What is apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is fermented vinegar made from apples and apple cider.
Top uses: Apple cider vinegar (ACV) , like other types of vinegar , contains acetic acid, which has been studied for its health benefits and is thought to be the active ingredient in ACV. Here’s a quick guide to ACV’s medical application.
Diabetes- in one study, drinking 1 Tbs. Of ACV in water (before meals) was shown to lower fasting blood glucose among adults at risk for diabetes.
Blood pressure- according to animal based research, drinking ACV may help lower high blood pressure.
Cholesterol and triglycerides-diabetic rats fed a diet enhanced with apple cider vinegar experienced a reduction in triglycerides and a boost in HDL, or “good” cholesterol.
Internal cleansing- some research shows that ACV supports liver detoxification and overall circulation. Holistic practitioners recommend it for reducing acid within the body (balancing the body’s pH.), as well as easing indigestion, combating candida yeast, and breaking up mucus throughout the body.
Weight loss-all types of vinegar, including AVC, are thought to help promote weight loss by increasing safety between meals.
Tidbits; Research into ACV as an effective weight- loss and is limited, however, a double blind study from Bio science, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry showed that obese subjects who consumed a vinegar drink daily for 12 weeks lost more weight than those given placebo. Scientists noted greater reductions in body-mass index, water circumference, and serum triglyceride level (linked to cardiovascular disease) among those ingesting vinegar.
Beauty & personal care: ACV is an inexpensive beauty stable. Use this simple rinse regularly for shinier, healthier hair. Poor 1-3 Tbs. of ACV (mixed with a cup of water) over hair after shampooing, leave for 1-3 minutes before rinsing out. As a toner, apply to affected areas: using cotton – swab.
How to take ACV: There are several ways to add ACV to your diet. In addition to cooking with it more often, consider mixing 1-2 Tbs. of ACV into 8 oz. of water and drinking it before meals, twice daily. Another option: Add the same amount to a water bottle and sip throughout the day. Not crazy about the taste of ACV? Try tablets, or capsules.