Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits for Your Health, Hair, and More

Apple cider vinegar is not a new invention by any means. It may be the latest “food trend” these days, but this soured apple juice has been used as a natural remedy for everything from stomach cramps to weight loss to blood poisoning, and for thousands of years. It remains to be seen whether this tangy concoction is super effective at remedying every one of those things, but the many benefits of apple cider vinegar are definitely not to be overlooked. 

What is apple cider vinegar?

If we had to distill (get it?) apple cider vinegar down to a high-level definition, we would say that it’s basically just apple juice that’s gone bad. Essentially, it is made by using fermenting the sugar from apples. Other elements are added that help it to ferment further and become alcoholic, then non-alcoholic in turn. Things like bacteria and yeast, which eventually convert it to a sour-tasting, very acidic vinegar. 

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Apple cider vinegar is used as a flavor in things like salad dressings, barbecue sauces, salad dressings, marinades, and vinaigrettes. As a fermented product, it’s also used to preserve other foods as well. It can be used for cleaning and sore throats. In short, it’s versatile, and it is that versatility that we are looking to explore in full. 

What health benefits does apple cider vinegar possess?

Apple cider vinegar contains a number of essential vitamins and minerals including magnesium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, amino acids, and antioxidants. According to a 2010 study, antioxidants are proven to help reduce the risk of disease and certain cancers. But apple cider vinegar has even more benefits to your health than simple disease prevention. 

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Apple cider vinegar is good for digestion and is a natural laxative. It can lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. It can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Several studies have indicated that apple cider vinegar is effective at helping people lose weight — though this only works if the vinegar is consumed as part of a low-calorie diet, as per ScienceDirect. It’s a miracle elixir, but it ain’t magic, people. 

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Are there any benefits to skin and hair from apple cider vinegar?

As odd as it may sound, apple cider vinegar can even be used to care for your skin and hair. In skincare, it can be used as a toner, face wash, and even an acne spot treatment. Apple cider vinegar’s antibacterial properties make it very effective in terms of acne care, as its silt (sediment) kills surface bacteria. It helps tighten the skin and protect it from the elements as well, though most scientific studies into why these works have proven inconclusive.

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When diluted with water, apple cider vinegar can be used as a hair wash that might improve scalp health, strengthen hair, enhance shine, condition, and untangle knots. Its effectiveness has a lot to do with apple cider vinegar’s innate acidity and low pH. The acetic acid in it helps to lower the pH of alkaline or frizzy hair and bring it back into balance. Its antimicrobial qualities also kill the bacteria and fungus that can cause scalp issues like dryness and dandruff.

In the end, apple cider vinegar won’t work miracles, but it will help enhance your life in ways you never thought possible. Best of all, it’s affordable, non-toxic, often sold plastic-free, and easy to fold into your diet and daily routine. 

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