Many people use apple cider vinegar on a daily basis especially in cooking and cleaning, without even being aware of its incredible properties. It is one of the most efficacious natural remedies, which aids various health issues.

Although it has been used for centuries in the treatment of different ailments and diseases, some of its curable effects haven’t been proven yet.

The way apple cider vinegar is made:

ACV requires two fermentation processes. It starts with squeezing out the apples and adding yeast. As a result, the first (alcoholic) fermentation occurs, turning the sugars into alcohol. Then, acetobacter (acid-forming) bacteria are added, causing the second fermentation, which turns the alcohol into acetic acid.

So, the main active ingredient in apple cider vinegar is acetic acid. Unfiltered and organic ACV also contains enzymes, proteins, antioxidants, amino-acids and good bacteria. But, it is extremely low in calories and it doesn’t contain any vitamins or minerals, except for a low amount of potassium.

What are the health benefits of using apple cider vinegar?

1. Obesity

If you want to lose some extra weight, start consuming ACV. It increases satiety and makes you eat fewer calories. It also stimulates the genes that are responsible for production of enzymes, which burn fat and prevent obesity. However, note that apart from its weight-loss effects it can’t definitely fix your problem. So, make sure you do regular exercises and cut down on unhealthy and sugary foods as well.

2. Gastrointestinal problems

If you suffer from ulcers, colitis or reflux, use ACV to boost the gut microbiome. It will promote the multiplication of the good bacteria and balance the pH levels in the blood. It is also useful for relieving digestion problems and treating gastrointestinal diseases.

3. Diabetes

Individuals that have high or pre-diabetic blood sugar levels should consume this ingredient pretty often. Its effects on this health issue have been scientifically proven, so for better results, scientists advise taking ACV before your meals. This will improve insulin sensitivity, and lower the blood sugar responses.

4. Detoxifying properties

Apple cider vinegar is abundant in antioxidants which promote the homeostatic function and detoxify the whole lymphatic system. It fights the free-radicals and improves the function of all systems in the body.

5. Cardiovascular diseases

It is also known to prevent cardiovascular problems and lower the risks of heart stroke and heart attack. Moreover, owing to its antioxidant properties, it can prevent the oxidation of the LDL- cholesterol particles, which is another crucial factor in treating and preventing heart diseases.

6. Dermatological problems

It is also highly efficacious in treating skin issues, such as warts, bug bites, sunburns, toenail fungus, acne, rashes, burns, poison ivy, wounds, dandruff and Athlete’s foot.

In addition, ACV can kill all pathogen bacteria and treat various infectious diseases.

7. Cancer

It has been discovered that ACV can initiate apoptosis in cancer patients. Taking into consideration that cancer cells multiply with incredible speed, the process of apoptosis prevents their further development and causes their destruction. Additionally, it prevents and treats various cancer types, like breast, bladder, lung, colon and prostate cancer.

Note that its cancer-fighting effects require further research.

Finally, apart from its intake for health purposes, ACV can be used as a delicious addition to all your meals, including salads, pickles and marinades dressing. So, make sure you frequently include this tasty and beneficial ingredient into your daily diet.

Reference:

  1. www.webmd.com