Food & Diet
Apple Cider Vinegar: The Healthiest Thing Around!
We know that apple cider vinegar is a good addition to tasty salads, and it is believed to be an aid in weight loss, but besides that it also has many health benefits that should not be disregarded. In the past people used apple cider vinegar as a folk remedy, and it was thought to be a cure for many diseases and health issues.
A study conducted in Japan that included 175 people who were obese, but without other health problems, observed the participants over the period of 12 weeks during which some took apple cider vinegar and some water. The results showed that those who took vinegar lost more weight than those who took water. The acids from this vinegar help the body digest protein well, which helps in losing fat and building lean muscle. Drinking apple cider vinegar before a meal also helps the body decrease the amount of time that fats stay in your digestive tract.
Besides the weight loss beneficial properties, apple cider vinegar contains anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, which make it a powerful protector of your body and overall health, preventing allergies, skin inflammations, and treating those conditions along with helping you get rid of joint pain, arthritis, dandruff, Candida, various infections, leg cramps, etc. It also helps prevent or deal better with constant fatigue and improves the body’s sensitivity to insulin (which is very good when dealing with type 2 diabetes).
Blood sugar level control
The director of Arizona State University’s nutrition program, Dr. Carol Johnston, after having spent over a decade studying the effects of apple cider vinegar came to the conclusion that it helps much with controlling the levels of blood sugar, even more than some medicines. This happens because, according to Johnston’s findings, this vinegar prevents some starchy carbohydrates from being digested which would lead to blood sugar levels going sky-high. Apple cider vinegar doesn’t stop all the starch from being digested, but even if it blocks some of it, it is a good outcome.
Apple cider vinegar, when digested, causes the PH levels in our body to become more alkaline which makes it more able to fight disease. This magnificent substance also affects some toxins and makes them less harmful, thus helping the body deal with various health issues more easily and effectively.
There hasn’t been much research done to prove the benefits of apple cider vinegar, but the stories of people who tried it say it all. It doesn’t prove much, but one thing is certain – it may help, and it cannot hurt you, so why not give it a try?
Cell and tissue growth
The studies that have been conducted showed that apple cider vinegar contains malic and acetic acid that are also contained in apples. Besides these acids, apple cider vinegar also contains pectin and potassium that it took from the apples it was made of, which makes it beneficial for the growth of cells and tissues.
High levels of vitamins and minerals
This vinegar is also rich in all the vitamins and minerals that are essential for our body to function properly. However, not every apple cider vinegar contains the same ‘ingredients’ because not all of them are made the same way. The best apple cider vinegar is made from organic apples, fermented in a traditional old fashioned way, and not filtered or pasteurized. You can even make your own apple cider vinegar at home if you want to make sure it is produced as it should be.
Apple cider vinegar helps the body use iron more efficiently which leads to higher energy levels, because iron helps oxygen travel to the cells faster. This way oxygen-carrying hemoglobin and oxygen-attracting myoglobin are built more efficiently.
Apple cider vinegar helps the body break down fat which significantly helps in getting rid of cellulite. You can simply mix the vinegar with oil (1:2) and massage the areas where you have cellulite with circulatory moves.
The acetic acid contained in this vinegar reduces bad cholesterol and lowers blood pressure levels, while increasing the level of good cholesterol and helping your heart stay healthy.
The fact that apple cider vinegar is packed with antioxidants can mean many things, none of which are bad. It is common knowledge that antioxidants work in the direction of preventing the appearance of early aging signs, thus keeping us looking young and fresh for a longer time. This happens because these antioxidants help the body maintain stability when it comes to acids and important nutrients and hormones. The vinegar can be used internally or externally. If you want to digest it, mix it in with salads and other foods that do well with sour additions, and if you want to apply it to your skin dilute it with water and then spray in on.
Loss of bone mass can also be made easier with the consumption of apple cider vinegar, because it helps the body absorb calcium which is the crucial nutrient for maintaining strong bones and preventing osteoporosis. You can simply add this vinegar to your meals where it fits according to your taste.
Battles against viruses and bacteria
When you feel like you are about to catch a cold or already have a sore throat, apple cider vinegar can help here as well. This time you do not have to digest it nor rub it onto your skin, but gargle it for a couple of seconds, and you will feel better immediately. It will also help prevent the spreading of bacteria in your body because of its antibacterial and antiviral properties.
Because of its antibacterial properties, apple cider vinegar can prevent bad breath or help get rid of it. Rinsing your mouth with this liquid once a day should be enough to prevent any breath problems.