Apple cider vinegar has a long history and has been used for the last 10,000 years in various ancient civilizations like Egypt and Babylon for treating diseases and ailments. It is with the recent emphasis on fitness and weight loss, that it has come in to prominence and more and more people are beginning to include it in their daily diet. We all go through strict weight loss diet regimes like the GM diet and sweat it out daily in the gym in order to achieve a lean and fit body, but ignore the fact that including such little things as apple cider vinegar in our daily diet might help a great extent in losing weight in an easier way.
Apple cider vinegar, also known as cider vinegar or ACV is an all-natural product that is made from cider or apple must and takes up to 6 months of fermentation. It has a pale amber colored appearance and is often used as a substitute of lemon in food preparations, in sauces, as a dressing for boiled vegetable and salads and as a base of pickles. Other than this it also helps in maintaining the health by preventing chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes. It also has some unusual uses like it works as an amazing mouth wash, vegetable and meat cleaner, floor cleaner and fabric conditioner.
The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are innumerable and too difficult to list in a single article, but we have tried to list the top 15 health benefits of this amazing natural vinegar. It not only helps maintain health but also helps in developing shining hair and smooth, flawless skin.
Benefits of apple cider vinegar in reducing and controlling diabetes is perhaps the most researched and most effective. Studies show that a daily intake of apple cider vinegar helps in reducing blood sugar level and keeping it under control. A regular intake of 2 table spoons of apple cider vinegar before going to bed has been shown to lower blood glucose levels by 4 to 6 percent.
Preliminary research shows that apple cider vinegar may help in reducing the risk of cancer by killing cancerous cells and slowing down their growth and multiplication. Having ACV on a regular basis reduces the risk of esophageal cancer. Pectin found in ACV can prevent the growth of tumors and help prevent prostate cancer. In addition, the acidic nature of apple cider vinegar helps in cleansing the colon and GI tract there by reducing the risk of colon cancer as well.
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most effective ways of reducing weight in a healthy way. The acetic acid in ACV helps in reducing overall weight as well as waist circumference and tummy fat if taken on a daily basis. We all know that fiber rich foods keeps us satisfied for long and the pectin present in apple cider vinegar is a form of insoluble fiber that increases satiety and fullness so that we don’t feel hungry for a longer period of time. Have a glass of water with 2 table spoon of apple cider vinegar before your meal and have an amazing toned body.
Daily consumption of apple cider vinegar helps in improving cardiovascular health and reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack by lowering triglyceride and LDL (low density lipoprotein cholesterol) levels in blood. The acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar helps in burning fat and bad cholesterol. In addition, it also helps in increasing the level of HDL (high-density lipoprotein) in blood. Use apple cider vinegar instead of lemon as a seasoning for salads and boiled vegetables and have a healthy heart.
A daily intake of apple cider vinegar has been shown to improve bone health and strength. Being rich in important minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium it is great of improving bone density in children and preventing bone erosion in adults. It also helps the body to absorb calcium from various foods. The potassium present in ACV improves stiffness of bone joints and relieves arthritis pain to a great extent.
Apple cider vinegar is an instant solution forugly sun tan and painful sunburns. The anti-inflammatory agents along with vitamins and minerals present in ACV helps in soothing the irritation, relieving the pain, reducing peeling of skin and ensuring quick recovery. All you need to do is dab clean a wash cloth in apple cider vinegar and place it on the tanned areas, let it soak for some time and wash off.
Excessive stress, high intensity exercises or a hectic day at work leads to secretion of lactic acid in body that often causes fatigue and tiredness. Apple cider vinegar acts an excellent energy drink that relieves stress, tiredness and fatigue instantly. The anti-oxidants and minerals, especially potassium present in ACV helps in fighting stress. Enjoy an all-natural energy drink by mixing 2 table spoon of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled water the next time you feel low.
The enzymes and acids present in apple cider vinegar helps in breaking down and absorbing iron from the food we consume so that it can be used by the body in a more effective way. Iron is a key element of hemoglobin that supplies oxygen throughout the body and an increased supply of hemoglobin and in turn oxygen to the body means burning of more calories that is very important for weight loss.
Apple cider vinegar is a great natural home remedy for blocked nose and sore throat. The acidic nature of ACV makes it difficult for germs to survive and cures throat infections. Just make mixture of 1/2 cup ACV and 1/2 cup warm water and gargle to sooth soreness of throat. Potassium present in apple cider vinegar helps in unclogging blocked nose by thinning mucus. Mix a table spoon of apple cider vinegar to glass of water and drink it.
A body that has a more acidic pH is more susceptible to infections, coughs and colds compared to a body that is more alkaline. Apple cider vinegar helps in maintaining the pH of the body in a steady alkaline state thereby improving energy, and increasing the efficiency of the immune system. Mix 2 table spoon of organic apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink thrice a day to fight colds, flues and infections.
The acidic property of apple cider vinegar makes it a great natural remedy for treating problems of indigestion. A rich and spicy meal often leaves us with indigestion, belly bloating, acidity and heart burn. This can be avoided if you can have a mixture of 1 table spoon apple cider vinegar and 1 table spoon of honey mixed in a cup of warm water half an hour before a rich and heavy meal.
Diarrhea that has been caused by bacterial infection can be effectively treated by apple cider vinegar. The pectin present in apple cider vinegar adds bulk and fibrous matter. In addition, it also relieves inflammation of colon lining and sooths intestinal spasms. Mix 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a glass of water and drink twice a day for best results.
Apple cider vinegar is an effective natural remedy for treating dandruff and itching caused by bacteria and fungal infection on scalp. The anti-inflammatory of ACV helps in curing dandruff while its acidic nature helps in maintaining the pH of the scalp. In addition, it also makes the hair extremely smooth and shiny. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo, mix 2 table spoon of apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of warm water and apply it on the wet scalp and hair, massage your head for 2 minutes and let it dry, no need to wash off.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of apple cider vinegar helps in treating skin problems like acne, psoriasis and pimples. ACV helps in balancing skin pH and reducing inflammation and infection. In addition, it also absorbs excess oil from skin which is a major cause for acne and pimple break outs. Make a mixture of 1 table spoon apple cider vinegar and 2 table spoons of water and apply on face with cotton, let it dry for 15-20 minutes and wash off with cold water to have pimple-free, clear glowing skin.
Apple cider vinegar is an effective natural remedy that fights the signs of aging like age spots and marks that are caused by years of exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun. The sulfur in apple cider vinegar helps in lightening the marks to a great extent. Dab a piece of cotton with apple cider vinegar and apply on the marks before going to bed, wash of in the morning. You can dilute the vinegar with water.
Now that you know the amazing benefits of apple cider vinegar for health and beauty make sure to add to your daily diet and enjoy a healthy body and gorgeous skin that glows from within.
Devi Gajendran is a Post Graduate in Nutrition (University of Madras, Tamil Nadu) and has tons of experience in Fitness and Nutrition. She is the chief advisor and full time contributor at the Fit Indian and has the final say on all the segments under the Fit Indian paradigm, such as beauty, fitness, home remedies, diseases, diet tips, weight loss, weight gain and so on. A foodie herself, she believes in the Hippocrates quote,” Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” A fitness enthusiast, she believes that the combination of diet and exercise can work wonders. When she is not sharing her valuable knowledge about food and fitness, she likes to spend quality time with her family members, do some healthy baking and listen to soft soulful music.
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