Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits: Day-To-Day Uses And More

Date
May
27
2022
Compiled By Otella Ritzy
Medically Reviewed By M Lieberman, [MD] FACT CHECKED

You might be using apple cider vinegar for various purposes in the kitchen like cooking, salad dressing, etc.

But, do you know, Apple cider vinegar has been a potential medicine for several health issues over the years? This is because fermentation of the apple juice leads to the creation of apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar making involves a two-step process and requires two microorganisms to support the making. At first, the makers introduce yeast to the crushed apples that convert the crushed apple’s sugar into alcohol by fermentation.

The fermented alcohol is converted to acetic acid (the main active compound in Apple cider vinegar) using certain bacteria. As a result, apple cider vinegar contains many vitamins and minerals that could play a vital role in keeping you healthy.

Moreover, several people worldwide have claimed that Apple cider vinegar would help relieve multiple health ailments. Hence, in this article, you will know several known benefits of apple cider vinegar.

Not to miss, you can also drink apple cider vinegar while following intermittent fasting, and it will not break your fast.

10 Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. May Have Several Healthy Content

    Organic and less processed apple cider vinegar contains a highly nutritious substance called “mother.”

    It is believed that the mother is highly rich in protein strands, enzymes, and many friendly bacteria that could offer health benefits to an individual.

    Alongside the “mother,” the acetic acid content in the apple cider vinegar ranges between 5-6%. This percentage of acetic acid would be sufficient enough to keep you healthy.

    Moreover, the apple cider vinegar isn’t lacking in vitamin and mineral content.

    It contains valuable vitamins like Vitamin B1, B2, B6, and C alongside many micro and macronutrients like sodium, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, and magnesium.

  2. May Promote Weight Loss

    Apple cider vinegar is believed to be responsible for weight loss. The antioxidant and acetic acid content in apple cider vinegar play a significant role in promoting[1] weight loss.

    If you consume small shots of Apple cider vinegar with your diet, it may keep you full for a more extended period and reduce your calorie intake.

    The acetate may control the brain to suppress the appetite and desire to eat more food. It may also play a role in reducing the belly and liver fat storage capacity.

    Further, the slightly acidic nature of acetic acid may help burn fat in humans. But, it would be best if you do not consume apple cider vinegar in large amounts as it may cause burning sensations in your body.

    Hence, you could say that consuming apple cider vinegar regularly might help you achieve a monthly quota of fat loss.

    Its natural fat loss property has been acknowledged in this[2] paper as well.

  3. May Protect Against Pathogens

    Apple cider vinegar has an antibacterial and anti-pathogenic activity; hence, they restrict the growth of pathogens and preserve the food for extended periods.

    Previously, people used apple cider vinegar as a cleansing agent and disinfectant[3]. They used the vinegar to treat several external problems like nail fungus, lice, warts, and ear infections.

    Moreover, centuries ago, people may have applied apple cider vinegar to their wounds. Another advantage linked to apple cider vinegar is it helps to fight against acne.

    A limited study has shown that applying apple cider vinegar to the face may reduce acne.

  4. May Help To Lower Blood Sugar Level

    High blood sugar has been a significant concern for several men and women worldwide. The elevated blood sugar level might create several unwanted health risks.

    Here, Apple cider vinegar could be a potential method[4] to improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar responses.

    Apple cider vinegar could be a helpful remedy for people with type 2 and type 1 diabetes. But, the vinegar might take at least 8-12 weeks to slightly lower your blood sugar level.

    Moreover, the apple cider vinegar won’t control the sugar alone, hence, other habits to maintain sugar levels are also essential to keep the sugar level balanced.

  5. May Keep The Blood Pressure Normal

    Apple cider vinegar may be responsible for controlling the elevating blood pressure. It is believed that apple cider vinegar controls renin, a hormone that regulates the constriction and dilation of blood vessels.

    In the case of constricted vessels, you may experience high blood pressure. Here, the apple cider vinegar would relax the constricted vessels, lowering the blood pressure.

  6. May Manage The Cholesterol Level

    Several studies[5] have mentioned that drinking a shot of apple cider vinegar before a meal helps control the body’s cholesterol level.

    It is believed that the antioxidants present in apple cider vinegar help to reduce the LDL (bad cholesterol) level and increase the HDL (good cholesterol) in the body.

    You should take diluted apple cider vinegar regularly for at least 8-12 weeks to observe any significant difference in the cholesterol level.

  7. May Improve Skin Health

    Apple cider vinegar is widely used across the globe to treat several skin conditions like dry skin, eczema, etc. It is believed that vinegar could act as a moisturizer for your skin.

    Naturally, human skin tends to be slightly acidic, which leads to chronic dryness. Here, Apple cider vinegar could help to balance the acidic pH and improve the natural skin barrier.

    In the case of eczema, alkaline soap on the skin could worsen the situation. The antimicrobial properties of apple cider vinegar could be excellent for preventing further skin infections.

    But, it is always advised to apply apple cider vinegar in diluted form to balance its acidic nature.

  8. May Ease Acid Reflux

    Gastroesophageal reflux or acid reflux disease could be annoying and unpleasant for people. Here, Apple cider vinegar might have a role to play, as several people consider it a potential remedy for acid reflux.

    The claim isn’t proven yet, but the experiences from consumers have suggested that apple cider vinegar could calm acid reflux.

    The “mother” or the yeast present in apple cider vinegar may be a natural probiotic to reduce acid reflux.

    Hence, you could have a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in lukewarm water before or after a meal to melt down the condition.

  9. Could Help To Heal Cuts And Wounds

    You might have used honey, sugar, etc., to treat cuts and wounds on the body. But, Apple cider vinegar could be a potential healer of cuts and wounds.

    The vinegar has anti-itching properties[6] that may allow cuts and wounds to heal quickly. Moreover, the antimicrobial property of Apple cider vinegar would not allow bacteria or fungus to grow on the cuts or wounds.

    Hence, the healing process gets unaffected by applying apple cider vinegar. Never apply concentrated vinegar as it may cause burns over the wound.

    Hence, take a tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar, and dilute it in warm water to balance its acidic nature. Now, gently apply the diluted vinegar over the cuts and wounds using cotton or a smooth cloth.

  10. May Reduce Hair Fall

    Apple cider vinegar is considered a helpful remedy to control vigorous hair fall. The ACV is highly rich in nutrients that promote hair growth and reduce falls.

    Moreover, the natural nutrients in the apple cider vinegar are diuretic; hence, they protect the hair from thinning. By applying apple cider vinegar to hair, you could keep the hair thick and strong.

    You should apply diluted apple cider vinegar directly and rinse it after 15 minutes for better results.

Conclusion

Apple cider vinegar isn’t just an ingredient in the kitchen but more like a healer at the house. A daily shot of Apple cider vinegar could let you fight against many common but hazardous health conditions.

But, it might show some side effects during regular consumption or allergic reactions in some people. So, you should consult the doctor first before including apple cider vinegar in your diet.

+6 References/Sources

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  1. Tomoo Kondo, Mikiya Kishi, Takashi Fushimi, Shinobu Ugajin, Takayuki Kaga. Vinegar intake reduces body weight, body fat mass, and serum triglyceride levels in obese Japanese subjects. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2009 Aug;73(8):1837-43. doi: 10.1271/bbb.90231. Epub 2009 Aug 7. Available from: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19661687/.
  2. Robert H. Shmerling, MD, Senior Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing. Apple cider vinegar diet: Does it really work? October 29, 2020. Available from: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/apple-cider-vinegar-diet-does-it-really-work-2018042513703.
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  5. Amir Hadi, Makan Pourmasoumi, Ameneh Najafgholizadeh, Cain C. T. Clark, Ahmad Esmaillzadeh. The effect of apple cider vinegar on lipid profiles and glycemic parameters: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials. BMC Complement Med Ther. 2021; 21: 179. Published online 2021 Jun 29. doi: 10.1186/s12906-021-03351-w.
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