8 Fascinating Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of those wonderful foods that is not only a tasty ingredient in recipes, but also has many uses and benefits to the body. For centuries, it has been used for healing many maladies like pneumonia, as well as for weight loss and detoxification. Though ACV is an acid, it works as a basic in the body to neutralize the acids by breaking down proteins and fats, and helps the body maintain an alkaline PH.

The following nutrients can be found in ACV:

  • Acetic Acid
  • Vitamin B
  • Vitamin C
  • Folic Acid
  • Biotin
  • Pantothenic Acid
  • Pectin
  • Sodium
  • Phosphorous
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Magnesium

ACV has been used to treat a variety of ailments.  Here are just a few of them:

  • Strengthens bones
  • Diminishes leg cramps
  • Settles upset stomach
  • Soothes sore throat
  • Clears sinus problems
  • Lowers and regulates blood pressure
  • Relieves symptoms of arthritis
  • Cleanses the body of toxins
  • Slows the aging process
  • Clears up acne
  • Tones skin
  • Soothes sunburn
  • Reduces pain of shingles
  • Heals rashes
  • Treats insect bites
  • Prevents dandruff

ACV can be used in marinades and dressings, and can be consumed on its own or applied topically.  Check with your doctor if ingesting more than eight ounces a day, and when taking ACV alone it should be diluted to avoid weakening tooth enamel.