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What is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For?

Updated on September 9, 2014

Apple cider vinegar is a kind of amber-colored vinegar made from apple must or apple cider. It is commonly used in marinades, salad dressings and preservatives, etc. Apple cider vinegar has nutritive and medicinal qualities that help treat varied health problems ranging from skin and hair problems to the common cold.

Apple cider vinegar can be used in the topical form; it can be drunk along with honey as a tonic; or it can be added to the meals in a variety of ways.

It is important to note that using apple cider vinegar in the topical or oral form can cause skin irritation and other side effects. It is therefore best to consult a doctor before using it.

Apple cider vinegar: Benefits for hair

Apple cider vinegar provides the following benefits for hair:

  • Using apple cider vinegar in the correct concentration is a great way to naturally treat dandruff problem. It is better than using expensive solutions full of harsh chemicals. It also solves the dandruff issue in a relatively shorter time frame.
  • Applying diluted apple cider vinegar on moist hair is one of the best ways to get soft, lustrous, and tangle-free easily manageable hair. After washing your hair with a good shampoo rinse it with apple cider vinegar solution to get shiny flowing hair.
  • Apple cider vinegar has vital minerals and vitamins and hence promotes thicker hair growth. Rinse the hair with a mixture of water, apple cider vinegar, and sage essential oil before shampooing to get rich healthy hair.
  • A solution of apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil can help treat and destroy head lice in children.
  • Lack of vital salts is what causes hair loss. Using apple cider vinegar on a regular basis can restore the balance of nutrients and thus help the regrowth of lost hair. Results can be observed after two months of regular use.

Apple cider vinegar: Benefits for skin

Apple cider vinegar provides the following benefits for the skin:

  • Apple cider vinegar can be used to treat liver spots or age spots. Liver spots are discolored patches that form on the skin as one ages. Patients may use apple cider vinegar in the oral or topical form to remove age spots.
  • The disinfecting, antibacterial and detoxifying properties of apple cider vinegar can help fight and eliminate acne. Topical use of diluted apple cider vinegar helps clean the pores and remove bacteria and surplus oil present in the skin. It also decreases inflammation and swelling as well as lowers the chances of acne recurrence.
  • Topical use of apple cider vinegar can also treat insect bites. It helps decrease swelling and alleviate other associated signs and symptoms.
  • Topical use of apple cider vinegar can help get rid of nail fungus.
  • Using a mixture of massage oil and apple cider vinegar can help decrease cellulite.

Other health benefits and uses of apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is full of vitamins, pectin, beta-carotene and essential minerals like potassium, magnesium, sodium, calcium, chlorine, phosphorus, sulfur, fluorine and iron. It can therefore be used to treat a variety of health problems as listed below:

  • Cough and cold: Drinking a mixture of honey, apple cider vinegar and warm water, three times a day, can help relieve the symptoms of cough, the common cold and sore throat. Adding mashed ginger to this solution can further increase its medicinal qualities, which can then be used to alleviate a stuffy nose and congestion.
  • Cholesterol: Studies have shown that intake of apple cider vinegar can help reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides as well as increase HDL cholesterol, thereby enhancing the lipid profile. This can then help prevent and/or manage complications in diabetic patients.
  • Acid reflux: Indigestion is caused due to lowered stomach acid content. Intake of a solution of warm water and apple cider vinegar, before or during meals, can help reestablish the acid balance in the stomach, thereby enhancing digestion and also resolving heartburn and acid reflux.
  • Blood sugar: Research has indicated that raw apple cider vinegar has anti-glycemic properties. It can help maintain the levels of blood sugar by enhancing sensitivity to insulin, thereby proving to be very useful in people with insulin resistance. Other studies have provided conflicting results and hence diabetic patients may only take apple cider vinegar after consulting a doctor.
  • Bone health: Apple cider vinegar helps in dissolving acid crystals present in joints and remove it from the body. In addition to this, the abundance of essential minerals makes apple cider vinegar a great natural medicine for preserving bone health, alleviating joint stiffness and pain caused by gout and arthritis, and preventing the onset of osteoporosis and other degenerative diseases of the bones.
  • Loss of weight: Intake of apple cider vinegar mixed in warm water can help lower weight and maintain a healthy weight. The manner of weight loss is currently unknown. Some medical experts believe that apple cider vinegar works by promoting satiety levels, lowering water retention and appetite, and burning calories. Others think that it enhances weight loss by increasing the metabolism rate.
  • Infection: Apple cider vinegar has antiseptic properties and thus helps fight fungal and bacterial infections. Its 2 primary organic acid components, i.e., malic acid and acetic acid, respectively help destroy germs like fungus and bacteria and preserve pH levels in blood. Apple cider vinegar can thus be used in oral or topical form to treat bladder, ear, and kidney infections, candidiasis, and kidney stones, etc., as well as to detoxify the liver and kidneys and improve their function and overall health.
  • Warts: Direct application of apple cider vinegar (ACV) in concentrated form on warts and surrounding skin can help eliminate warts. Apply ACV on a daily basis till the warts are fully destroyed.
  • Cancer: Apple cider vinegar has antioxidant and antitumor properties. It can thus be used to neutralize the effect of free radicals and reduce oxidative damage. Research is currently on about ACV’s effect on cancer control and prevention.
  • Cramps: The abundant mineral content in apple cider vinegar can help alleviate muscle pain and night cramps. Drinking a solution of warm water and apple cider vinegar every night can help lower the severity and frequency of leg cramps and the related pain.

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