6 Outstanding Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
In recent times, apple cider vinegar has gained more popularity because of its numerous benefits. Some benefits of Apple cider vinegar includes the ability to lower blood sugar, aid weight loss, lower cholesterol levels, improve skin, treat dandruff etc.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is produced from fermented apple into which bacteria is added to produce acetic acid. Acetic acid is the main active ingredient in apple cider vinegar, it also gives vinegar its sour taste and strong smell. Vinegar in French means sour wine.
Raw,organic unfiltered Apple cider vinegar contains strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria called the mother. Many people believe that the mother is responsible for most of vinegar health benefits. This claim is yet to be proven scientifically.
Apple cider vinegar is traditionally used in cooking, baking, salad dressings, as a preservative, and weed killer. ACV contains potassium, phosphorus, calcium, copper, magnesium as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E and bioflavonoids. 1
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been found to lower Low density lipoprotein which is the bad fat in the body. An animal study out of Iran showed that supplementing rats with apple cider vinegar was able to reduce bad LDL cholesterol while also increasing beneficial HDL cholesterol . (2)
Also chlorogenic acid in ACV prevent LDL from becoming oxidized. Oxidation of bad cholesterol is one of the main reasons for the development of plaques in our vessels. These plaques lead to clogged coronary arteries and development of heart diseases.
Aids weight loss
Drinking apple cider vinegar can promote weight loss by increasing satiety, lowering blood sugar and insulin levels. A study of obese individuals showed that daily vinegar consumption led to reduce Belly fat , waist circumference, lower blood triglycerides and weight loss (3). However, effective weight loss can be achieved by a combination of exercise and healthy diet.
Control blood sugar
For people suffering from type 2 diabetes, ACV can be benefical as it helps control blood sugar levels. It helps prevent spike in blood glucose level by regulating the way sugar is released into the blood stream. Drinking apple cider vinegar before meals increases the time your body has to process new sugars and keep your blood sugar stable.
If you are looking for a way to naturally preserve food instead of using chemicals then apple cider vinegar will come in handy. Studies has shown that apple cider vinegar can inhibit bacteria (like E. coli) from growing in the food and spoiling it (4).
Promote healthy skin
The antibacterial properties of ACV help keep acne under control. Also the malic and lactic acids found in apple cider vinegar soften and exfoliate skin, reduce red spots, and balance the pH of your skin. A 50/50 solution of Apple cider vinegar and water applied to the skin help tone the skin, reduce wrinkles and remove blemishes. Just soak a cotton wool in a diluted solution of Apple cider vinegar and apply to the affected area.
If your scalp has been itching constantly due to dandruff, you can effectively get rid of the itching with a 50/50 mixture of water and apple cider vinegar applied to the hair. Apple cider vinegar has been found to be effective in treating dandruff because it destroys the fungus that creates dandruff and restores the pH balance of the scalp. It also revitalize the hair giving it shine and soft texture.
Side effects & Recommendation
Apple cider vinegar has a lot of acid in it so it’s recommended that you dilute with water before drinking.
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