8 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a natural remedy whose consumption dates back to approximately 400 B.C. Hippocrates used it to treat his patients, and traces of it have been found in ancient Egyptian urns dating as far back as 3000B.C. It is also said that ancient Egyptians were the first to use apple cider vinegar for weight loss purposes. Discover the many other health benefits of apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar is made through the alcoholic fermentation of apple juice, stored in large wooden barrels until it becomes cider. It is further transformed into vinegar by adding a bacteria called acetobacter. It contains more than 90 substances, among them over 30 important nutrients.

It is rich in potassium and many other minerals such as sodium, calcium, magnesium, chlorine, iron and copper and contains great quantities of vitamin C, as well as vitamins A (beta-carotene), B1, B2, B6 and E. One of its major ingredients is maleic acid, which optimizes cellular energy production and helps the body to release energy from fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

Another very important substance contained in the apple cider vinegar is a fruit fiber known as pectine. Pectine aids digestion, reduces bad cholesterol and helps your body eliminate excess fluids and unwanted toxins.

All of these beneficial ingredients considered, apple cider vinegar seems to be a true elixir of life!

Let’s take a look at some more of its amazing effects and benefits for the human body health.

1. Digestive System

Homemade Vinegar galas apples on a table in a farmhouse

Apple cider vinegar aids digestion by increasing stomach acid and by metabolizing proteins, as well other nutrients, which require a more acidic environment in order to be digested.

It re-equilibrates the intestinal flora, while the presence of pectine helps fight constipation by attracting water in the intestine.

2. Anti-Cholesterol Properties

It helps lower bad cholesterol levels by removing cholesterol deposits from the artery walls.

3. Antibacterial Effect

The maleic acid contained in apple cider vinegar impedes the growth of harmful bacteria in your intestines, helps prevent diarrhea and fights bacterial infections.

4. Natural PH Regulator, Detoxifier and Remineralizer

Apple cider vinegar regulates intestine and urine PH levels and stimulates excretory organs. It removes waste products and toxins from our bodies and purifies the blood. Being very rich in potassium, it also remineralizes our bodies and restores alkaline acid balance.

5. Blood Vessel and Heart Benefits

Inside a blood vessel

Thanks to its high content of minerals, especially potassium, apple cider vinegar slows up and retards the hardening of blood vessels and lowers blood pressure, while the calcium contained in it reinforces the contractions of the heart muscle.

6. Anti-Radical and Immunostimulant Properties

Apple cider vinegar is full of antioxidants and has strong antibacterial properties, which are helpful in slowing down the aging process. It contains a high amount of vitamin C and beta-carotene (vitamin A) that bind free radicals, preventing them from destroying healthy body cells, while calcium contained in this vinegar reinforces the immune system’s ability to protect against harmful toxins and diseases.

7. Weight Loss

Stimulates fat metabolism and helps in digesting and assimilating, and then transforming fat into usable energy. The acetic acid contained in apple cider vinegar helps burn body fat through attacking, oxidizing and consequently destroying unsaturated lipids. For this reason, it is very useful in weight loss diets.

8. Bones and Skin Benefits

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar reduces uric acid crystal deposits between bone joints, which are deposits that can lead to different forms of arthritis and cause pain, swelling redness and heat.

Its antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties are very helpful in treating many skin disorders, such as allergies, acne, dermatitis and insect bites.

About the author


Jessica is a translator who has lived for many years in Asia and South America. She now lives and works in Europe, while preparing her new journeys. She enjoys traveling, meeting new people, exploring different cultures and foods, and being in love.

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