If you’re looking beyond the cooking pot, here are some health benefits you can certainly drink to.
Having been around for thousands of years, apple cider vinegar is a fermented result of crushed and aged apples. High in phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and calcium, even Hippocrates, the father of medicine, used apple cider vinegar to treat a wide range of ailments.
To the uninitiated, apple cider vinegar is used mainly in cooking to add a ‘zing’ to salad dressings, marinades and vinaigrettes but if you’re looking beyond the cooking pot, here are some health benefits you can certainly drink to.
Weight Loss – A 12-week weight loss study conducted on obese men in Japan showed that drinking 30ml or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 500ml of water delivered modest weight loss. It also gave the participants a feeling of fullness, making them less likely to nibble. Although the vinegar does give a slight kick even when diluted, it is still pleasant enough to drink.
Acid Reflux & Heartburn – that intense burning sensation that creeps up your esophagus leaving you is a state of discomfort after every meal can be cured. Just one teaspoon to one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water taken before each meal will help immensely. The apple cider vinegar mimics the acidic environment of the stomach and helps food break down thereby preventing heartburn from setting in.
Diabetes – a lot of research backs up claims that apple cider vinegar helps lower glucose levels. A 2007 study revealed that people with type-2 diabetes registered lowered glucose levels in the morning when they had taken two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before sleeping the previous night.
Blood pressure – there is some evidence that suggests apple cider vinegar may help increase the production of nitric oxide, a compound that relaxes blood vessels while inhibiting enzymes that constrict it. If you have high blood pressure, a daily dose of two to six tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in water might just do the trick.
Candida (Yeast Infection) – for those who have endured a yeast overgrowth, you know how unpleasant it can be. Yet taking one teaspoon to one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water can help balance the ecosystem in your body. Remember to drink it before (not after) your meals or twice a day. The problem might get worse initially before getting better, but just stick with it.
Dandruff – If you have a terrible case of dandruff, try mixing equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water and spray onto your scalp. Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the mixture sit for one to a few hours before rinsing off. Best to do this once or twice a week for optimum results.
Shiny Hair – If volume and healthy shine is what you’re after, rinse your hair with half a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with one cup of cold water after each shampoo. Do this several times a week.
Facial Toner – You can make yourself a homemade facial toner by diluting equal parts of apple cider vinegar with water and spraying it on your face after cleansing. Make a big batch and store it in the fridge for added convenience. Don’t worry about the smell – it completely disappears once the solution has dried.
Acne - A direct application of apple cider vinegar on acne spots will also hasten the healing process and fight acne without drying your skin.
Fungus – If you suffer from unsightly and itchy skin fungus on your foot or toes, soaking the affected area in one cup of apple cider vinegar in water will help kill the fungus. If you have a skin fungus, apply apple cider vinegar directly to the area.
Mosquito Bites – This is something all Malaysians are familiar with – itchy mosquito bites that leave unsightly marks on your skin if you scratch at it too much. To stop the itch, dab some apple cider vinegar directly to the area.
Bad Sunburn – Stayed out in the sun too long? To relieve the pain of a bad sunburn, apply an equal mix of apple cider vinegar and water to a washcloth and place directly on your skin. Or draw a bath, pour in some apple cider vinegar and soak in it to cool your skin and relieve pain.