It seems that whenever I look up natural remedies for different ailments and conditions, apple cider vinegar is listed as a treatment. It’s often touted as a miracle cure, and I’m starting to believe that it really is.
The benefits of apple cider vinegar come from the healing compounds it contains, including probiotics, enzymes, and minerals. Despite its acidic taste, it is alkaline in nature and can help alkalize the body, and it’s difficult for diseases to thrive in an alkaline state.
I like to add apple cider vinegar to my tea, mix it in to salad dressing, and use it in marinades. One tablespoon of it in a glass of water or herbal day each day is all you need to reap its many benefits. Don’t try to drink it straight, as it’s a little too harsh for on throat unless it’s been diluted. Listed below are just a few of the many reasons to include apple cider vinegar in your daily routine.
- Helps Regular Blood Sugar – Studies have shown that the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar can increase insulin sensitivity and can lower blood sugar responses during meals. Drinking it before bedtime can help reduce fasting blood sugar.
- It Helps Lower Blood Pressure – Because of its potassium content, apple cider vinegar helps to balance the body’s sodium content and maintain an optimal blood pressure. It also contains magnesium, which can help relax walls of blood vessels, which can also lower blood pressure.
- It Can Help Lower Cholesterol – In addition to lowering blood pressure, it helps lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. The antioxidants found in apple cider vinegar can also prevent LDL cholesterol particles from being oxidized, so can it help prevent heart disease.
- It Can Fight Free Radical Damage – Free radicals in the body can cause oxidative damage to cells and tissues in the body, and can result in just about any disease you can think of, including arthritis, autoimmune disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer. The antioxidants in apple cider vinegar help to reduce free radicals in the body.
- It Can Help Prevent Osteoporosis – The calcium content in apple cider vinegar can help strengthen bones.
- It Can Stop Acid Reflux and Heartburn – The enzymes and probiotics found in apple cider vinegar can stop heartburn in its tracks. Take a tablespoon of it in a glass of water when the symptoms start can help alleviate discomfort.
- It Helps with Digestion – Just as it helps with heartburn, apple cider vinegar can help with other digestive ailments such as gas, bloating, and indigestion. It can aid in increasing the stomach’s acidity levels, and the healthy acids help in the digestion process. It also helps fight bad bacteria, and it acts as a prebiotic for good bacteria in the gut.
- It Soothes a Sore Throat – The antibacterial properties found in apple cider vinegar can help cure sore throats. Mix it in with tea along with a little lemon juice, or add it to water with a little salt and gargle with it.
- It Can Clear a Stuffy Nose – Apple cider vinegar can help thin mucus, so it’s good for clearing a stuffing nose and preventing a sinus infection. I like to add to it my Sinus Buster Tea when I have a cold. Steaming it can also help open the nasal passages. Just steam a pot of water and add a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Place your head over the pot with a towel draped over it, and breath in the steam.
- It Can Aid in Weight Loss – Apple cider vinegar can help you feel full, which can help with weight loss. The enzymes in it can help speed up metabolism and burn fat, too.
It’s beneficial for the skin, as well. It’s good at alleviating sunburn pain, clearing up acne, relieve the itching of insect bites, diminishing the appearance of bruises, and it can help even out skin tone, too. It’s also great for hair and can be used as a shampoo. It’s known to remove product buildup, encourage hair growth, remove tangles, prevent split ends, and strengthen strands. It’s said to help whiten teeth, too.
When buying apple cider vinegar, I suggest looking for the raw, organic, unfiltered variety. My favorite brand is Bragg.