Posted on Dec 02, 2019, 12 p.m.
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Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from fermented apples and water, having an acidity of 5%. It is often used to preserve food and make salad dressings, such as vinaigrette. One can purchase the distilled version, which is clear or the unfiltered type, which appears cloudy on the bottom. Both types of apple cider vinegar are safe to consume.
In the past few years, more and more people have become interested in consuming apple cider vinegar. As you will see below, this type of vinegar has a number of surprising benefits to offer. Also, it can in some cases be used in topical applications, being appreciated for its antimicrobial properties. Keep on reading to discover more about ACV and its beneficial effects.
Apple cider vinegar supports healthy weight loss
Even though the vinegar itself cannot burn fat, it has been demonstrated that it can reduce the level of bad cholesterol and the one of triglycerides. It is safe, thus, to assume that the apple cider vinegar supports a healthy weight loss process.
From another perspective, it should be mentioned that ACV contains only 3 calories for each tablespoon. It does not contain fats, proteins, carbs or fiber. It is a great addition to various foods, thanks to its tartness. Studies performed on rats have confirmed that apple cider vinegar might reduce fat deposits and reduce inflammation.
Fighting diabetes with ACV
Studies have demonstrated that apple cider vinegar added to meal that contained complex carbs, can actually reduce the blood sugar spikes that normally occur after eating (postprandial glycemia reduced by 20%). Moreover, when people take ACV before a meal, the insulin response actually improved.
In some people, the consumption of apple cider vinegar with dinner contributed to a reduced fasting glucose level in the next morning. Both serum glucose levels and insulin resistance are improved, with apple cider vinegar often being present as an anti-glycemic agent (glycemic index reduction).
Apple cider vinegar can be used for topical applications
Apple cider vinegar is considered one of the most effective natural remedies for chronic yeast infections. It is recommended to apply the ACV diluted with water and only after consulting a doctor.
The antifungal properties of apple cider vinegar might help, but one should remember that this remedy is suited only for external applications. Warts, for instance, might be destroyed by the acidity of the apple cider vinegar. This is a mechanical destruction and not a direct result of antimicrobial properties.
The antimicrobial properties of apple cider vinegar have been presented since the time of Hippocrates, when the natural remedy was recommended for different types of ulcerations and sores. One can also benefit from these properties by including ACV in food preparations.
Effective dental care with apple cider vinegar
You might not know this for a fact but dentures can be cleaned with the help of apple cider vinegar. This natural remedy has proven to be more effective than other bleach-based solutions. Moreover, the undiluted vinegar does not leave any residue on the dentures, with a reduced risk of mucosal damage.
Apple cider vinegar for improved cardiac health
Studies performed on rats have confirmed that the regular consumption of apple cider vinegar can reduce systolic blood pressure in a significant proportion (up to 20 mmHg).
Apple cider vinegar, in humans, has been connected with a lower risk of fatal ischemic disease. This reduced risk was identified in people who consume salad dressings that contain olive oil and apple cider vinegar on a regular basis. The apple cider vinegar contains alpha-linolenic acid, which is considered an effective anti-arrhythmic agent.
Protection against cancer
Apple cider vinegar contains polyphenols, which are powerful antioxidants. These can protect against the damage done by free radicals, offering superior defense against oxidative stress. As a result, people who consume apple cider vinegar frequently might present a lower risk of cancer.
These are some of the most surprising apple cider vinegar has to offer. As you have seen, ACV can offer protection against different health issues, being recommended to those who suffer from heart disease, diabetes and obesity. It can also promote resilience. It is poor in calories and it can be easily used to add flavor to food, not to mention it represents an excellent natural remedy for topical applications.
As apple cider vinegar is acidic, it is recommended to only use this natural remedy after you have consulted a healthcare professional. The specialist can determine whether ACV is a suitable choice for your medical issue or not.
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