Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar in glass jars.
ACV can be generally used for many health benefits.

"Apple cider vinegar, or cider vinegar, is a vinegar made from fermented apple juice, and used in salad dressings, marinades, vinaigrettes, food preservatives, and chutneys. It is made by crushing apples, then squeezing out the juice. Bacteria and yeast are added to the liquid to start the alcoholic fermentation process, which converts the sugars to alcohol. In a second fermentation step, the alcohol is converted into vinegar by acetic acid-forming bacteria. Acetic acid and malic acid combine to give vinegar its sour taste. Apple cider vinegar has no medicinal or nutritional value. There is no high-quality clinical evidence that regular consumption of apple cider vinegar helps to maintain or lose body weight, or is effective to manage blood glucose and lipid levels (Wikipedia 2019)."

I'm not a huge fan of apple cider vinegar, mainly due to the taste but I definitely use it to cleanse my scalp monthly during wash day. On wash day, ACV helps with dandruff and itchy scalp. Before writing this post, I have been looking for a toner to add to my skin care routine and never knew that I could use ACV. I occasionally add a tablespoon of ACV to my bottled water to assist with flushing out toxins in the mornings. Below is a list of benefits and uses of ACV:

Chart of benefits and uses of ACV
Be very mindful that ACV is very acidic and can be unsafe over a long period of time.

Now of course there are some side effects to using ACV: (a) delayed stomach emptying (b) digestive side effects (c) low potassium levels and bone loss (d) erosion of tooth enamel (e) throat burns (f) skin burns (g) drug interactions with medications you're currently taking. I'm a huge believer of consuming things in moderation. But I'm extra cautious not to eat or drink anything acidic often, to prevent side effects such as those listed above. If you have signs or symptoms of any of the above listed or other side effects, consult with your primary physician.

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For women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), which is caused by having abnormal menstrual cycles, high levels of androgen hormones, ovarian cysts and insulin resistance, ACV helps improve hormone levels and regulates menstrual cycles for some women. Again, ACV is suggested to be taken in small quantities because of its acidic levels and consuming large quantities of it over a long period of time can be highly unsafe. Make sure you are measuring and monitoring your ACV intake with every consumption. If you are unsure of how much ACV you should be consuming, research the reason why you're using it and get the average or the best suggested amount to consume and stop using it if you detect any side effects.