• Dr. Grace Hameister

7 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw, organic apple cider vinegar (ACV), with its many health benefits, has a long history dating back to at least 5,000 BC. Residues have been found in ancient Egyptian urns from 3,000 BC! Hippocrates, known as the “father of modern medicine” specifically prescribed apple cider vinegar, mixed with a little honey, to help cure a number of health issues, including coughs and colds.

In the fermentation process, a variety of healing compounds are produced that are just not prevalent enough in our modern diets:

  • Acetic acid

  • Potassium

  • Magnesium

  • Probiotics

  • Enzymes

Here are just a handful of ways you can bring apple cider vinegar into your daily life, to start yourself on a healthier path!

Weight loss helper

Various studies have shown apple cider vinegar, in addition to a healthy diet and exercise, can help in your weight loss efforts:

  • Improvement was seen in mice with the way the liver and muscles absorb sugar from the blood - potentially keeping blood glucose levels regulated, leading to more stored fat being burned.

  • Insulin level decrease - the ratio of insulin to glucagon is decreased when taking apple cider vinegar, which helps in fat burning (higher insulin causes fat storage, but higher glucagon tells the body to release and use fat).

  • Improved metabolism - another study found an increase of the enzyme AMPK, which decreases fat and sugar production in the liver while increasing the amount of fat being burned.

Natural body detox

Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a lymphatic and liver tonic, aiding in lymphatic drainage, bowel motility, cardiovascular stimulation, as well as helping balance the pH of your body.

Boost probiotics and kill yeast (candida)

Yeast overgrowth is a very common problem for people around the world. Apple cider vinegar contains probiotics to replenish your body with what it needs. It also provides acetic acid, which in itself can kill bad bacteria (like a natural antibiotic), while also helping good bacteria grow.

Treatment for acid reflux and heartburn

The most common causes of acid reflux and heartburn involve a lack of enough probiotics and enzymes in the gut, as well as an imbalanced stomach pH. Apple cider vinegar is full of many of the nutrients to fix this issue.

Mix a tablespoon with a glass of water (and maybe a little raw honey, or a drop of liquid stevia, if it’s too bitter for you) and drink about 5 minutes before meals.

Handle your seasonal allergies

Apple cider vinegar helps to break up mucous, improve lymphatic drainage, and clear sinuses, while supporting your immune system. Mix two tablespoons in a glass of warm water with fresh lemon juice, or steeped ginger root (feel free to add that drop of raw honey) and drink three times per day.

Varicose vein treatment (and spider veins!)

Because apple cider vinegar helps improve circulation and is anti-inflammatory, it can reduce varicose veins. Mix with witch hazel (also anti-inflammatory and strengthens veins) and rub on the area in a circular motion. Expect improvement in about two weeks!

Natural teeth whitener

Rub this directly onto your teeth once in awhile especially on tough stains. Make sure not to use this too often though as it can break down tooth enamel! To make a milder mouthwash, mix one teaspoon with a cup of water.

There are many more ways apple cider vinegar can be helpful, but just like anything else, having too much can have negative effects. Personally I’ve found that one to three tablespoons per day has been beneficial.

Contact Dr. Grace to learn how to create a personalized diet plan, and find out which foods are wreaking havoc in your body right now!

Apple cider vinegar has the potential to interact poorly with certain medications such as some diabetes medications, digoxin, and some diuretics. Make sure to talk to your doctor and/or do your research before drastically changing your diet, and you’ll be on your way to enjoying the many benefits of one of nature’s best inventions!