Apple cider vinegar is good for your body in many ways. Here are 6 benefits of apple cider vinegar that really work.
How is Apple Cider Vinegar Made?
ACV is made in a two-step process.
First, the apples are crushed and liquid is squeezed out. Bacteria and yeast are added to the liquid to start the fermentation process. The sugars are turned into alcohol.
In the second fermentation process, the alcohol is converted into vinegar with bacteria that turns it into acetic acid – the active compound in vinegar.
Acetic acid is not vinegar, it is a bacteria found in vinegar that is a byproduct of the fermentation process. This bacteria is responsible for the benefits you’ll read about in this article.
6 Proven Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Balances Blood Sugar
ACV has been shown to have numerous benefits for improving insulin function and blood sugar levels. This is the benefit with the most scientific data.
- 1 tablespoon of ACV in water before meals increases insulin sensitivity and significantly lowers blood sugar spikes during meals. It has an anti-glycemic effect. (1, 5)
- Improves insulin sensitivity in high carbohydrate meals (4).
- Reduces blood sugar when eating bread (2).
- 2 tablespoons of ACV in water before bed reduces fasting blood sugar levels and may help you sleep better (3)
Healthy Weight Loss
The blood sugar balancing aspect of ACV can reduce cravings for sweets. If you’re having a sugar craving, drink 8 ounces of water with 1 tablespoon ACV and your craving should go away.
Studies have shown that ACV can protect cholesterol from oxidation or damage, which is the main risk of high cholesterol.
ACV contains chlorogenic acids that help lower LDL or bad cholesterol, preventing it from accumulating and crystallizing in the bloodstream.
Balances pH and Boosts Stomach Acid
Even though acetic acid, the major component in apple cider vinegar is acidic outside the body, like lemon water, it has an alkalizing effect on your body. It helps balance your pH.
The acetic acid in ACV has been clinically shown to boost stomach acid production in people with low HCL production. It can increase the body’s absorption of important minerals from the foods we eat.
Fantastic Disinfectant and Bacteria Killer
Hippocrates used vinegar to treat wounds over 2000 years ago. Modern research has shown it can kill certain types of bacteria like E. coli and S. aureus. It may not be as effective as Clorox but it is a much safer product to use in your home.
How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar
To use apple cider vinegar for weight loss: Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV in 2 cups of water and drink before your lunch and dinner. (6)
ACV is a good for washing vegetables. Fill up the sink or a bowl with water, add a few big splashes of apple cider vinegar and soak for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Rinse and dry.
Mix equal parts ACV with water to make an effective all natural household cleaner.
Use apple cider vinegar in salad dressing for a healthy tangy taste.
Be sure to use raw and unpasteurized ACV, such as Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar. It contains all of the enzymes and beneficial bacteria found in vinegar that are destroyed during pasteurization.
If you have sensitive teeth, rinse your mouth after drinking an ACV tonic, also you can use a straw to prevent it from getting acid on your teeth.
ACV is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. ACV may lower blood sugar levels, therefore, patients on diabetes medications should consult with their primary care physician before using ACV medicinally.
If you’re taking Digoxin (Lanoxin), Insulin, or Diuretics consult with your doctor as these medicines can lower potassium levels. Large amounts of ACV can decrease potassium levels as well, and the combination may result in a potassium deficiency.
While apple cider vinegar is not a miracle cure it is a wonderful tonic for better health.
One of my favorite recipes using ACV is Watercress and Avocado Salad. Click for recipe
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