The father of medicine, Hippocrates, used apple cider vinegar more than two thousand years ago as an antibiotic and as an antiseptic to clean wounds. Alongside him, millions of people from different cultures and countries have been using apple cider vinegar for different home remedies for ages. So what makes this type of vinegar so useful and what (scientifically proven) benefits does it have?
- Lowers Blood Sugar
Several studies have proved the abilities of apple cider vinegar to lower blood sugar, due to it containing acetic acids, which aids in decreasing glucose in the blood. One study found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed helps lowering glucose levels in the blood 4% by morning. Another study has showed that drinking apple cider vinegar mixed with water is very useful for type 2 diabetes patients because it lowers blood sugar and it is especially helpful for people in the pre-diabetic stages. Apple cider vinegar was also found to increase insulin sensitivity
- Boosts Weight Loss
Suppressing your appetite and increasing your metabolism is how apple cider vinegar helps you lose weight. It has been scientifically proven that all types of vinegar aid weight loss because they increase satiety but apple cider vinegar is the best option because it contains more minerals and vitamins. One study in Japan also showed that apple cider vinegar helps reduce belly fat and lose weight. It is, however, important to note that vinegar cannot achieve weight loss miracles without combining it with a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet.
- Reduces Dandruff
Several studies have backed up this ancient folk remedy. Yes, apple cider vinegar can get rid of dandruff because its acidity increases pH levels in the scalp, which in turn prevent yeast from growing, plus it has antifungal abilities. The best way to use it, is by diluting it in water in a 1:4 vinegar to water ratio, then soak your hair and massage your scalp with it. After that, wrap your hair for 10-15 minutes, then shower. Repeat these steps twice a week for better results.
- Acts as Detox
By balancing your pH levels, apple cider vinegar can help stimulate circulation, which encourages detoxification. Drinking apple cider vinegar diluted with water can help flush out many toxins from the body and especially the liver. It also plays a part in filtering blood and boosting the immune system.
- Relieves Symptoms of Psoriasis
One of the most common types of psoriasis is scalp psoriasis and although it does not have a treatment yet, there are some options to relieve its symptoms. Some recommend using natural home remedies for scalp psoriasis treatment, if you want to avoid the UV light therapy. Apple cider vinegar has the ability to soothe inflammation and to disinfect the skin, which can aid in relieving the itching and burning caused by scalp psoriasis. The recommended use is by pouring a mix of apple cider vinegar and water over your head in 1:1 ratio. You should, however, avoid bleeding areas because apple cider vinegar can irritate them.
- Gives Energy Boost
Apple cider vinegar was used by the Samurai for power and strength centuries ago. Drinking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with water will energize you and help you be more productive. Stress causes fatigue by filling your body with lactic acid while apple cider vinegar has amino acids that cancel the lactic acid and relieve the fatigue.
- Acts as Antibiotic
Using natural antibiotics has been encouraged a lot lately to avoid the bad side effects of the drug-based ones. Many recommend using apple cider vinegar because it contains malic acids, which are known for their antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. However, more research is needed regarding this. Also, the antibacterial properties of acetic acids in apple cider vinegar makes it a useful antibiotic.
- Always use raw organic apple cider vinegar
- Always dilute it with water before consuming it
- Avoid too much direct contact between your teeth and apple cider vinegar
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women are not recommended to use apple cider vinegar