Apple cider vinegar is a very versatile ingredient that has a long list of uses. It can be put in salads, prepared as a natural remedy and even works as a disinfectant. In case you are not familiar with all the benefits and ways to use apple cider vinegar, keep reading. You will discover that this simple ingredient is much more powerful than you think.
1. Has Cancer Fighting Properties
The worst thing about cancer is that its symptoms don’t manifest until it reaches a stage where there is little that can be done to cure it. Cancer is the 4th cause of death in the USA and in 2014, there were more than 1.6 million Americans which were tested positive for cancer. Sadly, there were over ½ million deaths! It has been scientifically shown that apple cider vinegar can shrink and even destroy some types of cancer cells. According to a study conducted in China, the consumption of vegetables and vinegar reduces the risk of esophageal cancer. However, a Serbian study has shown that the consumption of vinegar increases bladder cancer 4.4 times. Taking into consideration these results, it can be noted that vinegar has anti-tumor properties but its effect is not the same in every type of cancer.
Candida is a type of parasitic bacteria which causes yeast overgrowth, leading to poor digestion, canker sores, yeast infections, and low energy. Candida overgrowth is typical a result of poor diet which is high in carbohydrates and refined sugar as well as overuse of antibiotics or birth control. When treating candida, apple cider vinegar and lemon water are one of your best allies. ACV promotes better digestion and balance in acidity/alkalinity, which in turn allows the healthy bacteria to thrive in the gut as they used to.
3. It is Rich in Acetic Acid
According to a Japanese study, acetic acid found in ACV helps may help regulate fat accumulation and blood pressure. Acetic acid is not vinegar, but bacteria found in vinegar which is a byproduct of the fermentation. During fermentation, acetic acid bacteria grow inside the vinegar and it turns into a nontoxic slime as the process goes along. Some manufacturers remove this slime, known as the “mother” through a filtration process. However, you should opt for raw, unfiltered variety which contains the mother, as it is the one that gives ACV its specific flavor. Wine vinegar contains about 5-6 percent of acetic acid while distilled vinegar contains 4-7 percent.
4. Disinfectant and Bacteria Killer
Even Hippocrates, the father of medicine, has used vinegar to treat wounds. These days, modern medicine confirms its ability to kill certain types of bacteria, such as S. auerus and E. coli. Even though it is less effective than Clorox, it is chemical-free and it is safe to use for washing produce.
5. Lowers Bad Cholesterol and Prevents Cardiovascular Diseases
Once the arteries become clogged by bad cholesterol, there is a big risk of cardiac arrest. ACV contains chlorogenic acids which lower bad cholesterol, which in turn prevents its accumulation and crystallization in the bloodstream. However, it is important to mention that the research was only done to rats, meaning that it may not affect humans the same way. A study conducted on 70,000 women showed that an increased intake of vinegar and oil salad dressing lowered the risk of ischemic heart disease.
Taking preventive measures and consuming protective foods into our diets is of utmost importance, given the fact that we are constantly surrounded by toxins. The good news is that ACV contains unique acids which attach to toxins and flush them from the body easily. To release toxins, you can either consume ACV or add it into your bath along with some Epsom salts.
7. Helps in Losing Weight
A Japanese study found that acetic acid could prevent accumulation of body fat. One test was done on mice and the rest on people. The one done on mice involved feeding them a high-fat diet. One group was given acetic acid and one wasn’t. At the end of the study, the one given acetic acid developed up to 10 percent less body fat than the ones that weren’t given acetic acid. The test done on people involved 175 obese people who were divided into two groups. They were fed similar diet but one of them had vinegar and the other had plain water. The results of the study showed that the group given vinegar lost 1-2 pounds.
8. It Can Help Type-2 Diabetics Improve Insulin Sensitivity
In a 2004 study done by the American Diabetes Association, three groups of people were given a solution of 40 grams of water, 20 grams of ACV, and a teaspoon of saccharine. Two minutes after, they were given a meal which included orange juice, butter, and white bagel.
This study involved 29 participants with type 2 diabetes as well as non-diabetic people who are insulin resistant or insulin sensitive. At the end of the study, it has been found that ACV increased insulin in type 2 diabetics by 19 percent and in insulin-resistant individuals by 34 percent. Moreover, the type 2 diabetics improved their blood glucose levels by 25 percent.
9. Prevents the onset of Diabetes by lowering Postprandial Glycemia
Postprandial glycemica is a condition referring to increased blood sugar levels after a meal, which is a huge factor why pre-diabetes develops into type 2 diabetes. Pre-diabetes is the condition in which the increased blood sugar levels are not as high as in type 2 diabetes, but if left untreated, it can lead to diabetes over time. The consumption of vinegar juice (20 grams of ACV, 49 grams of water and 1 teaspoon of saccharine) resulted in 35 percent decrease, according to a study.
10. Prevents Muscle Fatigue after Exercising
Mineral and electrolyte depletion are often manifested by muscle fatigue. Taking a tablespoon of diluted apple cider vinegar before a workout ensures that your body has enough electrolyte stores. When the pH of our bodies is balanced, it is easier for them to eliminate excess lactic acid and oxygenate the bodies during working out.
11. Reduces Bacterial Infections on Teeth
According to a test conducted on 100 teeth exposed to E. faecalis, apple cider vinegar reduced bacterial count but didn’t remove it completely.
12. Reduces Heart Burn and Acid Reflux
Heart burn is a very common issue and it is a result of depleted hydrochloric acid. The production of this acid is very low in people who have suboptimal gut flora, which means that they don’t consume enough fermented foods. Taking antibiotics is yet another reason for this as well, as it may destroy natural healthy bacteria. Stomach acid is a protective measure against microbes but when the stomach pH is high, pathogens may grow around the esophageal sphincter and paralyze the muscles, which in turn allows the food to relax back up the esophagus. To make your stomach acid acidic enough to destroy harmful microbes, take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar along with each meal.
13. Improves Digestion
Apple cider vinegar is high in living enzymes which help to break down food and make digestion easier. As mentioned above, the acid in ACV stirs up the digestive juices and thus ensures an effective digestion. Moreover, the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar stimulates mineral absorption, which in turn allows us to get the most of the food we consume.
14. Prevents Bladder Stones and UTI
Stones are a result of acidic urine which leads to formation of crystals out of calcium oxalate, struvite, and uric acid. Apple cider vinegar alkalizes the urine and reduces the risk of formation of these stones. If we take into consideration its ability to stimulate mineral absorption, it is not surprising that this potent ingredient can even break down kidney stones.
15. Arthritis, Stiff Joints and Gout
Drinking a class of water with two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar before each meal is said to help with arthritis, stiff joints, and gout. Note that it doesn’t work overnight, so you need to repeat the procedure for at least three weeks.
16. Allergies and Congestion
Besides helping you break up mucus, apple cider vinegar acts as natural anti-histamine agent as well. Apple cider can alleviate the unpleasant symptoms, whether you are suffering from pet-related, environmental, or seasonal allergies.
Potassium is essential mineral which maintains the tissues of the body and keeps everything resilient. Therefore, potassium deficiency can lead to various health issues.
According to Dr. Alexis Carrel, a Nobel Scientist, “was able to keep the cells of an embryo chicken heart alive and healthy for 35 years by daily monitoring it’s complete nutrition, cleansing and elimination. A chicken’s average lifespan is 7 years! Apple Cider Vinegar was given to the chicken embryo daily for its full quota of potassium.”
18. Sinus Infection and Chest Colds Cure
Add quarter a cup or more vinegar to your vaporizer. When it comes to coughs, simply combine half a cup of apple cider vinegar, half a cup of water, 4 teaspoons of organic honey, and 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.
19. Swelling Hands
Have you experienced swelling in your hands after a long and tough day? To alleviate these symptoms of, rub apple cider vinegar onto them to treat yourself to a personal spa massage.
20. Corns, Calluses and Warts
Soaking your feet in warm water with ½ cups of apple cider vinegar for 20 minutes and then rubbing them with pumice stone is the best way to keep your feet healthy, according to De. Scholl. What makes this method effective is its ability to balance the pH of the feet and keep fungus at bay. When it comes to warts, simply saturate a cotton ball onto the affected area and let it work overnight, instead of rubbing them with pumice stone.
21. Bad Breath
Besides being embarrassing, bad breath can often indicate a serious health issue. People claim that mixing ½ tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar with water and gargling twice daily solves this issue in no time. Moreover, it can be used to remove stains and whiten teeth as well.
22. Topical Skin Burns
To prevent blistering, simply apply ice-cold apple cider vinegar onto the burn.
23. Reduces Sunburn and Insect Bites
Apple cider vinegar is one of the best remedies to alleviate sunburn or insect bites. Simply mix equal amounts of water and ACV and apply onto the affected area to reduce burn. Another option is to add a cup of apple cider vinegar into your bath. When it comes to pest stings, apply apple cider directly onto the infected area.
24. Poison Ivy and Poison Oak
Too alleviate irritation caused by poison ivy or poison oak, mix 50:50 with water and add a couple of ice cubes. Apply this cooling spray onto the affected area to relieve the sting and draw toxins out of the skin.
25. Eases The Symptoms of Sore Throat
Apple cider vinegar comes with strong antibacterial properties which means that it can eliminate dangerous bacteria and microorganisms that lead to the pain and problems in the throat. If you use it in a combination with raw honey, a strong natural anti-inflammatory and antiviral compound, you can expect to get better results. So, take one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, 3 teaspoons of raw, organic honey and one teaspoon of cayenne pepper and mix them in a glass of lukewarm water. Cayenne pepper is here to ease remaining pain.
26. Flows Lymph
Experts recommend half a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water enriched with lemon in order to support the flow of blood and lymph.
27. Hair Rinse
Have you heard about the new method of using baking soda as shampoo and apple cider vinegar as hair rinse? This method is very effective in softening the hair and unlike the store-bought products, it is chemical-free. People who have tried it claim that it adds softness and shine to the hair, thanks to its pH balancing effects.
28. Cures Dandruff
To fight off dandruff, combine equal amounts of water and ACV and apply onto the scalp. Let it work for about 1-2 hours and then rinse it off thoroughly. Repeat the procedure at least once a week for optimal results.
29. Age Spots
To treat age spots, simply dab areas with apple cider vinegar and let it work overnight.
30. Acne Cure
Given the fact that apple cider vinegar regulates the pH of the skin, it can successfully treat acne as well. Dilute apple cider with 2 parts water and apply the solution onto your face with a cotton ball. Repeat the procedure every night and every morning before applying moisturizer.
31. Overnight Facial
For less blemishes and more youthful skin, put some apple cider vinegar onto the face before bedtime. In morning, you will be surprised by the smoothness and softness of your skin!
32. Skin Toner
Apple cider vinegar works as an amazing skin toner as its pH is very close to the natural pH of the skin. Therefore, it keeps the protective layer of the skin intact while protecting the skin from foreign germs and bacteria. To prepare your own skin toner, mix 1 part of apple cider vinegar with 3 parts of water. In case you have a sensitive skin, add more water.
33. Body Odor
Again, its pH regulates the pH of the skin and controls the excessive body odor. To use it for foot odor, soak the feet for about 10 minutes. To use it as a deodorant, simply wipe the armpits with a soaked cotton ball on a daily basis.
34. Preserving Food
Vinegar has been long used as food preservative as it allowed the people to store their food for an extended period of time. The same method is widely used these days too, allowing people to enjoy their favorite food all year long. Make pickles with apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar, as it gives them specific flavor and adds numerous health benefits.
Make your own cleaning solution by mixing half a cup of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water. Clean and disinfect windows, glasses, mirrors, bathroom tiles, kitchen surfaces, and microwaves with this solution.
36. Eliminate Animal Urine Stains from Carpet
First, blot up urine with a clot, flush a couple of times with water, and then apply a diluted apple cider vinegar. Rinse well and let it dry.
37. Keep Bright Colors from Running
Put clothes in white vinegar for about 10 minutes before washing them.
38. Balance Spices
In case you believe that your meal doesn’t taste good because there is a significant amount of cayenne powder in it, just pour one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and the taste should be better.
39. Vegetable Wash
Most fruits and veggies are full of chemicals and pesticides from the outside and ACV is able to remove these harmful compounds. All you need to do is to add an equal amount of apple cider vinegar and water into a spray bottle and shake until well combined. Spray the mixture on fruits and veggies and then rinse them with a cold water.
40. Keep Ants Away
To keep ants away, spray vinegar around doors, under appliances, and other places they use to hide in.
41. Relieve Arthritic Condition
To ease the symptoms of arthritis, add apple cider vinegar to your pet`s food.
42. Itchy Skin or Low Appetite
To treat itchy skin or hot spots, put apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spray on. It will solve the issue in a day! To improve your pet`s appetite, use a tablespoon of ACV twice daily for a 50 lb dog.
- Make sure you dilute apple cider vinegar in water before swallowing. Pure ACV may damage the tissues in the throat and mouth as well as the tooth enamel
- If you are diabetic, please consult your doctor prior using ACV.