Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for thousands of years as a medicine and for various household and cooking purposes. Ancient World had used it to detoxify the liver, purifying the blood and to boost immunity.
Apple Cider Vinegar is made from apple cider, which had been fermented to produce probiotics and enzymes. Though Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) had gained popularity very recently, the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar were well known for thousands of years.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar regulates blood sugar levels
The most well known benefit of apple cider vinegar is it helps to maintain normal blood sugar. Studies have found that consumption of Apple cider vinegar decreases blood sugar levels by an average of 31 percent.1)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7796781.
Studies conducted on diabetic rats shows that giving them apple cider vinegar for 4 weeks have reduced blood sugar levels.2)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19630216.
To maintain the blood sugar levels, mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 250ml of water and drink before meals.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar lowers Cholesterol
Cholesterol build up can cause the arteries to narrow and harden, high levels of Cholesterol can strain your heart, making it harder to pump blood, apple cider vinegar helps to keep the low density lipoprtein-cholesterol(LDL-c) and increase the levels of high density lipoprtein-cholesterol(HDL-c).3)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19630216
3. Apple Cider Vinegar helps in weight loss.
Apple cider vinegar is well known for its role in weight loss among fitness and natural health experts.
Studies have shown that consuming two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar everyday over 12 weeks have resulted in nearly 4 pounds of weight loss, without any modification to diet.4)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19661687
However sole dependence on apple cider vinegar for weight loss won’t do the trick, you should combine it with a healthy diet and physical activity.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar reduces blood pressure.
Apple cider vinegar reduces your blood pressure levels and keeps your heart healthy. Animal studies show that acetic acid in the apple cider vinegar reduces the blood pressure levels5)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11826965
You can also reduce blood pressure levels naturally by increasing the intake of magnesium and potassium and by increasing the intake of natural fibers with vegetables and fruits.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar improves skin health
Apple cider vinegar due to its anti-bacterial properties are effective against many strains of harmful bacteria, and has been shown to be effective in treating acne and reduce scarring. 6)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9713753
Apple cider vinegar is highly acetic and inhibits the growth of Propionibacterium acnes, the bacteria that causes acnes. 7) http’s: //www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24265031
6. Apple Cider Vinegar prevents Acid Reflux
Acid reflux or Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a condition where acid flows back into the esophagus, which causes heartburn and nausea. Apple Cider Vinegar relieves you from acid reflux by introducing acid, compensating the low levels of stomach acid which is the reason for Acid reflux.
The point to be remembered while using apple cider vinegar
Always dilute apple cider vinegar in water before drinking it. Consuming large amounts of apple cider vinegar can have negative effects like erosion of tooth enamel and decreased levels of Potassium
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