If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what can apple cider vinegar do? People have been using ACV for hundreds of years for a variety of reasons, from making pickles to polishing metal. And as it turns out, this powerful liquid, made from fermented pulverized apples, may offer a whole host of health benefits. Check them out:
- Normal Blood Sugar Levels: According to numerous studies, apple cider vinegar may help support healthy blood sugar levels already within normal range. In one study, ACV was taken before bed and helped maintain normal, balanced glucose levels in the morning.
- Weight Management: This is probably the most popular use for apple cider vinegar. This is because vinegar promotes a feeling of fullness, which may help support healthy weight management. Some people claim that the components of ACV may actually support fat metabolism, but research on that topic is limited.
- Healthy Scalp: Some use apple cider vinegar as a natural home remedy for minor dandruff. Mixed in a spray bottle, ¼ cup ACV and ¼ cup water may promote healthy scalp””just remember to wash it off after 15 minutes, as vinegar can burn!
There have been other, less researched uses for apple cider vinegar, including its effects on skin appearance and acid reflux. It is not recommended as a treatment for either, due to its acidic properties””it may damage and burn the sensitive lining of the digestive tract as well as the skin on the face. When ingested, it is likely best to sip very small amounts (1 to 2 tsp, diluted), to minimize possible effects on tooth enamel and digestive tissues.