15 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Apple cider vinegar this! Apple cider vinegar that! Everywhere you turn your reading about apple cider vinegar. Could it be this stuff  really is an outstanding healing agent  or is it just a lot of sensationalistic news? Apple cider vinegar is one the most sought after natural healing treatments today. It rivals tea tree oil for all the applications it can be used for. Currently, it is used from everything from curing hiccups to removing cold symptoms. On a deeper level it is being used to combat deadly diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. Let’s view a little about the history of apple cider vinegar.

Historical Perspective of Apple Cider Vinegar

Flour and Vinegar

Vinegar has been around for eons and eons. Any alcholic beverage whatever its origins will turn to vinegar if exposed to air. Bacteria ever-present in the air will turn the alcohol in drinks into acetic acid which gives vinegar its well-known sour taste. Vinegar supposedly has been on the historical scene since around 5000 B.C. when Babylonians used date palm to make wine and vinegar. They also used it as a pickling agent or preserver for food.  Traces of vinegar next pop up in ancient Egyptian urns dated 3000 B.C. We next find the weary traveler showing up in texts of  China dated 1200 B.C.  It’s mentioned in the Old Testament and New Testament of the bible. Specifically,in Ruth 2:14 (Old Testament) invited Boaz to eat some bread and dip it in vinegar. Finally, vinegar is referenced in Greece, in 400 B.C., Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, prescribed apple cider vinegar mixed with honey for various ailments such as colds and coughs.

1.) Oh I feel Sick To My Stomach

The Oil Can Get Rid of Intestinal Parasites and Worms

You feel that faint trace of nausea gurgling up in your stomach. You know full well it’s going to mushroom into a full blown upset stomach. What do you do to stop it from reaching that  point? Well. get some apple cider vinegar and down it. What you exclaim! Apple cider vinegar that will make me throw up for certain. Quite to the contrary it will calm the upset stomach. It has antibacterial properties that will kill that upset stomach. Be sure to mix it with water. It can also combat diarrhea if the diarrhea is caused by a bacterial infection. Home remedy xperts interject that apple cider vinegar can help cure intestinal spasms because it contains pectin (a soluble gelatinous polysaccharide that is contained in fruits and is extracted from the fruits. It’s used as a setting agent in jams and jellies.) For these spasms try mixing one or two tablespoons of water or a pure juice like apple juice.

2.) Hiccups Gone!

Hiccups Gone!

Believe it or not apple cider vinegar has been known to cure hiccups. This may be a radical approach to relieve them. But if it works why not. Take a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar straight down and it’s guaranteed the sour taste will kill any hiccups in no time. One industrious teenager created a lollipop that includes apple cider vinegar. It’s supposed to cancel out the spasms in the throat by overstimulating them.

3.) Ouch! A Sore Throat

Ouch! A Sore Throat

Once you begin to feel a sore throat wrap it’s ugly fingers around the throat whip out that apple cider vinegar. The acidic of the vinegar will kill any throat infection in time. It’s a known fact that most germs cannot survive in the deadly acidic environment vinegar creates. Mix a ¼ cup of  apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup of warm water and gargle with it every hour. If you can stand the taste of the diluted vinegar every hour it should help your sore throat die out shortly. All that vinegar can do nothing but kill those infectious throat germs.

4.) Apple Cider Vinegar May Relieve Cholesterol Maybe

Apple Cider Vinegar May Relieve Cholesterol Maybe

It has been reported in a study  conducted in 2006, lowered bad cholesterol in rats. ( Wow-rats can get high cholesterol too) Remember this was in rats and not humans which is a big difference. A study conducted in Japan found that an ½ ounce of apple cider vinegar  lowered cholesterol in people who participated in the panel. This benefit hasn’t been proven to be verified. There is further research that needs to be done to prove this benefit really is legitimate that apple cider vinegar will help reduce cholesterol in humans. The research done in 2006 was done on rats which by no means translates that apple cider vinegar will reduce cholesterol in humans. This may take sometime to prove a valid benefit.

5.) I Can’t Believe I Ate the Whole Thing

Still That Stomach

Apple Cider Vinegar can help with indigestion. The trick is you have to drink the apple cider vinegar 30 minutes before you dine. This is in the event that you are going to eat foods you will regret later. Add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey to a glass of warm water. This is a folk remedy and it really isn’t a guarantee that it will prevent indigestion when it hits after eating the food that could cause you to have an upset stomach. So what is being said here is don’t depend on apple cider vinegar and honey to keep you from getting an upset stomach from eating food that would make you sick in the first place. The best advice would be to stay away from food that you know will upset your stomach and save yourself a lot of misery.

6.) Aids in Stuffy Nose

Easy Breathing Booster

This may be another folk remedy because there is no scientific evidence to support this treatment is authentic. If you are suffering from a stuffy nose due to a cold than apple cider vinegar may be the cure for you. Get some apple cider vinegar and pour about one teaspoon of vinegar into a glass of water. Apple cider vinegar contains potassium which is able to thin mucus; the acetic acid, in the apple cider vinegar, will prevent germ growth which will contribute heavily to nasal congestion. This mixture will help to drain sinus congestion. It’s advised to consult your health medical professional before you try this home remedy. There really is no sound clinical support to verify this treatment will stop a runny nose and drain sinus congestion due to the common cold.

7.) Drink Those Pounds Away

Drink Those Pounds Away

Apple cider vinegar may help you lose weight. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid which will suppress the appetite, increases the metabolism, and reduces water retention. All these factors will contribute to weight loss. Theoretically, it’s is believed that apple cider vinegar may interfere with the digestion of starch which will lead to fewer calories entering the bloodstream. This remedy is still in the theoretical stage. It has been theorized that apple cider vinegar will help you lose weight but there is no solid proof that apple cider vinegar will help you lose weight.

8.) Dandruff Flakes Gone

Dandruff Flakes Gone

Dr.Oz, states on his website that apple cider vinegar can help to remove dandruff. It’s claimed that the acidity found in apple cider vinegar changes the pH of the scalp making it harder for yeast to grow. Mix ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup water in a spray bottle and spritz (spray short, quick bursts on something) on the scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let the mixture sit on the scalp for 15 minutes to an hour then wash your hair as normal. Apply this treatment twice a week for best results. This is another remedy that hasn’t been proven scientifically and needs more research to verify its validity. It’s advised to check with your healthcare professional before you try this dandruff application. It has been endorsed by Dr. Oz but it still needs to be clinically proven.

9.) Rescued From Acne

The Grand Old Acne Fighter

No one likes to have a face or any part of the body covered in acne. Especially, teenagers who are at the age where peer pressure is their whole world. Nothing is worse for a teenager than having to deal with acne. You know you look in the mirror and they look magnified 100 times their real size. You know you hate that acne staring back at you in the mirror. Don’t fret because apple cider vinegar could help with the acne problem. It may be able to clear your face in record time. Apple cider vinegar is a great natural toner which may act as a natural home remedy to eradicate that unsightly acne. It can leave the skin looking clean and healthy; it has powerful antibacterial properties that will keep the acne under control and the malic and lactic acids, contained in apple cider vinegar, will exfoliate the skin, reduce the red spots caused by acne, and balance the pH of your skin.

10.) Away with those Nighttime Leg Cramps

Away with those Nighttime Leg Cramps

You are getting ready for a much deserved peaceful night of sleep. You are just about to nod off into dreamland when that dagger-like cramp slams your leg with full force. It feels like a hammer is pounding the back of your leg relentlessly. There goes your much anticipated night of sleep. You know though you don’t have to suffer through a night of painful leg cramps; apple cider vinegar is very high in potassium (leg cramps are a sign of potassium deficiency) which can raise the levels of potassium in the body reducing the risk of leg cramps. Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with one teaspoon of honey in warm water then drink it to relieve the nighttime cramps. Possibly by the time you limp to the kitchen to prepare the drink the cramp will have been walked off. But the apple cider vinegar is a good home remedy to use to alleviate those painful nighttime cramps.

11.) I Can Smell Your Bad Breath a Block Away

I Can Smell Your Bad Breath a Block Away

So, you just got down eating a liver and onion dinner. Your breath is so bad you could burn down a tree with it. You find yourself sitting directly across from your childhood best friend. You two are so close you don’t hide any secrets from one another. If you need to be told something this is the person who will tell you the absolute truth. Shortly, into an animated conversation your friend face slowly distorts into a painful twist. “What’s wrong you ask?” “Nothing, they mutter.”  By this time they are plugging their nose and gasping for breath! Now, you are in a full blown panic as you think there is something seriously wrong with your bosom buddy. “What is it you scream? Are you having trouble breathing?” “Yes” they sheepily reply. “Your breath smells like a sewer and I can’t breath anymore.” Relieved you ask them why didn’t you say so in the first place.

Now, comes the part where apple cider vinegar can help with the bad breath. If you find that mouthwash and brushing the teeth regularly just isn’t doing the trick then try some apple cider vinegar. This may leave a bad aftertaste in your mouth and hopefully your breath don’t smell worse after you apply this treatment. It shouldn’t because the whole point of this treatment is to kill bad breath odors. Gargle with apple cider vinegar or drink a teaspoon diluted with water. It should kill odor causing bacteria.

12.) Whiten Your Teeth

How Can You Whiten Teeth Naturally?

Apple cider vinegar is one of those rare natural home remedies that can help whiten the teeth. Gargle with apple cider vinegar in the morning then brush your teeth as usual. The vinegar is able to whiten your teeth, kill bacteria in the mouth and on the gums. You may also consider brushing your teeth with baking soda which will whiten the teeth, and kill bacteria in the mouth and on the gums. Use it like regular toothpaste. If the gums are getting sensitive try brushing with salt every other day. The salt will toughen up the gums.

13.) What Dark Bruises

What Dark Bruises

Your body is full of bruises from when you rolled down the mountain instead of skiing down it. Your body looks like a fully inflated punching bag. You feel like a punching bag too. But don’t despair because apple cider vinegar may help with bruises too. Apple cider vinegar has potent anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce the inflammation caused by bruises. It will also reduce the swelling and fade the discoloration caused by the bruising. All you have to do is dab or lay a apple vinegar soaked compress on the bruise and watch it fade away.

14.) Balanced Blood Sugar Levels

Increases Blood Flow.

It’s possible that apple cider vinegar may be able to control blood sugar levels in people suffering with diabetes. It means that it may be able to keep these critical levels balanced. The apple cider vinegar would have to be applied orally. Several studies have concluded that the vinegar may help stabilize blood sugar levels. The studies showed there may be a link between the two.

One study found that people with, type 2 diabetes, who didn’t take insulin but took 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime; would wake up in the morning with lower glucose levels. Another study out of Arizona University, showed that insulin-resistant people who drank a mixture of apple cider vinegar with water; before eating a high carbohydrate meal had lower blood sugar levels afterward. These findings could be limited to people who are resistant to insulin and then have to eat a high carbohydrate meal. Scientists believe the antiglycemic effect of the acid in the apple cider vinegar is the key. These are preliminary studies that don’t necessarily prove that apple cider vinegar can balance blood sugar levels. But these early findings are promising.

15.) Get rid of Painful Acid Reflux and Heartburn

Get rid of Painful Acid Reflux and Heartburn

An imbalanced pH and a lack of enzymes and probiotics  in the stomach are the main causes for acid reflux and heartburn. Acid reflux if left untreated could lead to esophagus cancer. Heartburn is just plain old painful. Apple cider vinegar is full of all these missing nutrients. If you add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to water and then drink it five minutes before meals it may cure acid reflux and heartburn.

Conclusion

We have read about some amazing benefits of applying apple cider vinegar to various health issues. Some of the results can be very significant if these methods are followed as stated. But always check with your doctor if these conditions only seem to get worse overtime and the apple cider vinegar remedies don’t seem to be working. Apple cider vinegar natural home remedies have many beneficial applications that can keep you healthy and happy for ears to come.

Some of the remedies discussed are proven methods that have been supported by scientific research and others are still in the investigative stage. Remember that these apple cider vinegar treatments will affect people differently. Some may experience healing from ailments with them while others may not be affected. Just try the method you feel comfortable with and see what will happen.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.