I believe that most people are familiar with at least two health benefits that apple cider vinegar provides since so much has been written about it recently. New studies are confirming its plentiful healing properties.
Not only does it help cure so many common ailments but it is also incredibly versatile.
Apple cider vinegar is used as a cosmetic product to beautify the skin and whiten teeth but it also serves a wonderful purpose as a green household cleaner. Taking small amounts of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar for just two months can help you put some health troubles behind you. Here are the benefits of taking it regularly.
Apple cider vinegar stabilizes blood sugar levels
This property of apple cider vinegar has been scientifically backed up.
Two independent studies have confirmed that patients with type 2 diabetes can have significant benefits from apple cider vinegar. The first group of patients took two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before going to bed at night. In the morning, their blood sugar levels were lowered.
The second group consisted of insulin resistant patients who took apple cider vinegar diluted in water before their meal. After the meal, their sugar levels were measured and the results also showed that they were reduced.
Apple cider vinegar gives you energy
The amino acids, enzymes and potassium fight against the fatigue caused by different reasons.
When we exercise, lactic acid is created in the body, which causes exhaustion. The active components of apple cider vinegar act against it. So, drinking a mixture of water or juice with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar regularly will energize and refresh you.
Apple cider vinegar makes your skin acne-free and blemish free
The acids in the apple cider vinegar make it a wonderful skin tonic. They act against bacteria and fungi that can cause different skin problems, such as spots and acne. These acids also regulate the normal pH levels of the skin and whiten discoloration, leaving it soft, smooth and without blemishes.
Apple cider vinegar helps you lose weight
The acetic acid has the ability to reduce the feeling of hunger, to speed up metabolism and to eliminate excess water from the body. These three factors are important for people who want to lose weight. Moreover, there are some theories that the components of apple cider vinegar influence the digestion of starch, reducing the calories.
This property of apple cider vinegar was confirmed by a study performed by Arizona State University.
Apple cider vinegar helps with colds and infections
Runny nose, inability to breathe properly, sore throat, fatigue, headache and pain in the sinus area…all these symptoms can drag us down for days in a row.
Well, here is the solution to these problems: drink a mixture of 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar and water regularly to get rid of bacteria and mucus in your throat, nose, and sinuses. This precious liquid fights against bacteria and thins the phlegm, so you will soon be freed from all the discomfort.
As a powerful aid in curing sore throat, just gargle a mixture of ¼ cup apple cider vinegar with ¼ cup lukewarm water several times a day.
Apple cider vinegar plays a role in lowering bad cholesterol
A study with rats carried out in 2006 showed lower cholesterol levels in rats after they had been given apple cider vinegar.
A human study performed by a Japanese manufacturer has found that people who took 15 milliliters of apple cider vinegar every day had lowered cholesterol levels in their blood.
This property is attributed to acetic acid.
Apple cider vinegar helps with indigestion, prevents heartburn and stomach troubles
If you mix 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey with a glass of warm water, you will get a natural remedy for poor digestion. Your stomach will be especially grateful if you sip this drink before your main meal.
Pectin, a form of fiber contained in apple cider vinegar, helps calm intestinal cramps and spasms. The antibiotic abilities will cure any bacterial infections that can cause diarrhea.
Apple cider vinegar beats candida fungal infection
You will successfully win a battle with candida with the help of apple cider vinegar anti-fungal properties.
Apple cider vinegar promotes the absorption of nutrients
Adding apple cider vinegar to your salad dressing will improve your body’s intake of vitamins and minerals from the vegetables and from other types of food. Acetic acid is the compound responsible for this property of apple cider vinegar.
It flushes out toxins from your body
Apple cider vinegar is the source of mighty antioxidant acids: catechin, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid and gallic acid. The antioxidants fight against the cell-damaging effects of free radicals and cleanse our system from toxic substances, preserving our health.
I am excited to say that my husband Denny and I will soon reap the benefits from our own, homemade apple cider vinegar. All it takes is some organic apples and a little effort. The product is worthwhile in the end.