The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
There is a new rising star in the internet and social media world… apple cider vinegar! What’s all the buzz about? ACV has been crowned the new home remedy cure all, and while there are many unsubstantiated claims floating around the internet, there are many proven benefits of this “super” vinegar. The non-health related uses are endless. From skin care to dental care to a cleaning agent, ACV has proven itself to be a multifaceted tool and particularly popular among those who value a natural and chemical free lifestyle. ACV has also been making positive strides in the health care world as a co-star to western medicine.
The acidic property of ACV can help to prevent germ growth and kill pathogens, including bacteria. So, the next time you have an upset stomach or feel a scratch in your throat, try mixing a tablespoon of ACV with water. You can drink it or just gargle it for a few seconds if the strong vinegar tang just isn’t for you.
One of the most successful uses of ACV has been lowering blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. This demographic may be insulin resistant or suffer from an inability to produce insulin, but studies have shown that ACV can improve insulin sensitivity and help lower blood sugar responses after meals. This is also a useful for those who don’t have diabetes, but may have elevated blood sugar, which can cause ageing and various chronic diseases. If you are currently on blood sugar medication, be sure to consult your doctor before adding ACV to your health regimen.
While ACV has not been proven to be a “cure-all” and the answer to all of your medical issues, it has been proven to have a variety of positive health benefits. If you are interested, you can easily begin to incorporate ACV into your diet through cooking, such as in salad dressing. You can also simply dilute 1-2 tablespoons of ACV into a glass of water until the taste is desirable to you and drink up! Try not to exceed this daily amount, and avoid drinking ACV straight, as the acidity can be harmful to your throat if in direct contact. Overall apple cider vinegar seems to be very healthy and you can be sure that the benefits of this “super vinegar” will continue to be brought to light.
This article is not intended to be medical advice, its purpose is to be informative only. If you are having health related problems it is best to seek the advice of a medical professional.