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Nutritional benefits of organic apple cider vinegar

Abeer Majed Al Kusayer

Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics, Al Qassimi Hospital – Ministry of Health and Prevention


Organic apple cider vinegar

What is organic apple cider vinegar? What is the benefit of using it? What are the harms resulting from its use? What is the difference between organic and inorganic apple cider vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is made from fresh apples by a fermentation process, where yeast converts the sugars in the apples into alcohol and then the alcohol is converted by Acetoacetic bacteria into acetic acid.

The advantage of organic apple cider vinegar is that it contains the mother substance, which is an organic filament formed from yeast and bacteria during fermentation, which is what gives organic apple cider vinegar its benefits.

Organic apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, beneficial bacteria, lactic acids, citric acid, and malic acid, which cause the vinegar’s pungent taste. Among the benefits of organic apple cider vinegar are the following:

It may have a role in lowering the blood sugar level
Studies have proven that apple cider vinegar reduces insulin and blood sugar, due to the organic apple cider vinegar containing acetic acid, which prevents the digestion of starchy foods such as bread, pasta and rice, which raises the level of sugar in the blood. Thus, the use of apple cider vinegar in the diet as an addition to salads, pickles and sauces helps to reduce the level of sugar in the blood.

Helps lose weight
Some studies have shown that using apple cider vinegar during or before meals may benefit weight loss and reduce visceral fat surrounding organs, which increases the risk of heart disease.

Contributes to the treatment of dandruff
It contains acetic acid, which works to adjust the acidity of the scalp, preventing the growth of yeast that causes dandruff.
Thus, mixing an amount of apple cider vinegar with water and applying it to the scalp is useful in fighting dandruff, itching and irritation of the scalp.

Use it to relieve sunburn and skin injuries
It helps to fight bacterial infections, it can be used to relieve the pain of mild sunburn, or to reduce itching and irritation caused by mosquito bites, but it should be used in diluted concentrations and avoid contact with the face and eyes.

Reducing acne and skin problems
Used to dry up acne pimples, but the apple cider vinegar concentrate must be diluted with water before applying it to the skin.

Relieves sore throats
A mixture of 1 teaspoon of diluted organic apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of honey and a small pinch of cayenne pepper can be used with a cup of warm water and drunk or gargled to help relieve a sore throat.

Get rid of body odour
Helps fighting germs and balancing the acidity of the skin. A piece of cloth or cotton dipped in apple cider vinegar diluted with water can be used to wipe the armpits and feet to get rid of bad body odour.

For cholesterol and blood pressure
Other common benefits of organic apple cider vinegar are lowering blood pressure and reducing cholesterol levels. It helps control renin, a hormone secreted by the kidneys that is responsible for the narrowing and widening of blood vessels. When blood vessels constrict, blood pressure rises. It keeps your blood vessels relaxed, meaning your blood pressure won’t rise.
As for its benefit with cholesterol, it helps increase cholesterol — drinking it before a meal lowers cholesterol. Basically, studies have shown that it lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and increases HDL (good cholesterol) due to its natural antioxidants.

Supports liver function and relieves stress on the liver
It may help maintain the normal functioning of the liver, so that this important organ in the body can function as usual. Clean the liver; apples may help rid the liver of some of the toxins that have accumulated in it. Resist fatty liver disease; regular use of apples may help reverse this condition or improve the health of the person affected by it.

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