Apple cider vinegar contains a host of vitamins, beta-carotene, pectin and vital minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, chlorine, sulfur, iron, and fluorine. Most of the much-talked about benefits of organic apple cider vinegar can be attributed to the presence of these nutrients.
Given below are a few of the health and cosmetic concerns which can be addressed by the use of organic apple cider vinegar.
1- Blood cholesterol
Research has indicated that apple cider vinegar improves the lipid profile of blood by decreasing the levels of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) or bad cholesterol, as also by increasing the levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) or good cholesterol. This is specially important to manage and/or avoid complications resulting due to diabetes.
2- Blood sugar
Several animal and human studies have demonstrated the antiglycemic effects of apple cider vinegar. It improves insulin sensitivity, which is essential to maintain the sugar levels of blood, in people suffering from insulin resistance. However, certain studies have revealed contrasting effects as well, and hence this health benefit remains controversial as of today.
3- Weight loss
Apple cider vinegar helps in maintaining a healthy weight, and also aids to achieve weight loss by increasing the satiety levels. This can be achieved by the consumption of 1tbsp. of cider vinegar mixed in eight ounces of warm water.
4- Cold and cough
A combination of apple cider vinegar and honey mixed in warm water is a very well-known folk remedy to deal with common cold, cough and sore throat. Simply mix 1 tsp. ACV, 1 tsp. honey and 1 tsp of warm water. Adding some mashed ginger to this mixture further enhances its medicinal properties. 1 tsp. of this mixture, thrice a day, helps to provide relief from congestion, cough and a stuffy nose.
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Indigestion occurs due to a decrease in the acid content of stomach. A glass of warm water with 1 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar, before or during a meal, helps to restore the acid balance and improve digestion. It is also useful to deal with acid reflux and heartburn.
6- Bone health
The abundance of calcium, potassium, magnesium and other vital minerals, makes apple cider vinegar a good candidate for maintaining bone health. It serves a preventive measure for osteoporosis, and other degenerative bone diseases.
It is known to exhibit antiseptic properties, and is effective against bacterial and fungal infections. Hence it is useful for dealing with ear infection, bladder infection, candidiasis, etc., either by external application or through ingestion. Simply rinsing the ear with diluted apple cider vinegar alleviates ear infection. For bladder infection and candidiasis, drinking a glass of warm water and apple cider vinegar, every night, serves as a useful remedy.
It helps to deal with night cramps and muscle pain owing to its rich mineral content. The same all-purpose tonic – 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water – reduces the frequency and intensity of leg cramps, and the pain associated.
To get rid of warts, concentrated form of apple cider vinegar is directly applied onto the affected skin region. A cotton swab dipped in cider vinegar can be taped onto the wart daily, until it goes away completely.
10- Hair health
A solution of apple cider vinegar and water, mixed in equal proportions serves as a natural conditioner for hair. It helps to nourish the hair, and achieve the desired shine, and a soft texture.
11- Skin health
Half a cup of apple cider vinegar mixed with a cup of water provides an effective toner, essential for soft and glowing skin. A regular use of such a toner will help to maintain the pH balance of skin, avoid skin infections, acne, and thus maintain skin health.
The antitumor properties of apple cider vinegar are also being studied with the objective of studying its role in cancer prevention and control. Its role as an antioxidant in neutralizing the free radicals is also being researched in the same context.