Is Apple Cider Vinegar Really That Good?
By Paul Rothbart
Apple cider vinegar has been used for cooking and medicinal purposes for centuries. It has recently become a very popular home remedy for a host of health issues. Many people take a little each day as a health supplement and a preventative for several things. But how much of that is hype? What benefits does apple cider vinegar actually offer? It turns out, it does have a number of health benefits. Here are some of the ways apple cider vinegar boosts health.
The fermentation process by which apple cider vinegar is made produces a number of healthy substances, the main one being acetic acid. The tart taste of vinegar comes from the acetic acid and studies show many of the health benefits also come from it. Organic apple cider vinegar when unfiltered has a substance known as the mother. The mother is made up of proteins and enzymes that are also credited with the health benefits of apple cider vinegar.
Kill Harmful Bacteria
With its acidic nature, apple cider vinegar can kill bacteria and other pathogens in the body. Hippocrates himself, the father of medicine, used vinegar to clean wounds. Apple cider vinegar is used by some people for disinfecting lice, warts, ear infections, and nail fungus. As a food preservative, vinegar inhibits the growth of E. coli. Taking a small amount each day can be helpful in preventing disease.
Type 2 diabetes occurs because of high blood sugar levels which happen because of insulin resistance. A number of studies strongly suggest that apple cider vinegar can be very helpful in controlling diabetes. Research found that vinegar can increase insulin sensitivity by 19 to 34 percent as well as lower blood sugar significantly after eating a high carb meal. Another study showed that after consuming 50 grams of white bread, apple cider vinegar reduced the blood sugar levels of participants by 31 percent.
Another benefit of apple cider vinegar that has been backed by research is its ability to aid in losing weight. One of the ways it does this is by increasing the feeling of fullness. In one study, participants took apple cider vinegar along with a high carb meal. They all felt more full and ate 200 to 275 fewer calories the rest of the day. Another study of 175 people who were obese showed that a daily dose of apple cider vinegar lead to reduced belly fat and weight loss. One tablespoon a day showed an average loss of 2.6 pounds, while two tablespoons showed an average of 3.7 pounds lost.
Apple cider vinegar is currently a trendy health supplement. But this particular one works. Science has found evidence of several benefits to health. So, go ahead and take that daily dose. Find some recipes. You know, you can cook with it too.
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