What’s So Good About Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has recently become really popular, and for good reason too. It has a wide range of applications, including everything from alleviating colds to helping manage weight loss and diabetes. Vinegar has been used as an anti-inflammatory for medicinal purposes for thousands of years, so it’s not really a new thing. there’s just been more research into the use of vinegar in our diets.  Apple cider vinegar is essentially fermented apples or apple cider that then becomes acetic acid, the main ingredient in vinegar, by adding bacteria.

It can help keep your blood sugar down and control appetite
One of the main ideas behind downing ACV is that it helps weight loss because its a fat burner, but this is only half true. It does help with weight loss, but not because it magically targets fat stores. ACV has antiglycemic effects, meaning it can keep your blood sugar levels balanced according to several studies that have shown a link between the two. One study of people with type 2 diabetes who weren’t taking insulin found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed resulted in lower glucose levels by morning.
Vinegar can reduce post-meal glucose and insulin responses through blocking some starch digestion. The idea that flows on from this evidence is that since less starch is being digested, blood sugar levels are slower to rise, making you feel fuller for longer. Slower emptying of the stomach will make you feel less hungry, and hopefully help you avoid snacking on high calorie foods. Another Japanese study showed only modest weight loss over a 12 week period.  Starchy foods contain more soluble fiber, meaning they like to hold on to water – this means that another benefit of decreased starch absorption is that you will likely feel less bloated.

It helps digestion
Nutritionally, ACV contains probiotics and small amounts of amino acids, antioxidants and trace elements of potassium. Potassium helps your muscles contract, meaning it keeps digestion running smoothly by aiding intestinal peristalsis. ACV also contains pectin, which also soothes intestinal spasms. One of its oldest uses is helping an upset stomach, and taking some before you eat can also help with indigestion.

It can potentially reduce levels of harmful cholesterol
According to a 2012 study published in Life Science Journal, consumption of ACV over an eight-week period can significantly reduce harmful blood lipids that contribute to high cholesterol levels in people who suffer from hyperlipidemia (too many fats in the blood).

It’s great for you skin
The antibacterial properties in ACV help reduce acne when applied as a dliuted toner, and the malic and lactic acids help balance the pH of your skin.

You can clean with it
ACV is said to gently clean and disinfect household surfaces: one part vinegar to two parts water, plus a few drops of tea tree oil for its antibacterial qualities. Another known use for this wonder-worker is in the conditioning of wood. A concoction of half a cup of any vegetable oil with half a cup of apple cider vinegar is said to create a furniture polish that will clean and treat wooden furniture and surfaces, and remove water stains.

With all of these uses, I’m sure you’ll find something on this list that makes you want to buy some ACV!

 

Clara

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