For centuries, vinegar has been used for multiple purposes. Made in a two-way process, the apples are first crushed and added with yeast, which is fermented to sugar and turned to alcohol. The second step involves adding bacteria to the alcohol solution, which further ferment the alcohol and turn it into acetic acid- the main active compound in vinegar.
When it comes to edible home remedies, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is the most popular vinegar in the natural health community. ACV is considered an ancient folk remedy that claimed to have health benefits, some which are supported by science. It has wide-ranging benefits include everything from lowering blood glucose level and cholesterol to weight-loss issues.
Continue reading to find out the 5 health benefits of ACV that is supported by science.
1. Natural Preservative and Disinfectant
With acetic acid as the main substance, ACV (or any kind of vinegar) can kill or prevent bacteria from multiplying and reaching to harmful level. Traditionally, vinegar has been used for cleaning and disinfecting, treating nail fungus, lice, warts and ear infections. Vinegar was also used as a food preservative, which studies show that it inhibits bacteria (E. coli, etc) from growing and spoiling the food. If you are looking for the most natural way to preserve food, ACV is highly handy.
2. Curbs Appetite
ACV can help you to lose weight (have I got your full attention yet?). The acetic acid suppresses your appetite, increase your metabolism rate, and reduces water retention. According to several studies, ACV increases your food satisfaction and make you feel fuller, resulting in you consuming fewer calories and eventually lead to weight-loss.
3. Prevents Diabetes
ACV has numerous benefits for insulin function and blood glucose levels. Studies have shown that vinegar improves insulin sensitivity and significantly lower blood glucose and insulin responses during meals. Patients with Type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetic or those who wants to keep their blood glucose level low will find the usefulness of ACV. However, if you are taking blood glucose lowering medication, please check with your doctor before consuming ACV.
4. Reduce Risks For Heart Disease
Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) is the leading killer in the world. Although studies were conducted in rats, ACV is found to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Containing antioxidant chlorogenic acid, it protects LDL (Low-density lipoproteincholesterol) particles from becoming oxidized, which is a crucial step in heart disease process.
5. Detoxifies The System
Vinegar improves the body circulation and clears out the liver. Consider as a natural laxative, it generally cleans you out and prevents indigestion. Follow this folk remedy, which involves adding a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of ACV to a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before a meal.
The best way to incorporate ACV into your diet is to use it in your food such as a salad dressing. Never consume ACV directly as it might burn your esophagus. Instead, dilute ACV with the right ratio of vinegar to water; 1 tablespoon of ACV with one glass of water. Add honey to sweeten the mixture can make it more tolerable to consume.
If you are considering adding ACV to your daily life, try Braggs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar for a start.
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