Six reasons apple cider vinegar is pretty amazing

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Dr Michael Mosley joined us for a Facebook Live to talk about his new book, The Clever Guts Diet. Here's what he had to say about the surprising benefits of apple cider vinegar, along with other store-cupboard staples

1. It helps control blood sugar levels

1. It helps control blood sugar levels

Dr Michael Mosley says:

“Drink a shot (two tablespoons) of apple cider vinegar diluted with water before eating. This will significantly reduce the amount of sugar going into your blood.”

Mumsnetters say:

“Apparently there are different types of apple cider vinegar – you need to find the organic type that looks more cloudy and has lots of sediment. Apparently that's the good, active stuff that has all the health benefits.”

2. It makes your hair shine

2. It makes your hair shine

Dr Michael Mosley says:

“Add four tablespoons to a cup of water and pour it over your hair. Leave it on for a moment and rinse.”

Mumsnetters say:

In the last few weeks I've used a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water after washing my hair. It seems fuller, is definitely shinier and appears healthier. It's also a really good scalp tonic – especially for an itchy scalp."

3. It cures bad breath

3. It cures bad breath

Dr Michael Mosley says:

“Add half a tablespoon to a cup of water and gargle”

Mumsnetters say:

“Apple cider vinegar is your best friend when it comes to getting rid of bad breath. Gargle every morning with a spoonful diluted with warm water. Worked a treat when I had that weird metallic taste in my mouth as well when I was pregnant.”

4. It relieves sore throats

4. It relieves sore throats

Dr Michael Mosley says:

“Mix two tablespoons of apple wine vinegar with two tablespoons of warm water and gargle.”

Mumsnetters say:

“I swear by apple cider vinegar for colds, coughs and sore throats. I have a tablespoon of it in half a cup of hot water with honey. It's a bit like having hot whiskey, except it actually makes you better."

5. It improves problem skin

5. It improves problem skin

Dr Michael Mosley says:

“Some people put it on their face and claim it’s good for skin and for curing acne. There’s a very strong link between the skin and the gut, and what you eat strongly influences things like acne and eczema.”

Mumsnetters say:

“Once I was clear from acne I used an apple cider vinegar/water mix as a toner. It has really helped clear up the red scars – and honey is leaving my face very soft.”

“I drink a glass first thing, as soon as I get up, diluted 50/50 with warm water and with a spoon of honey added. I've noticed that my skin is clearer and glowier.”

6. It combats warts and fungal infections

6. It combats warts and fungal infections

Dr Michael Mosley says:

“Soak a cotton pad with vinegar and water and secure it over the wart. Leave it on overnight and repeat each night for a week.”

Mumsnetters say:

" I did use it to get rid of a wart I had on the ball of my foot that was there there for years. It worked really well (though it hurt like a bitch!). I had tried every other conceivable product on the market before that but nothing had worked."


Find out what other foods Dr Michael Mosley recommends to maintain a healthy gut by watching the video.

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