Ladies and ladies. How often have you heard about the miraculous benefits of apple cider vinegar from your friendly-neighbourhood Instagram influencer? A little too often you say? Well, a rage amongst wellness enthusiasts, everyone swears by the benefits of apple cider vinegar. Hell, nearly every supermarket stocks it.

But should you embrace it with open arms? Let’s find out:

Apple cider vinegar might have weight loss benefits
A 2006 study claims that apple cider vinegar can speed up your metabolism. Conducted on mice, the study found that ACV increases fat burning as well as decreases the production of fat and glucose in the liver.

Similarly, a 2014 study in the journal Nature Communications states that apple cider vinegar can suppress appetite. But before you start gulping down spoonfuls of apple cider vinegar, we suggest you check with a nutritionist—as nothing, including the humble ACV—comes without side effects.

It’s a boon for diabetics
Turns out, apple cider vinegar can also control blood sugar. Dietitian Carol Johnston of Arizona State University’s Department of Nutrition has been studying the effects of this vinegar on blood glucose for years. Johnston’s research indicates that ACV can help reduce blood sugar in healthy people and those with pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes (late-onset). “What acetic acid is doing,” she theorizes, “is blocking the absorption of starch.”

Does this mean you can include apple cider vinegar in your diet right away? Well, not really. If you are diabetic, then it is essential that you discuss the inclusion of this superfood in diet with your doctor first. Better safe than sorry, right?

It can help your skin glow!

All vinegars are known for killing pathogens, including bacteria, and apple cider vinegar is no different. Just dilute a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in five to 10 ml of water. Soak a cotton pad in it and dab the mixture on your face. Rinse it off for healthy skin.

Note: Please check with your doctor before including apple cider vinegar in your diet; and do a patch test with ACV before applying it on your skin to rule out any severe reactions.