Since childhood until now we are told that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Considering the benefits of apple, it has been fermented to become vinegar. But this term is not new!! Apple cider vinegar has a long history and Hippocrates in the earlier days used this vinegar for the treatment of patients. In modern era as well, researches have claimed that apple cider vinegar has impressive benefits.
Firstly, apple cider vinegar can be seen as a remedy & supplement and it is more than a kitchen flavoring. The nutritional usefulness of apples is high with vitamins & minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C. The same ingredients are present in apple cider vinegar just in the fermented form making it a beneficial drink. Apple cider vinegar can also be considered as “super food” which is proven to be good for the body as a whole. It is though suspicious to get that how can one food be good for everything? Well, it has beneficial effect on the immune system, so make an excellent preventative for any number of ailments.
Taking Apple cider vinegar a day can cleanse detox the body, even resulting to a healthy and glossy complexion. Forget other detox recipes as only a small amount of it in the morning has strong beneficiaries. It also detoxifies your liver and provides better health and bodily functions. You should use it to get a healthy lymphatic system for proper circulation of lymph.
- Balanced blood sugar
Apple cider vinegar has acetic acid present in it which blocks enzymes helping to digest starch. Consequently blood sugar gets balanced. You can take it as a splash in salads, marinades and sauce. Do consult before taking it if you have diabetes as it can combine with the medication process. As you will get your blood sugar regulated with it, type 2 diabetic patients will get its major benefits. You can have it after a high-carb meal to improve insulin sensitivity.
- Weight Loss
This vinegar can also work as an aid in weight loss. Taking it before or with meal can make a slaking effect. You will feel stuffy and thus your diversion towards high calories gets reduced. Consequently, belly fat gets reduced!! Obese people are recommended to take this and the results are proven great. But you need to take care not to consume high than normal amount of this vinegar as risk of gastrointestinal tract injury may increase. Always go for slow run!!
- Dandruff Removal
Apart from consuming, you can also use it on external level for various benefits. Due to the presence of acetic acid, it can help to get rid of dandruff if massaged on the scalp, reduces prickling and irritation. Make sure to use it in diluted form and in small amounts. When using on scalp, make sure that it do not get into your eyes or ears and you can use it 2 times a week.
- Relief from itching
Applying apple vinegar solution can protect you from itching or irritation caused due to mosquito bite, jellyfish sting or poison ivy. It will provide you relief from the irritation and you will soon feel relax and smooth.
- Hair Rinse
Apple cider vinegar is recommended as a hair rinse which removes product built-up, detangles and gives shine to hairs. You can use it while washing by applying mixture of vinegar and water into hair. It also helps to keep your hairs fresh in between washes. To get this benefit, you need to apply the solution on roots of hair to control the oil. Again keep your eyes, ears and face protected and always use dilute solution for this.
- Acne Clearance
You can apply the vinegar solution to dry out your pimples. It must be enough dilute if you are using it on skin, otherwise can cause skin injury. It helps to get rid of acne or pimples but take care it must not be undiluted.
- Relieve sore throat
Apple cider vinegar is considered as a home remedy for the sore throats and can cure the pain of it. This vinegar has antibacterial properties which help in killing the bacteria causing the issue. Again, as it is highly acidic, so use the diluted one with water otherwise it can cause throat burns. Also take this vinegar only in case of minor sore throats, and if you have severe one avoid taking this and consult to doctor first.
- Cure Indigestion
It helps to ease the digestive conditions like constipation or diarrhea and can also help with heartburn or acid reflux. Due to its acidic nature, it works effective for heartburn. But the diet of heartburn usually does not involve acidic foods, so it is suspicious to use this in this case or not. You can consult to doctor before taking any step. Have small amount of diluted vinegar in food or with water to sure indigestion.
- Fruit & Vegetable Washer
If you are concerned about the pesticides residue on fruits & vegetables, wash it with apple cider vinegar from now. It removes more of the chemical residues from the fruits & vegetables which only water is incapable of doing. It also kills harmful bacteria present on fruits & vegetables like Ecoli or Salmonella.
There are many other benefits of apple cider vinegar for not only health but other aids like using in cleansers, as deodorizer, preserving food and many others. So using it can be beneficial for your health overall. But keep in mind that excessive use of anything has side-effects too. Same is in the case of this vinegar. Firstly, it can delay the rate of food leaving the stomach which can consequently cause gastric problems. Also, it can reduce appetite of a person; reduce potassium levels if consumed too much. It can also weaken the dental enamel and cause tooth decay. So, it should be consumed carefully by limiting its input value. Always start with a low amount and increase it as per your capability of digestion. Also, always take it as a dilute solution to prevent throat or skin burns. If monitored carefully, it can provide several health benefits.