In a world of instant gratification and miracle cures, people are always looking for the next trend to fix their health problems. But one that has been around for quite a while is apple cider vinegar (ACV). Almost everybody has a friend (or a friend of a friend) who claims they've benefited from daily doses of it. From promoting weight loss to regular bowel movements to a healthy heart, this unassuming liquid allegedly does it all.
Despite its popularity in the modern wellness world, apple cider vinegar has been an active player in the arena of natural remedies for millennia. Hippocrates believed it to be a remedy for a variety of ailments, including the common cold. And vinegar, in any form, has been used for countless purposes throughout human history, including the disinfection of wounds on the battlefield and the prevention of the bubonic plague; in fact, its medicinal uses date back to Biblical times.
With so much history behind it, this miracle liquid makes a strong case for itself. Luckily, we live in an age of science-based medicine, in which facts can be easily separated from fiction. So is apple cider vinegar really an age-old cure-all—or is it all just hype?