Benefits of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar

/ 07:00 AM April 30, 2019

Every day we hear about new information regarding apple cider vinegar and all of its health benefits. Apple cider vinegar may assist in many of our normal bodily functions. Much of the information on the web leads us to believe that apple cider vinegar is a cure-all for everything, as if it’s the miracle drink that we all need to consume.

After conducting research on apple cider vinegar, it appears that many of these sites are actually advertisements for a specific apple cider vinegar brand. Because some of this information is potentially biased, it is important to gather the facts to make an educated decision on apple cider vinegar.

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This is not to deny the many benefits of drinking vinegar. We have simply concluded based on our own unbiased research that it may not be a cure-all the media has made it out to be.

What are the health benefits of apple cider vinegar?

Medical professionals of all sorts, including doctors and nurses, have something to say about the new food trend. We have collected these testimonies and look at recent studies to determine the truth about the benefits of vinegar. This article is not trying to sell you on apple cider vinegar or apple cider vinegar pills, we are just bringing forward the results of our research.

The Benefits of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar can help control your blood sugar

blood sugar

This statement is partly true and has been verified. Apple cider vinegar will not cure type 2 diabetes, but it has the ability to help lower your blood glucose levels. If you are on medication for diabetes, you can’t stop taking it, but the combination of apple cider vinegar with food and your normal medical routine can help control blood sugar levels.

Apple cider vinegar tea benefits: it can help you lose weight

lose weight

This does have some truth to it, but isn’t fully supported by the research. The acetic acid that’s in organic apple cider vinegar works against enzymes in the stomach that aid in the digestion of starch.

By blocking starch digestion, the process may prevent the calories from absorbing, thus helping with weight loss. However, research on this topic is scarce and more investigation is needed. Apple cider vinegar may help you eat less, and that can help you lose weight. The only fool-proof way to lose weight is by eating healthy, having a regular fitness routine, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Apple vinegar benefits for heart: lower your risk of heart disease?

heart disease

While this claim also needs further investigation, apple cider vinegar can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Apple cider vinegar is not a cure for heart disease. It has been proven to reduce high blood pressure and decrease abdominal fat cells. While it doesn’t directly affect heart health, by lowering the amount of triglycerides, apple cider vinegar may indirectly benefit those with risk for heart disease.

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Apple cider vinegar can help get rid of dandruff

dandruff

Some people have been using the apple cider vinegar mixed with water to get rid of dandruff.

The process to help get rid of dandruff:

  • Spray the mix on your hair
  • Let it sit for 15 minutes
  • Then rinse the mix out of your hair

This process should be repeated once or twice a week for the best results.  If you use hair dye, please be careful with this process. The apple cider vinegar may strip your hair of its color. Please use eye and skin protection as apple cider vinegar is acidic.

It can help bug bites

bug bites

Apple cider vinegar can help ease the itching and irritation of these common bug bites and skin irritants:

  • Mosquito bites
  • Poison ivy
  • Other bites or stings

Does it reduce heartburn?

heartburn

Depending on the type of heart burn you have, apple cider vinegar tablets may help. If you have ulcers or an esophagus lesion, then vinegar will make your heartburn worse. If the issue is related to something that you ate, drinking apple cider vinegar can help with heartburn.

Does apple cider vinegar cure stinky feet?

stinky feet

There have been many claims that either the pill form or liquid form of apple cider vinegar is a home remedy for stinky feet because it helps balance pH levels in your body. It does have several properties that help rid your feet of bacteria and fungus and as side effects, may help keep your feet smelling a bit more fresh!

Apple cider vinegar can help protect you from cancer

cancer

Part of this statement is true, but protection from all types of cancer is not something apple cider vinegar is capable of. It can help reduce tumors that could be cancerous, but this reaction depends a lot on the individual differences of a person. A scientific study has shown that apple cider vinegar led to decreased esophageal cancer. Apple cider vinegar is not considered a miracle cure when used to treat cancer, but it does have some benefits associated with reducing cancer risk.

Does it help freshen breath?

breath

Vinegar has a lot of antibacterial functions. Bad breath is a result of having bacteria in your mouth, but using a swig of apple cider vinegar to rinse out your mouth may not fully do the trick. What’s worse, apple cider vinegar is very acidic, and acid can damage the enamel on your teeth. Some claims have been made that apple cider vinegar can whiten your teeth, but these have been debunked and proven false. We suggest sipping the beverage with a straw to help with bad breath. Also, wait an hour before you brush your teeth after consuming to protect your teeth as much as possible

Apple cider vinegar is very nutritious

Apple cider vinegar is very nutritious

While it is true that apple cider vinegar is a nutritious food item, it is not significantly healthier than other products.

Apple cider vinegar contains:

  • 2% of daily calcium and phosphorous
  • 3% of daily iron and magnesium
  • 5% of daily potassium
  • 30% of daily manganese

Manganese is essential for many body functions and is used in bone production. It also helps with regulating blood sugar levels and producing collagen.

SUMMARY

As you can see, the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar are present, however it’s not a miracle cure to every medical diagnosis. In fact, some people have had great results and believe in it wholeheartedly, while others have had nothing but bad results. These differences are due largely in part to individual genetics and variations.

At the end of the day, it all boils down to living a healthy lifestyle. Like drinking an ice cold glass of water every morning to wake up, if you believe it is working, continue doing it. Many people report extraordinary results from apple cider vinegar, and it may be a topic to bring up with your doctor as a beneficial supplement.

Published January 1, 2019; Updated April 29, 2019.

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