10 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and so does a daily dose of apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from apples and has a characteristic amber color.

Over the centuries, apple cider vinegar has been used for many purposes: making pickles, killing weeds, cleaning coffee makers, polishing armor, and dressing salads. Apple cider vinegar is also one of the most popular go-to ingredients in your kitchen, offering many natural health benefits.

It is rich in minerals, like potassium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, copper and fluorine, as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, and E, bioflavonoid, and pectin. Most of the much talked about benefits of apple cider vinegar can be attributed to the presence of so many nutrients.

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Here are the top 10 health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

1. Controls Blood Sugar

Your body produces insulin to manage the level of sugar in your blood. The antiglycemic effects of apple cider vinegar help improve insulin sensitivity.

People who have insulin resistance should have a dose of apple cider vinegar with each meal. Mix one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with one glass of filtered water.

Drink this three times daily to steady your stomach’s digestion rate, which in turn increases the time your body has to process new sugars and keeps your blood sugar levels more stable.

2. Whitens Teeth

If you are embarrassed because you have yellow teeth, apple cider vinegar is a cheap and simple way to restore your teeth’s natural pearly white sheen. Apple cider vinegar helps remove stains and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums.

All you need to do is gargle with apple cider vinegar every morning and then brush your teeth as usual. Regularly eating apples also helps, as the crunchy fruit scrubs your teeth like a toothbrush.

3. Treats Constipation

Apple cider vinegar contains pectin, a water-soluble fiber that promotes bowel movements. This makes it a great natural treatment for constipation.

Add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink it three times a day. You can add apple or grape juice to the mix to make it more palatable.

4. Promotes Weight Loss

Regular consumption of apple cider vinegar can also promote weight loss. Apple cider vinegar is a good source of acetic acid.

Studies have found that obese people who consumed acetic acid daily for 12 weeks enjoy a significant decrease in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference, and triglycerides. The acetic acid also helps prevent buildup of body fat and certain liver fats.

5. Nourishes Hair

A solution of apple cider vinegar and water, mixed in equal proportions, makes a wonderful natural hair conditioner. It helps nourish the hair, giving it a shine and soft texture.

It’s also effective as a home remedy for dandruff. Apple cider vinegar destroys the fungus that causes dandruff and restores the pH balance of the scalp.

To treat dandruff, apply a 50/50 mixture of water and apple cider vinegar to the scalp, leave it on for 15 minutes to an hour and then rinse it out. Follow this remedy once or twice in a week.

6. Gives Glowing Skin

Apple cider vinegar can help treat blemishes, reduce wrinkles and tone your skin. For blemishes, apple cider vinegar is a good astringent. Soak a cotton pad in diluted apple cider vinegar and dab it on your blemishes to dry them out and help them heal.

To minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, soak a cotton pad in diluted apple cider vinegar and apply it to the areas you want to treat. It will help tighten and plump up your skin a bit.

To use as a toner, mix half a cup of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and apply it all over your face. Regular use of this solution will help maintain the pH balance in your skin and prevent various types of skin infections.

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  1. Acid stomach I was miserable drank 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar.
    First 3 seconds feel vinegar go down after that acid went away! Tried this a second time a few days later same great relief! Acid has not returned!
    Yep! I thought the people telling me to do that were crazy also!!!!!!!

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  2. I always use apple cider viniger but now I am going back to it.

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  3. Love your web site I found it very helpful.

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  4. this was helpful

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  5. I keep this stuff in the house…I also like to put it into my bath water sometimes for cleansing purposes. I have not purchased a douche in about 10 years…Vinegar does the trick. :-)

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  7. every morning my stomach feels discomfort but when i started taking a mixture of acv and water i noticed that it’s gone.

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  8. someone has rightly said,AN APPLLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY.

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  9. I have started using Apple Cider Vinegar
    2 Table Spoon in 250 ml of Water 3 times
    daily before meal for Weightloss.

    Do advise me in detail if any, Thanking.

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    • Tanya Morrison April 9, 2014, 8:53 pm

      I just seen your comment about using apple cider vinegar for what loss. I was wondering what your results where.

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  10. If having problems with ACV on your stomach, you’re taking too much at once. Begin with 1-2 teasps in 6-8 oz of water and if still experiencing stomach pain, add a pinch of baking soda before the water until you no longer need the BS. Also, start with with once a day moving to twice a day before meals. I drink my ACV with tea first thing in the morning and again about an hour before bed. It’s quite enough for me. Like everything we do or take for our health slow and easy, but with CONSISTENCY is always the better path to accurately gauge long term positive or negative affects. By no means should you drink ACV w/o a straw and not rinse your mouth with plain water after drinking it. It will sheer off the enamel on your teeth. So drink it at one sitting; then rinse your mouth with water.

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    David

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  12. How should I take acv to loose weight..

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  13. Thanks for the informative article .. Will try it ..& ..then inform/confirm the benefits.

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