13+ Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar benefits are plentiful. Its wide-ranging uses (rivaling the number of uses of tea tree oil and other nifty natural helpers) include everything from curing hiccups to alleviating cold symptoms, and some people have turned to apple cider vinegar to help fight diabetes, cancer, heart problems, high cholesterol, and weight issues. Read on for more reasons to keep apple cider vinegar handy in your pantry.

Adapted by Alyssa Jung from Kitchen Cabinet Cures (Reader's Digest Association Books)
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    Apple cider vinegar helps tummy troubles.

    Sip some apple cider vinegar mixed with water. If a bacterial infection is at the root of your diarrhea, apple cider vinegar could help contain the problem, thanks to its antibiotic properties. What's more, some folk remedy experts contend that apple cider vinegar contains pectin, which can help soothe intestinal spasms. Try mixing one or two tablespoons into water, or clear juice like apple juice.

    Apple cider vinegar cures hiccups.

    Take a teaspoonful of apple cider vinegar; its sour taste could stop a hiccup in its tracks. One teen took the hiccup remedy further and created a lollipop that includes apple cider vinegar, which she says "cancels out the message to hiccup" by overstimulating the nerves in the throat responsible for the spasms.

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    Apple cider vinegar soothes a sore throat.

    As soon as you feel the prickle of a sore throat, employ germ-busting apple cider vinegar to help head off the infection at the pass. Turns out, most germs can't survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Just mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.

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    Apple cider vinegar could lower cholesterol.

    More research is needed to definitively link apple cider vinegar and its capability to lower cholesterol in humans, but one 2006 study found that the acetic acid in the vinegar lowered bad cholesterol in rats. Also, a Japanese study found that half an ounce of apple cider vinegar a day lowered cholesterol in people who participated in the panel.

    Apple cider vinegar prevents indigestion.

    Sip before eating, especially if you know you're going to indulge in foods that will make you sorry later. Try this folk remedy: add 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before you dine.

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    Apple cider vinegar clears a stuffy nose.

    Next time you're stuffed up, grab the apple cider vinegar. It contains potassium, which thins mucus; and the acetic acid in it prevents bacteria growth, which could contribute to nasal congestion. Mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink to help sinus drainage.

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    Apple cider vinegar aids in weight loss.

    Apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. Here's why: The acetic acid suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention. Scientists also theorize that apple cider vinegar interferes with the body's digestion of starch, which means fewer calories enter the bloodstream.

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    Apple cider vinegar gets rid of dandruff.

    On his website, Dr. Mehmet Oz recommends apple cider vinegar as a dandruff treatment. The acidity of apple cider vinegar changes the pH of your scalp, making it harder for yeast to grow. Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup water in a spray bottle, and spritz on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let sit for 15 minutes to an hour, then wash your hair as usual. Do this twice a week for best results.

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    Apple cider vinegar clears acne.

    Apple cider vinegar makes a great natural toner that can leave skin looking healthier. Its antibacterial properties help keep acne under control, and the malic and lactic acids found in apple cider vinegar soften and exfoliate skin, reduce red spots, and balance the pH of your skin.

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    Apple cider vinegar boosts energy.

    Exercise and sometimes extreme stress cause lactic acid to build up in the body, causing fatigue. Interestingly, the amino acids contained in apple cider vinegar act as an antidote. What's more, apple cider vinegar contains potassium and enzymes that may relieve that tired feeling. Next time you're beat, add a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar to a glass of chilled vegetable drink or to a glass of water.

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    Apple cider vinegar cuts down on nighttime leg cramps.

    Leg cramps can often be a sign that you're low in potassium. Since apple cider vinegar is high in it, one home remedy suggests mixing 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon honey to a glass of warm water and drink to relieve nighttime leg cramps. Of course, by the time you walk to the kitchen to put the drink together, your cramp is likely to be history—but maybe that's the point.

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    Apple cider vinegar banishes bad breath.

    If proper brushing and mouthwash doesn't do the trick, try the home remedy of using apple cider vinegar to control bad breath. Gargle with it, or drink a teaspoon (diluted with water if you prefer) to kill odor-causing bacteria.

    Apple cider vinegar whitens teeth.

    Gargle with apple cider vinegar in the morning. The vinegar helps remove stains, whiten teeth, and kill bacteria in your mouth and gums. Brush as usual after you gargle. You can also brush your teeth with baking soda once a week to help remove stains and whiten your teeth; use it just as you would toothpaste. You can also use salt as an alternative toothpaste. If your gums start to feel raw, switch to brushing with salt every other day.

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    Apple cider vinegar fades bruises.

    Apple cider vinegar has anti-inflammatory properties; dabbing or laying an apple cider vinegar compress on a bruise can help fade the discoloration.

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    Apple cider vinegar helps control blood sugar.

    A few swigs of apple cider vinegar could help keep your blood sugar levels balanced, according to several studies that have shown a link between the two. One study of people with type 2 diabetes who weren't taking insulin found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed resulted in lower glucose levels by morning. Another study at the Arizona State University found that insulin resistant people who drank a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water before eating a high carbohydrate meal had lower blood sugar afterward. Scientists think the antiglycemic effect of the acid is the key.

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    • Tomas kennedy

      Have you seen this? bellyreduction.net

    • Manpreet Singh

      Is it true, that apple cider vinegar cures infertility ??

    • ANYARE?

      Honey or Stevia are great, I prefer cold distilled water.

    • John

      Speaking bio-chemically, you have identified the benefits of acetic acid which is part any vinegar including the common household type and potassium which is part of any plant produce.
      Why keeping it to apple cider only?

    • Karla

      I can’t stand the taste of the Apple Cider Vinegar, but have found concentrated ACV tablets at Whole Foods Market with no taste . The bottle says 1 tablet = 1.5 teaspoons of ACV. (250 mg concentrate, 35% acetic acid) Does anyone know if that has the same benefits?

    • Anvar Hussain

      In my locality, only available American Garden Apple Cider Vinegar. Is this brand is good ?

    • Hiroshi Yamamoto

      Well, I’m drinking now ice cold alcoholic Irish cider :)

    • Sandy

      I have recently been diagnosed with kidney cancer and am going to have to have it removed, I have heard that apple cider vinegar is good for keeping the other kidney cleaned out and healthy. Is that true?

    • Gracia Balolong Singson

      i hope the apple cider vinegar help my hypertension…

    • Gracia Balolong Singson

      i have a hypertension what can i do?…