Apple cider vinegar has long been known for its exceptional medicinal properties, even to the point of being nicknamed “elixir of youth”. Focus on its 5 greatest health benefits.
Against digestive problems
Consuming ACV helps stimulate digestion and renew the intestinal flora. This can especially relieve some digestive disorders, especially flatulence and constipation. A Japanese scientific study also tends to prove that cider vinegar can prevent the formation of gastric ulcers. Finally, it is also very interesting in case of food poisoning because it helps to destroy the responsible bacteria located in the digestive system.
To make the most of its benefits on digestion, the ideal is to dilute 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a large cup of hot water. Sweeten possibly with 2 teaspoons of honey and drink this mixture half an hour before the meal.
For muscular pain
Stiffness, backache, rheumatism, sprains and other muscle aches can be relieved by apple cider vinegar. The simplest method is to pour two large glasses of ACV into the water of your bath. Also add a nice handful of coarse salt for maximum effects.
To compensate for lost mineral salts
ACV contains many different mineral salts such as calcium, phosphorus, fluorine, sulfur, silica or even iron. The American physician DeForest Clinton Jarvis, convinced of its benefits, took advantage of this feature to create the “cocktail of Jarvis”. The latter, especially used by athletes, allows them to recover the mineral salts eliminated in the sweat during exercise.
Jarvis cocktail can also be used for diseases causing strong sweating such as measles for example. The recipe is very simple: mix two teaspoons of cider vinegar in 250 milliliters of mineral water rich in sodium. Add 2 teaspoons of honey. If necessary, it is advisable to drink one glass per day (maximum 3 glasses per day).
To better regulate blood sugar
An American study published in 2004 in the journal Diabetes Care demonstrates the positive influence of ACV on blood sugar (glucose levels in the bloodstream). In this study, pre-diabetic subjects and others with type 2 diabetes consumed a cider vinegar solution before eating a high-glucose meal. Result: after the meal, their glycaemia increased significantly less thanks to ACV (improvement of 34% for the prediabetics and 19% for the type 2 diabetics).
Consuming cider vinegar can not be a substitute for your treatment, but can be a plus to better manage your type 2 diabetes. If you want to try, the drink of the experiment consisted of 25 milliliters of cider vinegar for 40 milliliters of water, mixed with a teaspoon of saccharin.
Apple cider vinegar: an antiseptic power
Cold, flu, sore throat: thanks to its antiseptic power, ACV can help you get rid of many winter ailments. Against a sore throat, use it preferably in gargle: pour 4 teaspoons of vinegar into a large glass of hot water. You can do this gargle up to 4 times a day. If, besides, you get seized or cold, prepare a homemade remedy by mixing 2 tablespoons of honey with 80 milliliters of cider vinegar. Drink one tablespoon every 4 hours until the symptoms improve.
Which apple cider vinegar to choose?
To take full advantage of its benefits, focus on high-quality apple cider vinegars. The ideal: an unpasteurized organic apple cider vinegar, produced in an artisanal way. It must have aged for at least 10 months in oak barrels to contain as many active substances as possible.
Apple cider vinegar: what risks?
There is little risk of drinking cider vinegar. Only people with gastritis (inflammation of the stomach), gastroesophageal reflux or severe ulcers should seek advice from their doctor.
In other cases, it is important to avoid drinking it directly. It must always be diluted in water otherwise it can damage the enamel of the teeth and the mucous membranes of the mouth. Excessive and prolonged consumption of ACV can also damage the lining of the stomach and esophagus.