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Health Benefits and Uses of Apple Cider Vinegar

Written by Allen Dunn and updated on July 24, 2018
Can apple cider vinegar treat disease and illness

Over the last year or so, apple cider vinegar has become a staple of the health conscious. Suggested to promote weight loss, improve health, improve skin quality, and even treat certain diseases and illnesses, many really do consider it to be a cure-all of sorts.

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With its increased popularity, apple cider vinegar has even been suggested to act as completely organic and all-natural treatment to many known health conditions.

But is this really the case?

In the following article, we take an objective look at the research around apple cider vinegar, determining whether it does have the ability to improve health and cure disease or if it’s all just hype.

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is a unique liquid that is the direct result of a simple two-part fermentation process.

In the first part, the organic apple juice obtained from crushed apples is combined with yeast, water, and specific strains of bacteria, then left to ferment. This process is known as the first fermentation, and it converts all the sugar found within the apple into ethanol (an alcoholic substance).

Once the first fermentation has been completed, a specific type of acetic acid-forming bacteria (known as ‘acetobacter’) is added into the mix, which commences the second fermentation process.

During this process of fermentation, the ethanol is turned into acetic acid – a key compound that is entirely responsible for the vinegar taste that comes with apple cider vinegar.

During this second fermentation, strands of ‘mother’ bacteria also form within the apple cider.

Interestingly, it is thought to be a combination of acetic acid and these specific bacteria that provide apple cider vinegar with its unique health-boosting properties.

Health Benefits & Uses of ACV

Below is our master list of ACV benefits and uses for health purposes. If we've missed any, let us know in the comments and we'll keep adding on!


Can apple cider vinegar treat urinary tract infections (UTIs)?

A urinary tract infection (UTI) describes a bacterial infection in any part of your urinary system, including the kidneys, bladder, urethra, and ureters. UTIs can be quite painful and are traditionally treated with powerful antibiotics.

While there is evidence to suggest that apple cider vinegar does exhibit antimicrobial properties,[1] they don’t appear potent enough to eliminate the severe bacterial infections associated with UTIs. With this in mind, the consumption of apple cider vinegar may offer us a preventative measure against UTIs through its ability to improve general health and function, but not an effective treatment.


Can apple cider vinegar treat gout?

Gout is essentially a complex form of arthritis that occurs when uric acid accumulates and calcifies within your joints. This results in rather sudden (and severe) pain, tenderness, redness, and swelling throughout the joint complex.

The consumption of apple cider vinegar has been shown to reduce inflammation and lower the levels of uric acid found in the blood, suggesting a potential to reduce the risk of developing gout – although it appears to be ineffective as a treatment for well-established gout.[2]


Can apple cider vinegar treat high blood pressure?

Some of the specific compounds found in apple cider vinegar have been shown to suppress the activity of the enzyme renin – a key protein that is responsible for causing acute elevations in blood pressure.

With this in mind, the regular consumption of apple cider vinegar may actually have the ability to cause a significant reduction in resting blood pressure levels over time.[3] This suggests that it may turn out to be a great addition to more traditional blood pressure medications and treatments.


Can apple cider vinegar assist with mole removal?

Apple cider vinegar contains an abundance of organic compounds that have been suggested to stimulate a process known as chemical peeling – which essentially describes acidic compounds removing damaged outer layers of skin, thus promoting the growth and regeneration of new and healthy skin cells.

As a result, the regular application of apple cider vinegar has been suggested to remove the skin pigmentation associated with moles, even removing them completely in some situations.


Can apple cider vinegar treat kidney stones?

Kidney stones are almost entirely comprised of calcium oxalate crystals and develop when your urine is highly concentrated. These stones form within the kidneys and can result in intense pain and discomfort, nausea, vomiting, and even blood in the urine.

While apple cider vinegar does indeed make your urine less acidic (and therefore works against the formation of kidney stones), it does not have the ability to dissolve stones that have already formed. As a result, it may offer us a way of effectively preventing their formation, but not act as a kidney stone treatment.[4]


Can apple cider vinegar treat sunburn?

Excessive sun exposure leads to skin cell damage, followed by intense and thorough inflammation - driven in an attempt to clear the skin of these damaged cells and commence skin healing. It is this process that results in the skin discoloration that we recognize as sunburn.

Apple cider vinegar exhibits potent anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce some of the redness and swelling associated with sunburn, but it will not speed up skin healing or cellular regeneration. As a result, it may be used as a way to reduce the severity of sunburn symptoms in the short term, rather than a full-blown sunburn treatment.


Can apple cider vinegar treat hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids (or piles) are swollen veins that form in the lower part of the anus and rectum. When the walls of these vessels become stretched, the resulting hemorrhoids can become extremely painful and irritated.

With this in mind, the anti-inflammatory properties of apple cider vinegar make it an effective way to treat hemorrhoids.[5] It is important to note that due to its acidity, this treatment method can be more uncomfortable than many traditional medications.


Can apple cider vinegar treat eczema?

Eczema is a common skin condition in which certain areas of the skin become inflamed, itchy, and rough. While this condition can affect any part of the body, it most often presents on the face, wrists, hands, and knees.

Although there isn’t an identified cure for eczema at this time, apple cider vinegar has been shown to improve the symptoms of this skin condition in a rather big way.

Apple cider vinegar contains key compounds that contribute to skin health, while also reducing inflammation and removing skin-borne bacteria – all of which can improve the quality of eczema-affected skin.[6]


Can apple cider vinegar be used as an enema?

Given its rising popularity as a treatment for various bacterial and microbial conditions, it should come as no surprise that apple cider vinegar has also been implemented in enemas as a way to improve gastrointestinal health and function.

While there is little scientific evidence to support its use, apple cider vinegar in an enema has been suggested to remove bad bacteria from the intestine while providing health-boosting compounds to the cells of the gastrointestinal tract – both of which may have the potential to boost digestive health.


Can apple cider vinegar treat constipation?

Constipation is typified by extreme abdominal discomfort, an inability to pass stool, and feeling as if you cannot completely empty your bowels.

Interestingly, apple cider vinegar contains small amounts of pectin – a soluble form of fiber that can enhance digestion – and magnesium, which has also shown to promote regular bowel movements. This suggests that it may provide us with a natural means to treat constipation, although traditional medications are likely to be more effective.[7]


Can apple cider vinegar treat toenail fungus?

Thickened, brittle, crumbly, or ragged toenails, often combined with toenail discoloration and malformation, typify toenail fungus. In more severe scenarios it is also likely for the nail to experience separation from the nail bed, causing increased pain and discomfort.

When toenail fungus occurs, the pH of the surrounding tissue becomes more alkaline (providing an environment in which fungi can thrive). The acidity of apple cider vinegar can destroy that environment, killing the fungi in the process.[8]


Can apple cider vinegar treat neuropathy?

Neuropathy describes a type of nerve damage that can lead to loss of feeling, loss of control, and extreme sensitivity of the afflicted tissue. While its exact cause is often hard to identify, it tends to occur in conjunction with diabetes, laconism, prolonged exposure to medication or toxins, and some vitamin deficiencies.

Apple cider vinegar may have the potential to soothe the irritation associated with neuropathy by reducing inflammation and assisting in toxin removal. In saying that, it will not have the capacity to treat prolonged neuropathy – merely make its symptoms more manageable.


Can apple cider vinegar treat hair loss?

Due to its acidic and antibacterial properties, apple cider vinegar has the potential to cleanse the scalp of dead skin, dirt, and bacteria – all of which can block hair follicles and limit hair growth. In doing so it can promote hair growth from those hair follicles.[9]

We should state that while it may enhance natural hair growth, it will not be able to promote new hear follicle growth, and therefore will not offer a feasible method of treating baldness.


Can apple cider vinegar treat an ear infection?

Ear infections occur when sections of the ear are attacked by a bacterial or viral infection. The canals of the ears get blocked with these foreign particles, which can lead to hearing loss, pain, and tissue inflammation.

The acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar has the capacity to kill these infectious microorganisms, offering a way to treat ear infections. Additionally, due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it may also reduce pain and increase tissue healing after an ear infection has been treated.[2]


Can apple cider vinegar treat athlete's foot?

Athlete's foot (also known as tinea) is one of the most common fungal infections to affect the body. Causing irritation, itchiness, redness, and swelling of the feet, it is also one of the most uncomfortable.

Given apple cider vinegar's anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, it is an excellent treatment for athlete’s foot. All you need do is scrub the affected area with a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar and reap the rewards.[10]


Can apple cider vinegar treat bronchitis?

Bronchitis is a condition that describes inflammation, infection, or swelling of the bronchial tubes (which are responsible for carrying air into your lungs). This can lead to mucous, coughing, and discomfort, as well as a decline in general health and well-being.

Apple cider vinegar contains both acetic acid AND anti-inflammatory compounds. As a result, its consumption may be able to soothe the inflammation found in the bronchial tubes while also killing off any harmful bacteria.

In terms of bronchitis treatment, apple cider vinegar should just be considered a first step. While it might be effective, you should also seek out further treatment.


Can apple cider vinegar treat diarrhea?

Quite a common issue, diarrhea refers to the onset of loose and runny bowel movements. Typically ranging in severity and cause, if the affliction isn’t chronic in nature diarrhea often runs its course in a couple of days.

As apple cider vinegar contains pectin (a dietary fiber that improves the health of good gut bacteria), it may have the capacity to boost digestive function. Additionally, its antibacterial properties may help remove some of the harmful microorganisms that can cause diarrhea.

As a result, apple cider vinegar appears to offer a good way to improve digestive health and treat diarrhea.{11]


Can apple cider vinegar provide shingles pain relief?

Shingles is a disease caused by the reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus (the same virus that causes chickenpox), which can lead to severe blisters on the skin in conjunction with extreme nerve pain and discomfort.

While the anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties found in apple cider vinegar may soothe some of the skin irritation that occurs with shingles, it does not offer a specific cure. As such, we recommend it be applied to the skin in conjunction with more traditional medications (and not in place of them).[12]


Can apple cider vinegar treat pink eye?

Pink eye (also known as conjunctivitis) occurs when the conjunctiva of the eye becomes inflamed and irritated. This often occurs in response to bacterial or viral infections and can lead to discomfort, affected vision, and itchiness.

The probiotic, anti-bacterial, and antimicrobial aspects of apple cider vinegar make it a useful treatment for pink eye, as it can remove infectious tissue and reduce swelling and redness. We should note that a diluted treatment is essential, as the tissue of the eye is sensitive and prone to damage.[13]


Can apple cider vinegar treat jock itch?

Jock itch (also known as tinea cruris) is a painful fungal infection that affects the groin, inner thighs, and buttocks. This particular infection is the result of a unique group of fungi known as dermatophytes that thrive in warm and damp areas.

Due to its anti-fungal properties, apple cider vinegar has the potential to kill the fungi that cause jock itch, while also reducing associated swelling and inflammation.[8] As an added bonus, the acetic acid within apple cider vinegar can make the area uninhabitable to those same fungi, further supporting its use as an effective jock itch cure.


Can apple cider vinegar treat diverticulitis?

Diverticulitis is a known digestive tract condition that involves the inflammation of small pouches that appear within the esophagus and large intestine. These pouches (known as diverticula) are very common and give us little issue unless they become swollen and irritated, which can lead to pain and intestinal discomfort.

Due to the acidic and anti-bacterial properties found within apple cider vinegar, it does provide a good way to soothe the discomfort associated with diverticulitis, although it will not provide a full cure as it does not address the cause of the issue (often being driven by diet).[14]


Can apple cider vinegar treat psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a unique disease that causes skin cells to accumulate on the skin at an accelerated rate. This results in dry, irritated, itchy, and elevated sections of skin that are prone to flaking.

While there is no known cure for psoriasis, many people turn to natural remedies for relief. One such remedy is apple cider vinegar, which is thought to reduce the inflammation and irritation associated with psoriasis.

With this in mind, it may provide a way to soothe skin irritation caused by psoriasis, but it is unlikely to provide you with a long-term cure.[15]


Can apple cider vinegar treat ringworm?

Despite its name, ringworm isn’t actually caused by worms (or any other living parasite for that matter). It’s actually a skin condition caused by a fungus called tinea, which lives within the dead cells of your skin, nails, and hair.

Taking this into consideration, the known antifungal properties of apple cider vinegar make it the perfect option for those seeking a simple, organic, and effective ringworm treatment. As an added bonus, apple cider vinegar has also been suggested to improve skin cell regeneration, which can go a long way to improving the health of ringworm damaged skin.[8]


Can apple cider vinegar treat bloating?

As previously mentioned, apple cider vinegar contains small amounts of pectin (a soluble form of fiber that can enhance digestion) and magnesium (a key mineral that has been shown to promote regular bowel movements).

As each of these compounds can improve digestive health and function, it has been suggested that apple cider vinegar can treat bloating and associated abdominal discomfort when consumed in small dosages.[16]


Can apple cider vinegar treat hot flashes?

Hot flashes are one the most uncomfortable things on this planet. Typically thought to be a side effect of menopause and hormonal imbalances, they are also known to affect people at various times in their life.

While some people have suggested that apple cider vinegar can assist in toxin removal and therefore reduce the severity of hot flashes, there is little evidence to suggest that this is truly the case.


Can apple cider vinegar improve gallbladder health?

Your gallbladder is a unique, pear-shaped piece of tissue that is attached to the liver. Its primary role is to store and concentrate bile. Bile is a yellow-brown digestive enzyme produced by the liver that aids in the digestive processes.

Over time, this bile can become too concentrated and calcify, forming a gallstone. These gallstones can then block the duct moving bile between the gallbladder and the liver, resulting in extreme pain and discomfort, and can also lead to jaundice.

The acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar can reduce the risk of developing gallstones while also enhancing gallbladder function, thus ensuring its health.[17]


Can apple cider vinegar treat tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a unique physical condition that is thought to affect approximately one in five people, typified by unexplained noise in the ears or head (even when there is no external noise present). Tinnitus is generally caused by a fault in the auditory system and is therefore considered a symptom of a larger problem.

While the anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties of apple cider vinegar suggest that its consumption may improve health and therefore potentially improve the symptoms of tinnitus, it is by no means a cure.


Can apple cider vinegar treat gallstones?

As previously mentioned in this article, apple cider vinegar can reduce the risk of developing gallstones and enhance gallbladder function due to the acetic acid content.

With this in mind, it does not actually have the capacity to dissolve or treat already formed gallstones, and therefore does not offer a suitable gallstone treatment. In this scenario, medical treatment is advised.[17]


Can apple cider vinegar treat pinworms?

Pinworm is an infection of both the large intestine and anal area by a small white parasite that closely resembles a worm. These parasites can lead to extreme discomfort in the anal and vaginal area, skin irritation, and intense abdominal pain.

The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar has the potential to make the intestine more acidic, creating an environment where pinworms struggle to survive. As a result of this, the daily consumption of apple cider vinegar may assist in the treatment of pinworm.


Can apple cider vinegar treat gastritis?

Gastritis is a term used to describe the inflammation of the stomach lining and is typically caused by certain foods aggravating the tissue of the gastrointestinal system. Gastritis can become quite uncomfortable and result in bacterial infection of the stomach.

Considering this, apple cider vinegar does have the potential to remove both the inflammation and bacterial infection associated with gastritis but does not offer a cure. As such, it should only be used to lessen symptoms while further treatment is sought out.


Can apple cider vinegar treat bacterial vaginosis (BV)?

As many as one in four women experience bacterial vaginosis (BV) at some point during their lifetime, making it the most commonly occurring vaginal infection on the planet. As its name suggests, BV is caused by an imbalance of the bacteria normally present within the vagina, in which healthy bacteria are overtaken with unhealthy and abnormal bacterial strains.

This may lead to white/grey vaginal discharge combined with a strong, unpleasant odor.

With this in mind, the antibacterial properties found within apple cider vinegar may have the capacity to kill off some of the bad bacteria within the vagina. Despite this, we strongly recommend it be used in conjunction with more traditional medications to maximize effectiveness.[18]


Can apple cider vinegar treat lice?

Lice (plural of the word louse) are a specific type of parasite that attach themselves to human hair, and once attached, feed on human blood from the scalp. Given that adult female lice can lay up to 6 eggs every day, lice can be extremely difficult to remove.

While the acidic properties of apple cider vinegar can actually kill the eggs of lice, it is not potent enough to kill fully-grown adult head lice. As a result, we can’t recommend its use as a standalone treatment.


Can apple cider vinegar lower blood cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that can build up on the walls of the arteries, causing them to narrow and harden. This can result in increased strain placed on the cardiovascular system, boosting the risk of heart disease and cardiovascular dysfunction considerably.

Interestingly, the consumption of apple cider vinegar has shown to be associated with lower levels of blood cholesterol, suggesting an ability to improve blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of associated disease and illness.[3]


Can apple cider vinegar get rid of cysts?

Cysts are essentially pus-filled lumps that form in the closed oil sacs found beneath the skin. These are thought to be the result of a bacterial infection within the sac, which can become inflamed and blocked resulting in inflammation, irritation, redness, and swelling.

Given that apple cider vinegar is full to the brim with acetic acid, it has the potential to kill off harmful bacteria and promote skin healing, thus providing us with an efficient and all-natural cyst treatment option.[19]


Can apple cider vinegar help heartburn?

Heartburn is a common problem that is created by acid reflux – a condition where the contents of the stomach are forced into the esophagus (the pipe that carries the food from the mouth and into the stomach), causing a burning sensation within the lower chest.

While many suggest that apple cider vinegar does have the potential to relieve acid reflux, there is little evidence to suggest that this is the case. In fact, some would suggest that the acidic content of apple cider vinegar might even exacerbate the problem.


Can apple cider vinegar treat with a cold?

The common cold is ultimately a viral infection leading to a scratchy or sore throat, sneezing, a stuffy nose, watery eyes, and mucous moving from your nose into your throat.

This is something that most of us have experienced at one point or another.

Fortunately for us, the mother strain of bacteria created during the second fermentation of apple cider vinegar has been shown to act as a probiotic when consumed, boosting immune system function and assisting in cold treatment in a big way.[20, 21]

As an added bonus, the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar has also been shown to break down phlegm, increasing the rate at which it is removed from the body – further alleviating your cold symptoms.


Can apple cider vinegar treat fatty liver?

As its name suggests, fatty liver disease describes the accumulation of fatty tissue on the outside of the liver, impeding its health and function. Fatty liver can lead to a number of complications, while also increasing your risk of disease, illness, and mortality in a very big way.

Given that apple cider vinegar has been shown to lower blood sugar, lower blood cholesterol, and increase fat metabolism, it may assist in the treatment of fatty liver – although it should not be used as a standalone treatment.[22]


Can apple cider vinegar improve thyroid health?

The thyroid is the gland responsible for the production and secretion of key hormones that regulate your metabolism. Within this, an unhealthy or malfunctioning thyroid can lead to unexplained weight gain, dangerous weight loss, and rapid changes in metabolic rate - all while significantly increasing your risk of disease and illness.

Interestingly, the mother strain of bacteria found within apple cider vinegar can improve immune system function, subsequently improving hormone regulation. With this in mind, it may be used with a solid diet and exercise regime to improve thyroid health and function.[21]

It should not be used alone to treat thyroid disorders.


Can apple cider vinegar treat diabetes?

Type II diabetes is a chronic condition that severely impacts the way your body handles sugar (AKA glucose). Incredibly, it has been suggested that over 9 percent of all adult Americans have type II diabetes, making it one of the most common diseases in the Western world.

Positively, the regular and consistent consumption of apple cider vinegar has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce blood cholesterol, lower levels of blood sugar, and increase insulin sensitivity – all of which are known to reduce the risk of diabetes.

As a result, apple cider vinegar would make the perfect inclusion to a traditional diabetes treatment plan to boost its effectiveness.[23]


Can apple cider vinegar treat cancer?

Cancer occurs when normal cells mutate and begin to grow and replicate in an uncontrollable manner, in which they become cancerous. These same cells wreak havoc throughout the body, leading to immune system malfunction, disease, and even death.

Some people have suggested that the consistent consumption of apple cider vinegar can assist in regulating the body’s pH levels, which may, in turn, assist immune system function and prevent the development of cancerous tissue – although there is no current research to suggest that this is the case.


Is apple cider vinegar good for liver health?

Many don’t realize it, but your health is highly dependent upon your body’s ability to remove and purge toxins from its cells – and one of the main ways the body goes about this is via the liver (our key detoxifying organ).

Some of the probiotics found in apple cider vinegar are thought to promote immune system function and assist in detoxification. Additionally, the acetic acid found within apple cider vinegar can help the body break down complex substrates, making them easier to excrete – the result of which reduces the stress placed on the liver, improving its health.[22]


Can apple cider vinegar treat candida?

Candida infection is a common type of yeast infection that can affect the mouth, intestinal tract, and vagina. Candida itself is a type of fungus that actually assists with nutrient absorption within the gut, but unfortunately, when it begins to overproduce it can break down the walls of the intestine and penetrate the bloodstream, leading to illness and digestive dysfunction (among a host of other issues).

As apple cider vinegar has antibacterial and antifungal properties, it does have the ability to kill off candida and improve digestive health, although in more severe cases potent antibiotics may be required.[8]


Can apple cider vinegar whiten skin?

Whether it’s the result of constant sun exposure or age-related skin pigmentation (such as that which results in age spots), our skin can become darkened and damaged over time. Although this isn’t inherently dangerous, many people look to natural and organic remedies to improve this discoloration.

Given apple cider vinegar's ability to promote chemical peeling (the process where acidic compounds remove damaged outer layers of skin and promote the growth and regeneration of new skin cells), it has been suggested to assist with whitening the color of darkened sections of skin, although its effectiveness is somewhat limited.[24]


Can apple cider vinegar improve sinus health?

At times, the sinuses can become swollen and inflamed. This results in them becoming blocked (making it difficult to breathe), while also reducing bacterial secretion from the sinuses, which can lead to even further pain and discomfort.

As apple cider vinegar does contain both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, so it does have the ability to improve the health of inflamed and swollen sinuses. Additionally, the acetic acid within its formula can assist in the breakdown of hard sinus mucus.[25]


Can apple cider vinegar treat thrush?

Thrush is a common condition caused by the overgrowth of Candida albicans yeast in the bowel and vagina. This yeast lives naturally in each of these areas, and for the most part is quite harmless unless it grows and populates beyond normal levels – which can lead to redness, swelling, pain, and a burning sensation during urination.

The antifungal properties of apple cider vinegar mean that its consumption has the capacity to kill the yeast responsible for thrush, although it appears best suited for only mild cases.[8]


Can apple cider vinegar treat flu?

Influenza (also known commonly as the flu) is a respiratory illness caused by a viral infection that can result in high temperatures, fevers, aching joints, and general fatigue. It is considered highly contagious and is normally spread through the coughs and sneezes of an infected person.

Taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in the morning and at night is thought to speed up the recovery process by providing the body with key probiotics that are known to boost immune system function, although more research is required to support this entirely.[26]


Can apple cider vinegar treat a cough?

A cough is actually a protective reflex that occurs in an attempt to clear the breathing pathways of fluids, irritants, foreign particles, and harmful pathogens. With this in mind, it is normally the symptom of a greater problem such as a chest infection or bronchitis.

Apple cider vinegar may, therefore, offer us with a way to reduce some of the painful inflammation and swelling associated with a dry cough, while also assisting in the breakdown and removal of irritants from the airways.[2]


Can apple cider vinegar treat arthritis?

Arthritis is a global term that refers to joint pain, swelling, and irritation that comes with an associated lack of movement and loss of range of motion. It can become extremely debilitating, and therefore negatively impacts the quality of life in a big way.

Drinking apple cider vinegar daily may reduce the inflammation and pain associated with arthritis, although it will not have the capacity to heal arthritic joints that have calcified. As a result, it offers us a potential solution to improving the symptoms of the disease, rather than healing the disease itself.[27]


Can apple cider vinegar treat fungal infection?

Fungal infections are pretty common throughout the entire world. The typically occur when small fungal particles invade sections of the body to such a degree that the immune system can’t resist them, and external treatment is required.

The antifungal properties of apple cider vinegar make it an excellent option when looking to kill off fungi, while its high acetic acid content can make the infected area uninhabitable to specific fungi. As a result, it offers us with an excellent and organic treatment for fungal infections wherever they appear on the body.[28]


Can apple cider vinegar flatten my stomach?

Apple cider vinegar has been shown to improve insulin resistance and increase fat metabolism – meaning that it can enhance the body’s ability to break down and use fats for energy. As a result, its regular consumption may have some capacity to enhance fat-specific weight loss in the long term, which may lead to a flatter stomach.[29]

It is important to note that apple cider vinegar is not going to do all the work for you, and is only going to be effective when combined with a solid diet and exercise regime.


Can apple cider vinegar prevent stomach flu?

Stomach flu (also known as gastroenteritis) is one of the most common digestive issues on the planet. Being the result of either virally or bacterially driven inflammation within the digestive tract, it can lead to pain, discomfort, fever, nausea, and vomiting.

Given the antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar, it may actually assist in the treatment of stomach flu, although it may not provide complete relief for more severe viral infections. As an added bonus, it may have the capacity to reduce some of the painful inflammation within the gut that is associated with stomach flu, relieving some discomfort.[2]


Can apple cider vinegar treat irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

Irritable bowel syndrome (commonly known as IBS) is a common digestive disorder that negatively affects the large intestine. It is typically considered a chronic condition that can occur in response to the consumption of certain foods and can lead to bloating, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, or constipation.

The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar may have the potential to assist in the breakdown of dense and complex food molecules, reducing the stress placed on the digestive system. As a result, the regular consumption of apple cider vinegar may reduce the signs and symptoms of IBS.[30]


Can apple cider vinegar treat cystitis?

Cystitis is a fairly common type of lower urinary tract infection that is the result of bacterial driven inflammation of the wall of the bladder. Although it is not the most serious disease on the planet, it can lead to a number of health implications if left untreated, while also being quite uncomfortable.

While the antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar are a great way to reduce the risk of developing cystitis, it should not be used as a treatment. This is because apple cider vinegar can make your urine more acidic, irritating (and potentially damaging) an already inflamed bladder wall.


Can apple cider vinegar treat bloating?

Stomach bloating can result in severe abdominal discomfort, among a host of other digestive issues. With this in mind, it is thought to be the result of general gastrointestinal distress caused by specific an inability to digest food particles (that are dependent on the individual’s personal tolerances).

As apple cider vinegar can enhance digestion and improve the state of the gut, its consumption can cause improvements in our ability to break down food molecules. This can cause a significant reduction in gut distress, resulting in reduced bloating.[31]


Can apple cider vinegar treat dry skin?

Apple cider vinegar has been shown to assist in the removal of bacteria and oils from the skin, while also improving the state and the health of skin cells in their entirety.

Unfortunately, due to its high content of acetic acid, it can actually lead to dry skin if used excessively. As a result, it should not be used as a treatment for dry skin.


Can apple cider vinegar treat emphysema?

Emphysema is a specific lung condition that is known to result in severe shortness of breath. It is a condition in which that the air sacs within the lungs (known as alveoli) become damaged, leading to a reduced lung surface area – which in turn reduces the amount of oxygen the body can absorb from the air within the lungs.

The antioxidant properties of apple cider vinegar mean that it may slow the decline in function associated with emphysema, but do not have any ability to treat it.


Can apple cider vinegar treat endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a disease that occurs when tissue from the uterus exists outside the lining that is meant to contain it. In the most severe cases, this can lead to extreme pain and infertility, although in less severe cases these symptoms may not be present.

While the bacteria, minerals, and nutrients found within apple cider vinegar do have the potential to boost health and immune system function (which may, therefore, reduce the pain associated with endometriosis), it does not have the capacity to act as a treatment or cure.


Can apple cider vinegar treat erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction (also known as impotence) describes a male’s inability to get or maintain an erection, rendering them unable to complete intercourse. Erectile dysfunction is typically thought to be a symptom of a larger problem (either physiological or psychological).

Currently, no studies demonstrate a link between apple cider vinegar and erectile dysfunction, although there does appear to be a strong link between both type II diabetes and obesity and erectile dysfunction.

As a result, apple cider vinegar may have some small capacity to assist erectile dysfunction indirectly by aiding in the treatment of these two diseases.[29]


Can apple cider vinegar treat an eye infection?

Eye infections occur when the tissue of the eye becomes inflamed and irritated. This often occurs in response to bacterial, fungal, or viral infections, and can lead to discomfort, affected vision, and itchiness.

The probiotic, antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties of apple cider vinegar make it an effective treatment for an eye infection, as it can remove harmful microorganisms while also reducing swelling and redness.[25]

We should note that a diluted treatment is essential, as the tissue of the eye is sensitive and prone to damage.


Can apple cider vinegar kill E. coli?

Escherichia coli (shortened to E. coli) is a type of bacteria that normally live in the human intestines. Most E. coli bacteria are completely harmless and considered an important part of a healthy intestinal tract. However, some specific strains of E. coli are highly pathogenic, meaning they can cause illness, diarrhea, and gastrointestinal distress.

Apple cider vinegar may have the capacity to assist in the treatment of E. coli by increasing the acidity of the digestive system and providing the gut with healthy bacterium – both of which can assist in the removal of harmful E. coli.[32]


Can apple cider vinegar treat genital warts?

Genital warts (also known as Condylomata acuminate) are one of the most common genital diseases on the planet. Caused by a key infection known as human papillomavirus (HPV for short), they can lead to discomfort around the infected area.

With this in mind, the acidic and antiviral qualities of apple cider vinegar mean that it can be used to treat mild cases of genital warts – although more severe cases may require more drastic treatment.[33]


Can apple cider vinegar treat herpes?

Herpes is a type of viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (or HSV for short). This particular virus affects the external genitalia, the anal region, certain mucosal surfaces, and a number of other parts of the body. With this comes blisters, ulcers, pain while urinating, cold sores, and vaginal discharge.

As apple cider vinegar does have potent antiviral and antimicrobial properties, it may have the potential to remove the infection, while also reducing the swelling and inflammation associated with herpes – although it is important to note that in more serious cases, more advanced treatment may be required.[34]


Can apple cider vinegar help reduce inflammation?

Apple cider vinegar appears to have potent anti-inflammatory properties. As a result, its consumption appears to provide a good way to reduce the systemic inflammation associated with an increased risk of disease and illness, as well as more localized sources of physical inflammation that occur with disease and illness.[2]


Can apple cider vinegar be used with intermittent fasting?

Intermittent fasting revolves around the concept of abstaining from food periodically to capitalize on the hormonal changes that occur in a fasted state. With this in mind, during your fasting windows, you are expected to keep your caloric intake to as close to nothing as humanly possible.

As a result, a single tablespoon of apple cider vinegar contains only one calorie and can have a positive impact on fat metabolism and metabolic rate.[29] As such, it may offer an excellent addition to a fasting schedule to promote additional weight loss and improve health without interfering with your fasting window.


Can apple cider vinegar treat joint pain?

Both physical damage and joint based inflammation can lead to pain in the joints, while also reducing the range of motion and inhibiting joint function.

Given its anti-inflammatory properties, regularly drinking apple cider vinegar may reduce general joint pain if it is driven by inflammation. Note that it will not have the capacity to heal joint pain if it stems from physical damage or malformation.[27]


Can apple cider vinegar treat keratosis pilaris?

Keratosis pilaris is a relatively common skin condition that results in small hard bumps appearing on the skin (often likened to the feeling of sandpaper). These bumps are often light in color and sometimes come with redness or swelling. They are thought to be the result of the build-up of keratin (a protein used in skin cell production) on the skin.

As apple cider vinegar has the ability to cause chemical peeling (the process where acidic compounds remove damaged outer layers of skin and promote the growth and regeneration of new skin cells), it may also provide a way to speed up the healing of keratosis pilaris when applied directly to the affected area.[35]


Can apple cider vinegar treat leaky gut?

Leaky gut describes the state of the digestive system when it becomes damaged and porous, thus allowing the transfer of harmful organisms from the gut into the body. This can greatly increase your risk of disease and illness while also inducing a decline in mental capacity, physical function, and immune system function.

As apple cider vinegar contains small amounts of pectin (a soluble form of fiber that can enhance digestion and increase the number of good bacteria within the gut), it may reduce some of the stress placed on the digestive system, thus allowing it to heal. This should only make up a single component of a healthy gut treatment plan, but should not be the only means of treatment.[36]


Can apple cider vinegar lower blood sugar?

High blood sugar is a key risk factor for both heart disease and diabetes and has been increasing in incidence over the last 100 years at an exponential rate. The consumption of apple cider vinegar with meals appears to reduce the blood sugar response after eating, and its regular consumption appears to lead to lower resting levels of blood sugar.

This suggests that apple cider vinegar may offer an excellent addition to diet and exercise in those individuals looking to lower their blood sugar levels.[37]


Can apple cider vinegar help during menopause?

Menopause is a normal condition that all women experience as they age, describing the broad array of changes that occur in the body during the cessation of menstruation (marking the end of the reproductive cycle).

With menopause comes an increase in inflammation, an increased risk of yeast infection, and a reduction in skin quality – all of which can be treated with apple cider vinegar. As a result, apple cider vinegar may reduce the severity of the symptoms associated with menopause.


Can apple cider vinegar promote muscle growth?

Apple cider vinegar has been shown to reduce blood sugar levels and increase the body’s sensitivity to the hormone insulin (which is arguably the most anabolic hormone in the entire body).

As a result, by making the body more susceptible to the action of insulin, prolonged consumption of apple cider vinegar may improve our ability to absorb protein into the muscle tissue after exercise, and therefore enhance muscle growth slightly.[27]


Can apple cider vinegar treat nausea?

Nausea can occur due to disease and illness, or through the result of excessive motion (resulting in motion sickness). Although apple cider vinegar may have the potential to treat some infections that lead to nausea, it has little ability to improve upon nausea itself – particularly those that result from motion sickness.

In fact, some people have suggested that taking apple cider vinegar when nauseous can exacerbate the symptoms, making the discomfort worse.


Can apple cider vinegar treat night sweats?

As the name suggests, night sweats refer to episodes of extreme perspiration that occur during sleep – often to the extent of soaking your bedclothes or bedding. Night sweats are often thought to be the symptom of a greater problem.

If night sweats are the result of a viral or bacterial infection, then it is highly likely that the consumption of apple cider vinegar may act as an effective treatment.


Can apple cider vinegar treat cold sores?

Cold sores a type of viral infection that can result in skin blisters, redness, and swelling. They most commonly occur on the outside of the mouth and lips, but can also occur on the skin of the nose, cheeks, and fingers.

Given its potent antiviral properties, the application of apple cider vinegar to the affected area does appear to have merit as a cold sore treatment. Considering its action as a potent anti-inflammatory, it may also have the ability to reduce any associated redness and swelling.[2]


Can apple cider vinegar treat rosacea?

Rosacea is a relatively common, and chronic, condition that affects the skin (with specific emphasis on the face). It can lead to skin redness and swelling, vascular lines on the skin, skin enlargement, and even eye problems.

As the consumption of apple cider vinegar does have the potential to boost immune system function by enhancing the state of the digestive system and fighting off harmful free radicals, it can naturally enhance the body’s ability to fight rosacea – although it does not appear to treat it directly.[38]


Can apple cider vinegar help me get to sleep?

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which aids the breakdown of complex food molecules – including protein. By increasing protein digestion, apple cider vinegar has the capacity to enhance your absorption of a key amino acid known as tryptophan – which has shown strong associations with increased sleep quality and quantity.

As a result, drinking apple cider vinegar regularly may help you get to sleep and sleep more soundly.


Can apple cider vinegar treat varicose veins?

Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins that have a tendency to protrude from the skin. While not debilitating, they can result in mild aching and some discomfort. We should note that they might also be an indication of a larger circulatory problem.

Although apple cider vinegar does have some capacity to improve both skin quality and blood flow (and therefore prevent the development of varicose veins), it does not appear to have the capacity to treat varicose veins.


Can apple cider vinegar treat vertigo?

Vertigo describes the unexplained sensation of rotation, rocking, or spinning, even when an individual is standing completely still. Vertigo can be the result of a bacterial or viral infection within the inner ear, or due to improper fluid drainage within the ear canal.

As a result, apple cider vinegar may be able to assist in vertigo treatment if it stems from viral or bacterial origins.[28]


Take Away Message

Apple cider vinegar does appear to exhibit a number of health-boosting properties that can also stave off disease and illness. Its biggest merit appears to be the ability to treat bacterial and fungal infections, as well as its capacity to improve metabolic health and decrease cardiovascular risk factors.

It should be stated that is often not as effective as prescription medication, and therefore may only offer a means of treatment in more mild cases.

If you have had any experience with apple cider vinegar and health we would love to hear about it – so drop us a comment and we will get back to you ASAP.

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    Allen Dunn

    Allen Dunn is a self-described health nut that enjoys researching different ways to improve daily life naturally. He is particularly interested in natural remedies and has written extensively on apple cider vinegar. His writing reflects this and can be found throughout the Organic Daily Post website.

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