Apple cider vinegar is leading popular vinegar in the world of natural health. This is because of the benefits that the drink has to offer.
Apple cider vinegar is an age old product which was vividly used for cooking purposes and also to treat wounds. However the product lacks sufficient researches to claim the benefits. Nevertheless, in recent years a couple of studies have taken place that support the fact that apple cider vinegar is not just a preservative but also helpful in reducing weight, fighting obesity and improving heart health .
Let’s have a closer look at it.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
It is majorly apple juice which also has mixed yeast in it. Adding of yeast turns the fruit juice into alcohol – a process known as fermentation. Adding bacteria further turns the alcohol into acetic acid which is the reason for that sour taste and strong smell of this vinegar.
How is this Commonly Used?
Apple Cider Vinegar is commonly used in baking, cooking, salad dressings and also as a preservative. In ancient times, it was used for the treatment of wounds by Greek doctor.
Presently the vinegar is increasingly in demand for a number of health reasons. However, if you are also planning to opt it for one, give due consideration to its dosage.
Since the vinegar is highly acidic, do not take it directly as it can prove dangerous to your stomach, teeth and can also hurt your throat. It is usually recommended to add one to two tablespoons to water or tea. Some people also add half spoon of honey in it to ward off the side effects.
Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
It is an ancient folk medicine and has been consumed for various household and cooking purposes.
In recent years, studies backing on benefits of apple cider being acidic support that the vinegar can be beneficial in a number of ways.
- Kills a Number of Harmful Bacteria
Vinegar has the power to kill pathogens including bacteria. As mentioned earlier, it was used for cleaning wounds over thousand years ago. It was also used for cleaning and disinfecting, treating nail fungus, lice, warts and ear infections.
Apple cider vinegar is an excellent source of natural preservative. Studies support that the presence of bacteria prevents food from spoiling.
- Improves Blood Sugar and Insulin
Vinegar has been observed to reap maximum benefits so far in patients with type 2 diabetes. It has several benefits for blood sugar and insulin levels.
Hence vinegar can be effective for people with diabetes, pre-diabetes and for those who want to keep their blood sugar levels low for some other reasons.
Do check with your doctor for starting with vinegar if you are already taking any kind of blood sugar lowering medicine.
- Looking for something to reduce weight, apple cider vinegar may help.
Various studies prove that vinegar can creates the feeling of fullness, helps you eat fewer calories and leads to shedding of extra pounds. People who are on high carb diet if take vinegar along with, they have shown to eat lesser calories in the next meal because of the feeling of satiety.
However one needs to be considerate that reducing weight demands an overall diet and fitness regime. Adding or eliminating one or two things won’t really help.
- Improves Heart Health by Lowering Cholesterol
Studies (though done on animals) advocate that apple cider vinegar reduces cholesterol and triglyceride levels which may prove helpful in reducing the risk of several heart diseases.
Human studies also give evidence that apple cider vinegar can decrease blood sugar levels, improve insulin sensitivity and aid in fighting diabetes. All these factors should also lead to reduced risk of heart disease.
- Reduces the Risk of Cancer
Vinegar comprise of chemicals known as polyphenols. They act as antioxidants which help in curbing cell damage responsible for diseases such as cancer.
However there are no human studies so far proving the same.
Apple cider vinegar seems to come across as a promising candidate in the natural health society. Even if there are not much researches to prove, the age old use of the vinegar gives it a strong reason to be right.
Given the right amount of usage along with a view from your physician can prove helpful if you are planning to take it for health issues.