You may have heard by now about the buzz surrounding apple cider vinegar. If you have it in your kitchen, you are probably used to using it as a cooking ingredient. But do you know about the amazing health benefits that come along with it? Apple cider vinegar has been credited with everything from curing hiccups and alleviating cold symptoms to aiding in weight loss and helping to prevent heart disease.
Here are just a few in a long list of benefits of adding just one tablespoon a day of apple cider vinegar to your diet:
Vinegar is said to be anti-glycemic and has a beneficial effect on blood sugar levels. It’s thought that the acetic acid in vinegar may lower blood sugar by preventing the complete digestion of complex carbohydrates, which is accomplished either by accelerating gastric emptying or increasing the uptake of glucose by bodily tissues.3
One theory is that vinegar might inactivate some of the digestive enzymes that break down carbohydrates into sugar, thus slowing the conversion of complex carbohydrate into sugar from a meal into your bloodstream.
This gives your body more time to pull sugar out of your blood, preventing your sugar levels from spiking. Quite a bit of research supports the use of vinegar as a diabetic treatment as well.
One study found that vinegar treatment improved insulin sensitivity in 19 percent of individuals with type 2 diabetes and 34 percent of those with pre-diabetes.
et another study found taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegarbefore bed lowered blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes by up to 6 percent by the morning.
2. Heart Issues
Apple cider vinegar is extremely helpful in keeping the heart in good health and preventing heart diseases. It protects from cardiovascular diseases because it maintains the levels of healthy cholesterol (HDL) and protects the arteries from damage. Namely, it impedes oxidation of the bad cholesterol (LDL) due to its antioxidants and polyphenol compounds like chlorogenic acid.
Furthermore, it controls blood pressure and reduces the levels of triglycerides. The acetic acid found in ACV reduces renin activity, which is a plasma enzyme that regulates blood pressure, urination, and thirst.
3. Weight Loss
Apple cider vinegar is extremely beneficial in the struggle to lose excess pounds. The acetic acid it contains accelerates the metabolism, reduces the water retention and suppresses the appetite.
4. Bacterial Infections
Due to its antibacterial properties, apple cider vinegar can successfully fight against bacterial infections, such as warts, nail fungus, lice, and ear infections. The abundance of this vinegar in acetic acid makes it a great solution for eliminating warts. All you need to do is apply apple cider vinegar topically, and the wart will disappear.
Moreover, the antibacterial properties may also impede bacteria growth in food, such as Escherichia coli. Therefore, it also works as a food preservative.
The same properties help in treating colds, sore throat, and sinus congestion by eliminating the mucus from your nose, sinuses, and throat.
5. Digestion Issues
Acid reflux typically results from having too little acid in your stomach. You can easily improve the acid content of your stomach by taking one tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar in a large glass of water daily. The pectin in apple cider vinegar may also help to soothe intestinal spasms.