10 Surprising Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Are you thinking of more reasons to keep apple cider vinegar in your pantry?

While white vinegar has plenty of uses when it comes to cooking, apple cider vinegar has tons of uses and benefits to improve your health. In fact, apple cider vinegar is a great natural helper that it even rivals tea tree oil when it comes to health benefits.

Here are some of the surprising health benefits of apple cider vinegar, according to Reader’s Digest.

PHOTO CREDIT: Healthline.com

PHOTO CREDIT: Healthline.com

1. It cures hiccups.

The sour taste of apple cider vinegar overstimulates the nerves in the throat causing spasms during hiccups. If you want to add a little spice to this typical hiccup remedy, you may create a lollipop made of apple cider vinegar just like what a teen from Connecticut did for her start-up Hiccucops.

2. It helps tummy troubles.

Apple cider vinegar’s antibiotic properties can help combat bacterial infection causing diarrhea. It may also help soothe intestinal spasms since it contains pectin. Simply mix one or two tablespoons of the vinegar with water. You may also use apple or any clear juice instead of water.

3. It could lower cholesterol.

Although there are not enough studies to confirm the capability of apple cider vinegar to lower cholesterol in humans, a 2006 animal study found that acetic acid in vinegar actually decreases bad cholesterol in rats. Moreover, a Japanese study also confirmed that participants who drank half an ounce of apple cider vinegar a day had lower cholesterol levels.

4. It soothes a sore throat.

The acidic environment an apple cider vinegar creates kills most germs that causes sore throat. Mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour.

5. It clears a stuffy nose.

Stuffy nose can be irritating but apple cider vinegar can be used as a natural remedy for it since it contains potassium that thins the mucus, as well as acetic acid, which prevents growth of germs promoting nasal congestion. Just mix a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water.

Aside from these amazing benefits, apple cider vinegar prevents indigestion, facilitates weight loss, gets rid of dandruff, clears acne, controls bad breath, whitens teeth and prevents nightime leg cramps.