For centuries people have been using vinegar for it’s health benefits. Vinegar is a diverse fluid which can be both used around the house and ingested to help boost your health.
Although there are several different types of vinegar available, including plain ol’ white vinegar, apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, red wine vinegar, and balsamic vinegar (all with various benefits), in this article we will focus on ways apple cider vinegar can improve your health.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is considered to be the King of Vinegars. Apple cider vinegar (or ACV) is rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids, which has many health benefits for the human body. ACV is created by crushing organic apples and putting them in wooden barrels to age. ACV contains nutrients such as beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, riboflavin, calcium, thiamine, and vitamins B6, C & E.
How Does it Benefit Your Health?
Apple cider vinegar has many properties which benefits the human body when consumed on a daily basis:
Breaks down mucus and phlegm
Improves kidney, liver and bladder functions
Fights infection (internally or externally)
Fights inflammation (internally or externally)
Helps with digestion, including digestive problems such as constipation
Thins blood, preventing blood clots as well as high blood pressure
Manages glucose levels
Is potassium rich (potassium is needed for your heart and other muscles to properly function)
Helps alleviate arthritis
Helps develop bone mass
Prevents and can cure athletes foot
What Can Apple Cider Vinegar Be Used For, Health-wise?
There are an assortment of illnesses and conditions which ACV can be used to treat. Although not backed by scientific studies, many people have tried these home remedies with much success.
Arthritis- The acidic properties found in apple cider vinegar dissolves crystal deposits that form between the joints of people who suffer from arthritis. ACV can be used for the various types of arthritis treatments, alleviating symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Gouty Arthritis, as well as Fibromyalgia, Reactive Arthritis, Pseudogout, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Lyme Disease, Polymyositis, Polymyalgia Rheumatica and Psoriatic Arthritis.
Diabetes- ACV has the ability to promote normal blood sugar levels, alleviating symptoms for those suffering from Type II Diabetes.
Detox- A full body detox can be achieved by ingesting ACV, which flushes out toxic wastes which have built up in your body over time. Adding 1 tsp ACV to 6 ounces of salt free vegetable juice and drink daily between meals for a full body detox.
Digestion- ACV helps regulate the body’s digestive tract, helping with weight loss, constipation and diarrhea.
Migraine Headaches- ACV helps alleviate migraine headaches, as well as other types of headaches (such as tension headaches and cluster headaches.) Apple cider vinegar can either be ingested (mixed with water and honey) or boiled with water and the vapors inhaled for migraine headache relief.
These are just a few examples of how apple cider vinegar can benefit your health. The next time your arthritis flares up or you find yourself suffering from a migraine headache, don’t bash your head against the garage door- reach into the kitchen cupboard for some apple cider vinegar. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Have you ever used apple cider vinegar to help alleviate health problems?