It is often said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. A similar maxim could be said about that sweet fruit’s sour counterpart, raw cider vinegar. This fermented and acidic solution may seem like a far cry from its well-known source, and with good reason.
Cider vinegar can smell strongly and burn your throat, if taken in large, undiluted amounts. However, in small doses apple cider vinegar has proven to be worthy remedy for minor ailments. When used in small dabs on canker sores, it can alleviate pain and speed recovery. This is can be a result from the fact that many forms of bacteria cannot reproduce or live in such a low ph environment, giving mouth sores a chance to heal faster.
If you suffer from having dandruff and are seeking a naturally occurring curative, look no further than that yellow elixir. Some believe that some causes of dandruff are an imbalance to the acid/alkaline ratio on the scalp and pores clogged by dead skin that induce the body to produce more oil. Cider vinegar rectifies the balance by raising the acidity level and washing oil out of the pores. It can be diluted in a 50% water solution and left on till your next shampoo or be applied undiluted directly to the scalp, then rinsed after 15 to 20 minutes.
The list goes on for small health issues that cider vinegar can provide aid for, from hiccups to indigestion. A lesser known advantage is how it can impact your health in a more long term way. Some studies have shown that people who have a couple spoonfuls with meals (or with honey or lemon in tea) could lower their blood glucose levels by up to 20%. This is important if you or someone you know is diabetic, a fact that can be confirmed by American Diabetes Association.
In a few studies completed on weight loss, apple cider vinegar displayed abilities as a natural appetite suppressant and a way to speed the body’s metabolic rate by taking 2 tablespoons before meals. The cider vinegar health benefits abound. Who knew that something so tart could have such sweet results!