar, and lower insulin responses. Taking a couple of tablespoons of the vinegar before eating or before going to bed can help your body metabolize the blood sugar better and may help to treat diabetes.
Helps your digestive system
Apple cider vinegar can be used to help detoxify your body and cleanse it from the inside out. The high fiber content supports the digestive system, improves your skin and stops you from feeling sluggish and tired.
Lowers cholesterol and improves heart health
Studies are starting to show that apple cider vinegar can lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels which are significant factors in heart disease. It has also been shown to reduce blood pressure.
May help to protect against cancer
The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of apple cider vinegar mean that it helps the body to heal and cells to regenerate, while reducing infection and inflammation.
Early studies are indicating that taking apple cider vinegar can help to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors, although solid studies with human subjects are still new.
May help with weight loss
While the scientific evidence to support this is still being established, there are some reports that taking apple cider vinegar may help you to lose weight. It does this by keeping you feeling fuller for longer so that you eat less, and has been shown to reduce belly fat in some people.
The antibacterial effects of the vinegar mean that it has been used to kill infections internally. If you gargle with diluted apple cider vinegar you can give your body a boost when fighting throat infections and symptoms of flu.
How to use it
The best way to add apple cider vinegar to your diet is by making salad dressings or homemade mayonnaise with it as the main ingredient. You only need a very small amount, as high amounts of the vinegar can have an adverse effect on your teeth and stomach.
You can dilute 2 tablespoons in a glass of water (also nice with a tablespoon of raw honey) and then drink this several times a day. It is better for your teeth if you drink this using a straw because of the high acid content.
External Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Lovely for your skin
Apple cider vinegar is great for skin, helping to clean skin from dirt, oil, and bacteria, as well as helping it to heal and regenerate. It is a common ingredient in many natural skin care products including those used for reducing the damages of aging, clearing acne and helping to heal eczema.
It has antiseptic, antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it a lovely natural cleanser. It has anti-inflammatory properties as well, which can calm and soothe inflammation in the body like eczema.
Apple cider vinegar has been used as a rinse aid for hair, helping to remove product build-up, oil, dirt and other kinds of residue from your hair roots and scalp. It can also have conditioning properties, helping to detangle your locks and giving your hair extra shine.
As it helps with eczema, it can also help to reduce dandruff, by killing off the fungus that may contribute to the condition. It also heals infection of the scalp from eczema and rinses away dead skin cells.
Oral and dental care
Rubbing a small amount of apple cider vinegar on your teeth may help to reduce staining from smoking or drinking coffee. You need to do this regularly to see some results, and be careful to rinse your mouth out thoroughly as leaving any vinegar in your mouth can erode tooth enamel.
You can also rinse with the vinegar as a mouthwash and to kill mouth ulcers, and also to clean dentures and your toothbrush.
You can use apple cider vinegar as a base ingredient for natural deodorant as it helps to kill fungus and bacteria and remove bad smells.
As well as the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, there are many creative and useful ways to put the vinegar into action around the home as well. It can be used to make natural products for cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, for use to wash dishes and in the laundry, and even for preserving food. It also may kill fleas on your pets and weeds in your garden.
Is there anything this magical stuff can’t do?
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