I need to start off by telling you folks that I love Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). At this household, we use it for everything from drinking it to treating sick chickens. I’m of the mindset that you can treat just about anything with a little vinegar. So y’all can guess that when Stacy asked me to write about the benefits of ACV, I was more than a little excited.
Seriously though, Apple Cider Vinegar is something everyone should integrate into their healthy living routine. It has a plethora of benefits. Those benefits are exactly what I want to look at with you wonderful people today. Before discussing all the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, I think we need to look at what exactly it is.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)?
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is this nifty vinegar made from apples, & is usually amber color. The kind of ACV you need for optimal health benefits is unpasteurized. Unpasteurized ACV will contain the mother. The mother is made up of strand-like enzymes connecting protein molecules with living nutrients and bacteria. Y’all, I’m not super sciencey, but I can tell you that stuff is good for you!
Amazing Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Reduces Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
Our busy lives and diets can contribute to us having high blood pressure and/or cholesterol. In a 2006 study, researchers found that the acetic acid in Apple Cider Vinegar lowers bad cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels in rats. Mizkan, a Japanese condiment manufacturer, conducted their own tests and found that 15 milliliters (about 0.5 fluid ounces) of apple cider vinegar daily reduces blood cholesterol levels in humans.
That is just evidence from one of the many studies conducted that proves ACV lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. After reading these studies, I began drinking Apple Cider Vinegar daily. I come from a family with heart and blood pressure issues, so I want to do everything possible to keep myself healthy for my boys.
2. Eases Tummy Troubles
This is probably one of my favorite reasons to use Apple Cider Vinegar. I have a husband with tummy issues and this truly helps him. I also add it to my son’s drink with a little raw honey if he has an upset stomach. If you are having diarrhea, gas pains, or cramping, just sip some ACV (1-2 T) mixed with water. ACV contains pectin and contains antibiotic properties. Pectin helps soothe the intestinal spasms that cause your tummy to cramp. The antibiotic properties can help fight off any bacteria that may be the source of your upset stomach.
3. Helps with Weight Loss
Apple Cider Vinegar contains properties that help you to lose weight. It helps by breaking down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them.
4. Soothes a sore throat
As I said before, Apple Cider Vinegar contains antibacterial properties. If you feel a sore throat coming home, you can gargle with ACV to help kill the bacteria. Most germs just cannot survive in the acidic environment that the vinegar creates.
Just mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so to help relieve that scratchy throat.
5. Clears a Stuffy Nose
ACV is full of potassium which thins mucus and acetic acid that prevents bacteria growth. Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink to help sinus drainage.
6. Prevent Indigestion
This was a hard one for me to believe when I first read about it. I thought since it was vinegar it would actually cause indigestion, but I can tell y’all that it works! The properties in ACV actually neutralize indegestion!
To fight indigestion try this: drink one teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with one teaspoon of honey in a small glass of warm water 30 minutes before you eat.
7. Lower Blood Sugar
This is (to me) the most amazing benefit of ACV. Apple Cider Vinegar has the potential to help with diabetes! Several studies have shown its positive effect on blood glucose levels. A study in 2007 was conducted with participants that had type-2 diabetes. The evidence showed that drinking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered glucose in the morning by four to six percent.
8. Clear up Dandruff
Dr. Oz recommends using AVC as a dandruff treatment. The acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp which makes it hard for yeast to grow. Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water in a spray bottle, and spritz on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour, then wash your hair as usual.
9. Natural Acne Treatment
The antibacterial properties of Apple Cider Vinegar make it a fantastic acne treatment. It can make your skin look healthier and brighter. Its antibacterial properties help keep acne under control, and the malic and lactic acids found in ACV soften and exfoliate skin, reduce red spots, and balance the pH of your skin.
To use as a toner just mix a little ACV with water and wipe on with a cotton ball.
Do you use Apple Cider Vinegar for it’s health benefits? Has this information made you consider adding it to your health routine?
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