In recent years, apple cider vinegar has gained quite the cult following as a functional food, with many people, including celebrities, claiming it to be the secret to their beauty and great health. For centuries vinegar has been used as a natural home remedy and was traditionally used to preserve food. Apple cider vinegar has been promoted to alleviate many common health problems, however along with health benefits; there are also many beauty benefits of apple cider vinegar. Here we look at 7 apple cider vinegar benefits.
1. Weight loss aid
Acetic acid, a compound found in apple cider vinegar, has some research to show it may be beneficial in assisting weight loss. It has been shown to support healthy blood sugar levels and increase feelings of fullness, all of which can help reduce cravings and help you eat less.
2. Antibacterial properties
Research has shown apple cider vinegar to have antimicrobial activity against some nasty bugs such as E-coli, staphylococcus aureus and candida albicans .This makes it a great household cleaner, helpful in preserving foods and when diluted can be used to clean minor wounds.
It may seem strange that something acidic is alkalising, however when you take apple cider vinegar internally it actually has an alkaline effect on the body. During digestion the acid breaks apart, and the potassium and magnesium form alkaline ions called potassium or magnesium citrate that increases alkalinity.The body functions best in a slightly alkaline state, allowing you to feel your best each day.
Apple cider vinegar can help stimulate the production of stomach acid, aiding in the digestion of fats and proteins. In addition to this, a good quality apple cider vinegar that contains the ‘mother’ (live enzymes) will contain both probiotics and prebiotics that feed the good bacteria and promote the growth of a healthy microflora in the gut.
5. Silky, shiny hair
Apple cider vinegar can be used as a hair rinse after using your regular shampoo. If used regularly apple cider vinegar can create shine and leave your hair feeling soft and smooth by removing any residue from hair products, and closing the cuticle of the hair allowing light to reflect from it. It also makes a great hair detangler. Just add a few drops of your preferred essential oil to make it smell great.
6. Glowing skin
Antibacterial and astringent actions make apple cider vinegar for skin care ideal. It acts as a cleanser removing impurities and build up on the skin and a toner by closing open pores and tonifying the skin. It can help restore your skin’s natural pH balance and reduce red marks and blemishes, including pimples, and can reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
7. Immune booster
There are a number of ways apple cider vinegar helps boost your immune system. Firstly, as it is fermented, it contains beneficial bacteria and prebiotics that can have a positive impact on immune health. Secondly, it has antibacterial properties that can fight off the pathogens wreaking havoc in your body. Lastly, it encourages detoxification through lymphatic drainage and enhances circulation, which can help the body remove the bad bugs more quickly.
When it comes to versatility, apple cider vinegar certainly has it – it can be taken internally, used externally for skin and hair care, throughout the home as a cleaning agent or in the kitchen for cooking and preserving. If you are looking for a product with multiple uses, apple cider vinegar might be the one for you.
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