Would you believe that an ordinary substance that you can find in every supermarket and most homes across the country possesses the power to soothe arthritis, relieve allergy symptoms, and give you healthier, shinier hair? Sounds pretty good, right?
Folk wisdom has been extolling the merits of vinegar cures for decades. The Farmer’s Almanac alone cites vinegar as the main ingredient in tonics to relive stiff joints, rehydrate your cells, harden up your chicken’s eggs, and promote calcium and iron absorption. So is vinegar really a miracle cure-all? Not exactly. Even though it is not a magical tonic, WebMD says that apple cider vinegar does have some medicinal worth.
Vinegar Cures: Fact
The most thoroughly researched aspect of apple cider vinegar’s health benefit is its effect on diabetes. Some studies suggested that it could help lower blood glucose levels. Most of the other studies that showed benefits were done on rats, like a study that showed vinegar might help lower cholesterol and another that suggested vinegar could lower high blood pressure. Finally, though results have been mixed, one study showed that people who took vinegar while eating bread felt more satiated than those who ate the bread without the vinegar. This could be a helpful tool for people who are trying to eat less. Gargling with vinegar may also may also be helpful for sore throat and strep throat, due to vinegar’s antibacterial properties.
Vinegar Cures: Fiction
Even though vinegar might help some people feel more feel, there is no proof that apple cider vinegar can facilitate weight management. Plus, there is some risk of stomach irritation. Also, people who have osteoporosis should be careful – long term use of apple cider vinegar can cause low bone density. Claims of vinegar’s use for lice, warts, aging, digestion, and cleansing toxins have been exaggerated or are simply old wive’s tales.
While vinegar cures may not be as amazing as we’ve been led to believe, vinegar does still have many helpful uses. Like with all home remedies, just remember to be practical and realistic.
- “Apple Cider Vinegar”, WebMD
- “Natural Cures With Apple Cider Vinegar”, Farmer’s Almanac