Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is a folk remedy that has long been used to treat many ailments. According to madidea.com, ACV can be used to treat ailments such as sinus infections, high cholesterol, aid digestion and balance the body’s pH. Apple cider vinegar contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids and trace elements that may make it an effective remedy for the discomfort and pain of sinus infections.


Background

According to jcrows.com, DeForest Jarvis was a country doctor in Vermont during the 1950s. Jarvis helped highlight ACV’s possible health benefits for the general public. In his book about Vermont folk remedies, the doctor described a concoction of apple-cider vinegar, water and honey or maple syrup that quenched the locals’ thirst and gave renewed energy. Some of Jarvis’ informal study participants claimed to lose weight as a side effect. Although, ACV most popularly is credited for its supposed weight-loss benefits, it has other long-recognized possible health benefits.

Composition

As detailed in the technical data at mdidea.com, the combination of fermented apples and vinegar creates the healthful properties of ACV. Its acetic acid and ion-futynic lactic and propionic acid promotes a healthy immune system, which allows for quick recovery from colds and infections and can help prevent illnesses. ACV may have antiseptic and antibiotic properties, and is considered to be “the richest source of amino acids,” according to mdidea.com.

Features

Apple cider vinegar contains B complex, A, C, and E vitamins as well as, but not limited to, potassium, magnesium and calcium. ACV is attributed with promoting heart health, bone strength, and healthy skin, to name only three wellness claims. According to mdidea.com, ACV’s potassium content can help decrease mucous formation and related sinus problems. (See References 4) Mdidea claims that anecdotal evidence over a six year period shows that ACV helps to rid sinus infections.

ACV and Sinus Infections

Individuals with allergies, colds or flu are at risk of sinus infection. Cure Zone recommends these are the times to begin ACV treatments. (See Additional Resources section.) Since potassium eases mucus formation, ACV can help to prevent the congestion that can lead to a sinus infection. Another ACV treatment method for sinus infection or to prevent one is to flush sinus passages by sniffing a mixture of 1-2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar mixed with several tbsp. of distilled water. Inhale, allow to drain down the throat and spit. Do this for each nostril. ACV has antiseptic properties that will fight sinus infections and clear mucus.

How To Use

One can purchase apple cider supplements at health foods stores. Always buy organic products. These products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). To make an ACV home remedy concoction, mix 1tbsp. apple cider vinegar with 1 tbsp. organic honey or maple syrup in 8 to 10 oz. of distilled water. Drink several glasses a day to relieve a sinus infection. (See Additional Resources section.) Avoid consuming undiluted ACV. ACV may damage teeth and may harm the esophagus. Begin by taking it in the morning as ACV may interfere with sleep.

Considerations

The FDA does not recognize health claims associated with apple cider vinegar and does not regulate ACV as a supplement. All claims are in the category of “may” or “can.” Consult with a doctor before using ACV for any health complaint.