Posted on Nov 19, 2018, 7 p.m.
Apple cider vinegar has gained much popularity, especially when cold and flu season comes around. Of course there are many reasons to drink it, but with seemingly so many benefits being attached it can become hard to know which ones are real and which ones are smoke and mirrors.
Traditional centuries age old remedies for colds mixes apple cider vinegar with honey: Simply mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 5 parts warm water and 2-3 tablespoons of raw honey.
ACV helps to lower blood sugar and improves insulin sensitivity, making it a great benefit for those with diabetes. Many studies have shown it can help to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce likelihood of blood sugar spikes:
- Apple cider vinegar can reduce blood glucose by 34% after eating 50 grams of white bread.
- Taking apple cider vinegar before going to bed can improve fasting blood sugar in the morning by 4%.
- Apple cider vinegar helps insulin function better and cuts back blood sugar levels after eating.
ACV helps to improve heart health, benefits in this area have been heavily studied. Experts say that it is extremely beneficial for those at high risk with hypertension, high cholesterol, or heart disease. Apple cider vinegar can help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, as well as help to bring down blood pressure which is a major risk for most cardiovascular and kidney diseases.
Clinical trials have shown that apple cider vinegar can help a person feel full faster, helping to keep calories under control; another showed regular consumption lead to reduced belly fat and weight loss. Drinking ACV does not guarantee weight loss alone, but when coupled with a healthy diet and regular exercise its weight reducing effects become more effective.
Apple cider vinegar contains phenolic acids that scavenge superoxide anion and free radicals. Other functional bioactive effects and therapeutic properties include antibacterial activity, blood pressure reduction, antioxidant activity, reduction in effects of diabetes, probiotic, immune boosting effects, and prevention of cardiovascular disease.
Anyone looking to start adding apple cider vinegar to their diet should start by diluting 1-2 teaspoons in a large glass of water. It can also be added to tea, salad dressings, or homemade mayonnaise. It is suggested not to drink it undiluted as this can lead to indigestion and enamel erosion. ACV can interact with certain medications so it is best to consult with a medical professional before starting to use it to make sure it is safe. Those with ulcers, GERD, or acid reflux may want to avoid use of ACV as it is highly acidic.
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