Apple cider vinegar, commonly used in salad dressing and chutneys, has been used medicinally for eons. Also known as ACV, apple cider vinegar is made by crushing apples, squeezing out the liquid and turning it into vinegar. Being full of nutrients like vitamin B, C, calcium, potassium, and iron, ACV is useful in treating a number of ailments. It is a natural antibiotic superfood. Here are some amazing health and beauty benefits of apple cider vinegar.
Health Benefits of ACV
1. Helps in Weight Loss
Apple cider vinegar assists in reducing body weight. It contains acetic acid which doesn’t let body calories to enter the bloodstream, thereby help you reduce those extra pounds. Add ACV (2 tablespoons) to water (16 ounces). Consume this solution several times a day.
2. Cures Sinus
ACV is anti-bacterial, so it prevents the growth of bacteria that causes nasal congestion and helps clear out sinuses. Add 1 teaspoon of ACV in a glass of water and drink it to get relief from stuffy nose.
3. Treats Stomach Disorder
ACV is a therapeutic cure for many stomach disorders like indigestion, food poisoning, gas, bloating, etc. Drink apple cider vinegar and water before meal to stimulate digestive juices and kill the bacteria that cause infection in stomach.
4. Boosts Immunity
Malic acid in ACV makes it a strong anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and a natural immunity booster. As a result, you are less susceptible to viral infections like cough and cold as your body develops strong immunity against these diseases.
5. Detoxifies Body
ACV balances the pH and removes toxic substances from the body. Mix 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water to dilute it and drink before each meal to detoxify and cleanse your liver.
6. Soothes Sore Throat
Being a natural germ fighter, ACV effectively soothes sore throat. Mix one-fourth cup of ACV in the same amount of warm water and gargle with it several times a day. It creates an acidic environment which doesn’t let germs survive.
Acetic acid in ACV reduces the glycemic index of foods. This, it slows down the rate at which sugar is released in blood; hence, makes you feel less hungry.
ACV may help prevent cancer. It can kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. It enhances the alkalinity of body which is unfavorable for the growth of cancer cells.
ACV is very useful to fight against Type 2 diabetes. Its anti-glycemic effect helps regulate blood sugar levels. 2 tablespoons of ACV before going to bed may reduce the rising sugar level.
10. Good for Heart
ACV contains acetic acid and antioxidants which reduce bad cholesterol, thereby minimize the risk of heart diseases. Taking half ounce of ACV may lower cholesterol in your body.
11. Treats Vaginal Infection
As apple cider vinegar is a strong natural antibiotic, it can help you get rid of vaginal infection by killing the protozoa and virus responsible for it. It promotes the growth of good bacteria in the vagina.
12. Fights Off Bad Breath
ACV kills the bacteria that causes mouth odor. Gargle with ACV or sip a teaspoon of it to get rid of bad breath.
13. Relieves Hiccups
Just sip a teaspoon of ACV to stop those uncontrollable hiccups. It soothes spasms of the diaphragm and maintains the balance of acid in stomach.
14. Cures Leg Cramps
Consumption of diluted ACV equips the body with essential minerals, calcium, and potassium; and also dissolves crystals of acid in the blood, thereby cures leg cramps.
15. Treats Insect Bites
Application of ACV on the insect bitten area relieves the pain. Mix water and ACV in equal proportion. With a cotton ball, apply it on the affected area.
16. Wards Off Yeast Infection
Fill your bath tub with warm water and add 1½ cups of ACV to it. Soak the affected area in this water for at least 20 minutes. Use this remedy regularly for 3 days.
Magnesium, calcium, and potassium contents in ACV alleviate the pain associated to arthritis. Potassium helps the bones absorb calcium which is necessary to strengthen the bones.
18. Removes Warts
Those ugly looking warts can happen to anyone. But apple cider vinegar acts as one stop solution to that. ACV has wart-zapping properties. All you need to do is cover the wart by a cotton ball soaked in ACV, and leave it overnight. Repeat this until you get rid of it.
19. Eliminates Foot Odor
ACV makes for an excellent foot deodorizer. It fights odor-causing bacteria by balancing the pH level of your skin. Pour 1 cup of ACV over baby wipes. Put them in the refrigerator and let them soak overnight. In the morning, wipe your feet with them.
20. Lessen Swelling
Treat your swollen feet and hands with apple cider vinegar to get quick relief.
21. Relieves Fatigue
Add 1-2 tablespoons of ACV to a glass of chilled water or vegetable juice. Drink it after workout to restore the lost energy and revitalize your body.
22. Heals Varicose Veins
ACV reduces the swelling of veins by improving the flow of blood in the wall of vein. Mix your favorite lotion with ACV in equal proportion. Rub it in circular motions on the varicose veins, two times a day.
Beauty Benefits of ACV
23. Removes Dandruff
Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of ACV make it a perfect remedy for reducing dandruff. Mix equal parts of AVC and water and massage it into your scalp. Wrap it with a towel and leave it for about an hour. Now rinse it off as usual.
24. Heals Sunburn
Adding a cup of ACV to your bath water can help neutralize the sunburn. The acidity in apple cider vinegar restores the pH levels of your skin; therefore, heals the sunburn and soothes your skin.
25. Whitens Teeth
Who doesn’t want those pearly white teeth? ACV is the best remedy to get rid of yellow teeth. Rub it on your teeth and rinse with water. You can also use it as mouthwash by mixing 1 teaspoon of it with a cup of water.
26. Get Shiny Hair
ACV works wonders for hair. Prepare a solution of half tablespoon of ACV into 1 cup of water. Use this solution as a conditioner after shampooing your hair to make them softer, shinier and healthier.
ACV is full of antioxidants, vitamin B1, B2, B6 and C. All these components make your skin youthful. All you need to do is add 2-3 tablespoons of ACV in a glass of water and consume it. You can also apply this solution with the help of a cotton ball to get rid of liver spots and age spots.
28. Improves Complexion
Beta-carotene in ACV safeguards your skin from damage. Add ½ cup of ACV to 1 cup of water and apply on your face and neck with a cotton ball. This will clear your complexion, giving you a flawless look.
29. Treats Acne
ACV balances the pH and absorbs excess of oil from your skin. Also, it removes bacteria and dead skin cells which are responsible for acne.
30. Aftershave Lotion
You can soothe your shaved skin by applying diluted ACV. Dilute ACV by mixing one part of ACV into one part of water.
31. Natural Deodorant
Annoyed with underarm odor? Rub ACV and allow it to dry. Don’t rinse it. It will neutralize and absorb the odor.
32. Strengthens Brittle Nails
Combine equal quantities of apple cider vinegar and water. Soak your nails in this solution. Then push down the cuticles. Repeat it at least once every day for a few days.