Apple cider vinegar or cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from the juice of freshly pressed apples.  It also contains pulp, skins, stems and seeds of apples, and it has been in use for hundreds of years for its culinary, medicinal and beauty treatment purposes.

Here are some of the known health benefits of apple cider vinegar:

1. It helps to promote healthier skin.

Its ability to create a healthy pH balance and remove dirt and excess oil from the skin makes the apple cider vinegar an effective skin and beauty enhancer.

2. It helps to promote weight loss.

Many health enthusiasts and weight watchers claim that apple cider vinegar may play a role in promoting weight loss.  According to their claims, by including cider vinegar in salad dressings, or drinking a glass of water diluted with one tablespoon of vinegar two times a day, excess weight can be reduced.  There are also claims that the frequent use of cider vinegar can help to reduce cholesterol levels which translates to lower blood pressure.

3. It helps to eliminate dandruff.

Apple cider vinegar contains properties that effectively kill fungi that can cause dandruff problems.  It also works to maintain normal pH levels in the scalp.

You can treat dandruff by mixing raw apple cider vinegar and water, applying the mixture onto your scalp and leaving it for at least one hour before rinsing.

3. It helps to add flavor to your cooking.

Apple cider vinegar is not only useful as a beauty enhancer; it also plays a role in adding flavor to your food and drinks.  This vinegar has become an important ingredient in a lot of foods and drinks today.

4. It helps to protect domesticated animals from insects.

Apple cider vinegar is not only beneficial to humans but animals as well.  It helps to keep insects like fleas, ticks and mosquitos away from your pet dogs, cats, horses and other animals.  It can also provide relief from skin irritations caused by ticks.

These are some of the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.  While it has no harmful side effects, you should dilute it before using because its acetic acid content can give your mouth and throat an unpleasant harsh feeling.