Apple cider vinegar is probably the most popular type of vinegar in the health community owing to its benefits and it’s also an ancient folk remedy which has been used in our households for a number of purposes, cooking is one of those.
Apple cider vinegar is the best liquid to consume in the morning to give a boost to your entire day. It gives you way more than the simple caffeine drink we prefer taking early in the morning. Its benefits are supported by several studies and science as well. It cleanses your skin, boosts your energy, helps in weight loss, reduces cholesterol, lowers blood sugar levels, to mention a few.
But how exactly does apple cider vinegar do all this to your body?
Here are some of the proven benefits.
You’ll have better digestion throughout the day
One of the amazing qualities of apple cider vinegar is that it balances pH with its acidity. Apple cider vinegar alters the pH of our stomach will allow our body to digest food more efficiently. This will, in turn, minimize bloating and acidity.
It makes your breath smell better
Apple cider vinegar has natural acids like acetic acid and malic acid which work upon the bacteria in your mouth causing a stinky smell. Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in one-third cup of water and gargle for 20 seconds and say goodbye to that bad smell of your mouth.
It works as a detox
It’s an easier way to cleanse your body without spending any huge amount. Taking apple cider vinegar in the morning helps in cleansing your liver and keeps it healthy. It also clears the bacteria in your body.
Helps you lose weight and reduces belly fat
Several studies have found that intake of apple cider vinegar can increase satiety, and that helps you eat fewer calories. This increases the feeling of fullness which leads to weight loss.
You could absorb more of your food nutrients
The helpful prebiotics in apple cider vinegar that feeds the good bacteria in the body allows the absorption of the vitamins and minerals from our food more easily and thereby helps our body to function in a better manner and improve our overall health.
Lowers blood sugar levels and fights diabetes
As of now the most successful application of apple cider vinegar is seen in patients with Type 2 diabetes which is characterized by high blood sugar levels either due to insulin resistance or the inability to produce insulin.
- ACV Improves insulin sensitivity during a high-carb meal by 19–34% which significantly lowers blood sugar and insulin responses
- Studies have shown that it reduces blood sugar by 34% after eating 50 grams of white bread
- It can improve insulin function and lower blood sugar levels after meals
Scientists have said that it’s better to take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar along with a snack and have lower blood sugar levels instead of taking two tablespoons of water with a snack. Therefore even people without diabetes must use apple cider vinegar to keep their blood sugar levels in control.
Lowers cholesterol and improves heart health
Studies have shown apple cider vinegar can reduce blood triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood pressure. Thus, it reduces the risk of developing heart diseases.
May have protective effects against cancer
Some studies have also shown that apple cider vinegar can slow the growth of cancer cells and shrink the tumors.
It helps strengthen the immune system
Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic and hence kills bacteria present in the body which might lead to cold, cough, etc. Therefore it boosts the strength of the immune system. This is the reason why it has been used as a wound disinfectant and natural preservative for centuries (recall the process of pickle making at home). Germs and bacteria cannot survive near it.
Apple cider vinegar has many non-health benefits as well like hair conditioning, skin care, dental care, pet use etc. to name a few. So it is a good resort for people who prefer natural chemical-free products.
To sum up the qualities and effectiveness of apple cider vinegar I would say it’s very healthy and safe for all to use (obviously not in excessive amounts). A common dosage for apple cider vinegar ranges from 1-2 tablespoons per day, either used in cooking or mixed in a glass of water.
Though I wouldn’t call it any “cure-all” formula but it does have many important health benefits specifically when it comes to your blood sugar level, increasing weight and digestion issues. It works great and puts your life at ease.
So for once definitely Use It, Feel It, Share It and Cherish It.