I love apple cider vinegar. I love the taste and the benefits. Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar that is made by the fermentation of apple cider. The sugar in the apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast and turned into alcohol and then into vinegar.
There have been many scientific studies on the effects of apple cider vinegar. The benefits of apple cider vinegar is huge. Such benefits include helping with acne, allergies, arthritis, chronic fatigue
syndrome, diabetes, flu, gout, heartburn, high cholesterol, and sore throat.
Preventative care is the best kind of care. With diabetes, heart disease, and stroke as the top three killers in the United States, it’s important to know what can help you prevent these diseases.
Here are 4 benefits of apple cider vinegar:
In 2007 a study, published in Diabetes Care, found that Type II diabetes patients who consumed two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar at bedtime showed favorable changes in blood sugar levels the following morning.
The biologically active constituent of vinegar is acetic acid, also the source of the liquid’s lip-puckering pungency. Nobumasa Ogawa, Ph.D., of Tokyo University in Tokyo, discovered that the acetic acid inhibits the activity of several carbohydrate-digesting enzymes, including amylase, sucrase, maltase, and lactase. As a result, when vinegar is present in the intestines, some sugars and starches temporarily pass through without being digested, so they have less of an impact on blood sugar.
2. Weight Loss
A study published in 2009 found that obese people who consumed acetic acid (found in apple cider vinegar) daily for 12 weeks experienced significant decreases in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference, and triglycerides.
Most apple cider vinegar weight loss home remedies, like the one investigated in Vermont by Dr. D. C. Jarvis, M.D., call for the taking of one or two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water before each meal. Patricia Bragg recommends adding 1 or 2 teaspoons of raw honey to this mixture.
Whichever way you take it, don’t expect a rapid weight loss, the weight will be lost gradually, as it should be to allow the body’s fat cells to adjust to their new size.
3. Blood Pressure & Cholesterol
High blood pressure can lead to major health problems including heart attack, stroke, aneurysms, congestive heart failure and kidney damage. A normal blood pressure reading is considered to be 120/80. If yours is higher, consider apple cider vinegar as a normalizing agent.
Studies conducted on rats found that acetic acid may help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
4. Alkaline Acid Balance
The theory behind the alkaline diet is that our blood is slightly alkaline (with a normal pH level of between 7.35 and 7.45) and that our diet should reflect this pH level. Proponents of the alkaline-acid theory believe that a diet high in acid-producing foods leads to lack of energy, excessive mucous production, infections, anxiety, irritability, headache, sore throat, nasal and sinus congestion, allergic reactions, and increased risk of conditions such as arthritis and gout.
* If you take ACV between meals or before going to bed, always rinse your mouth to avoid any prolonged vinegar contact with the enamel on your teeth. Undiluted apple cider vinegar, in liquid or pill form, may damage the esophagus and other parts of the digestive tract. If you’re on any medication or have any medical conditions, check with your physician whether apple cider vinegar is right for you.
If you’re not a fan of apple cider vinegar, but need to get healthy, try adding ACV to your fresh juice.
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