Apple cider vinegar has been used for medicinal purposes for over 5,000 years in Egypt and Greece. Hippocrates prescribed it for coughs and colds.
What makes apple cider vinegar so great is the many healing compounds it contains including acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics, polyphenols and enzymes.
Acetic acid works as a natural antibiotic due to its ability to kill bad bacteria in the body while allowing the good bacteria to flourish, yey! In conjunction with the probiotics in apple cider vinegar, acetic acid helps kill off candida and yeast – something that many people struggle with.
The acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar can also help balance blood sugar and improve diabetes. When apple cider vinegar is consumed with a higher carbohydrate meal, it can lower post-meal blood sugar levels which can also help lower inflammation. Additionally, this study found that acetic acid in apple cider vinegar reduced body fat in mice by 10 per cent.
Polyphenols in apple cider vinegar have been shown to play a supportive role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, cancers, neurodegenerative diseases, osteoporosis and diabetes. Because apple cider vinegar increases bile production and supports the liver, it is also beneficial for lowering cholesterol. Along with lowering cholesterol, acetic acid has been shown to lower blood pressure.
Apple cider vinegar can help balance the body’s pH and as well as stimulate bowel movements and lymphatic drainage. Although vinegar itself is acidic, acetic acid has an alkaline effect on the body, which can deliver detoxifying benefits. Additionally, many would argue that alkalinity is the key to cancer prevention.
Digestive system function is also supported by the use of apple cider vinegar. The acetic acid, enzymes and probiotics in apple cider vinegar help fight acid reflux, GERD and any other digestive issues related to a lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is very easy to use. You can simply take a tablespoon of it (diluted with water for taste preference) before meals or mix it with olive oil to make a salad dressing. Apple cider vinegar enhances the nutrition of bone broth by pulling more minerals from the bone.
Apple cider vinegar might contribute to your internal health but you can also add it to your beauty regimes. Occasionally I add about 2 cups of apple cider vinegar to bath water, which benefits skin and muscles and can help to improve the proper pH level of your skin, which is naturally acidic. Also many with joint problems notice an improvement from soaking in apple cider vinegar baths. Aim to soak for 20-30 minutes.
Due to the antibacterial nature of apple cider vinegar, I also use it as a deodorant.
When purchasing apple cider vinegar, be sure to look for a brand that is organic, raw (unpasteurized) and contains the “mother”, which means it will look murky and have cob-web like strands in it. I use Bragg organic raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar.