Commonly known as ACV, apple cider vinegar has been used for numerous health benefits for centuries. Of all the vinegars known to man, ACV, made from real apples, leads the pack, with some of the benefits supported by science.

Organic and unfiltered ACV is said to be the best because it contains what is known as the “mother” – a cloudy and cobweb-like appearance. One tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar contains only 3 calories and zero fat, making it a healthy addition to your salads.

Here are a few of the benefits of ACV:

Fights dandruff: If you are in search of shiny and dandruff-free hair, then apple cider vinegar is your answer. Simply shampoo as usual then rinse. Pour ACV on to your hair and massage all-round the scalp. Leave it on for 15 minutes then rinse. Repeat daily until all the dandruff is gone.

Gets rid of acne: Mix the apple cider vinegar with water then apply on your face using a cotton ball. Give it half an hour then rinse your face. Repeat every night until all the acne has disappeared.

Prevents aging: Apple cider vinegar is said to contain high levels of beta carotene. This is an anti-oxidant that fights against free cell radicals which are linked to the aging process.

Detoxification: Apple Cider Vinegar is considered a detoxifying agent and by drinking ACV diluted in water frequently detoxifies and cleanses the liver.

Bad breath: The main ingredient in apple cider vinegar, which is acetic acid, together with malic acid; also found in ACV, can easily do away with bad breath. This happens by reducing the amount of bacteria present in your mouth. You can achieve this by gurgling with ACV diluted in water every day.

Regulates blood sugar: Type 2 diabetes, which is characterised by high blood-sugar levelscan be contained by consuming ACV. This is because of its anti-glycemic effects, which has been proven in a number of studies.

Weight loss: Research has shown that frequent consumption of acetic acid, which is the main component in ACV, leads to significant weight loss.

Soothes sunburn: Adding half a cup of apple cider vinegar to your bath water, can effectively soothe any sunburn you might have on your skin.

Clear stuffy nose: Mix ACV with water in a glass and drink. This will easily clear your stuffy nose.

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As usual, do not self-medicate with apple cider vinegar. It is important to contact your caregiver for any ailments or before using ACV. Another important point to note is that drinking ACV undiluted might easily destroy your tooth enamel. So remember to dilute before drinking.

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