There are many talks and discussions about natural medicine for health you can find in your kitchen, and actually, some of them can have good effects for your overall health and even suggested as natural remedies for some light ailments. Vinegar from fermented apple cider is among the most popular condiment and natural remedy you can find easily. The vinegar contains some beneficial chemical compounds available in apples, such as citric acid, lactic acid, and malic acid (can be found in apple skin).
Apple Cider Vinegar: Study and Health Benefits
Apple cider vinegar has been studied in term of its supposed health benefits. Here is some information about possible health benefits of this vinegar revealed by various key findings in researches:
- Lowering cholesterol level.
A 2006 study published in British Journal of Nutrition revealed that acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar effectively reduced triglyceride and cholesterol levels of lab rats in only 19 days.
- Treating dandruff problem.
Apple cider vinegar is a commonly suggested home remedy for dandruff problem, because it helps restoring PH balance of the scalp, reducing the spread of fungus that causes dandruff. Usually, you are suggested to mix ¼ cup of vinegar with ¼ cup of saline water in a spray bottle, apply the mixture evenly on the scalp, and let your head wrapped with towel for about 15 minutes.
- Supporting weight loss program.
A 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry journal revealed that regular acetic acid consumption in 12 days significantly reduced waistline, weight and body fat among the subjects.
- Acne remedy.
Apple cider vinegar is often suggested as natural remedy for acne, by mixing a part of it with three parts of water, before applying it on the pimples with cotton bud. However, sometimes sensitive skin owners can experience side effects such as burn feeling, and if you leave the mixture more than 15 minutes, it can damage your skin because of the high acidity level. Therefore, be careful when applying it.
Diabetes Care journal published a study conducted in 2007 that showed significant act of blood sugar lowering among people who had type 2 diabetes and consumed two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed.
- Sore throat, flu and allergies
The high acid level in apple cider vinegar is believed to have good effects on disease that roots from low immune system such as flu, sore throat and allergies.
These are results of studies that still need further research, but in the meantime, the key findings can help you exploring various health benefits of apple cider vinegar. However, there are some cautions in using this as natural remedy.
For example, besides the previously explained risk on the skin condition, apple cider vinegar can cause side effects such as stomach damage, duodenum damage, and lowering your potassium level. Also, there has been no research about the safety of apple cider vinegar if consumed by children and pregnant women. Therefore, refrain from giving this as natural remedy for children and pregnant women, just to be on the safe side.