There are many over the counter medicines, available in our kitchen and pantry that can miraculously cure common disorders and discomforts like flu, sprains, joint problems, bloated stomach and so on.
Among such, apple cider vinegar has proven to have nutritional benefits and can be used as a medicine as well other than a marinade or garnish. This vinegar is also an ancient folk remedy for various purposes, hence, can be utilized to improve health as well.
Components of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
The major component of ACV is apple cider/ apple juice that has gone fermentation to form health-promoting probiotics and enzymes with low sugar and high acidity due to the formation of acetic acid. Unlike other over the counter medicines, it does not contain any vitamin or mineral but little percentage of copper, magnes, um and potassium.
From soothing sunburns to regulating blood pressure and acid reflux, there are countless proven health benefits of ACV making it an essential item in your pantry. Let’s see the 7 health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar.
1. Weight Loss:
Apple cider vinegar has been widely used in the recent years as a weight loss mantra. Health experts and other researchers have experimentally proved that intaking two tablespoons of apple cider per day for 12 weeks helped to lose nearly 4 pounds of weight. Vinegar increases satiety resulting in low appetite, ultimately leading to weight loss. Consuming it can also decrease the total caloric intake by 275 calories per day. A healthy lifestyle and combination of a balanced diet are also essential to catalyze the effect of apple cider vinegar.
2. Balancing Blood Sugar Levels
ACV has also been found to regulate the blood sugar level, lowering it to the normal sugar level. Experts conducted a research in animal, a diabetic rat which consumed ACV for four weeks and later the result was significantly reduced blood sugar levels. The logic behind this is that ACV has shown to increase the insulin sensitivity.
Hence, for better results, try consuming two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluting with water before taking meals every day.
3. Regulate High Blood Pressure
Another major health benefit of ACV is reducing the high blood pressure that can be a potential risk factor for heart disease in the long run. Experiments showed that vinegar was effective in blocking the actions of a particular enzyme that raises the pressure.
Consuming two tablespoons of ACV is beneficial to maintain the blood pressure level coupled with other natural ways like exercise, dietary changes, increasing fiber intake and so on.
4. Improves Skin
Vinegar is widely known as a natural remedy for its soothing action on dry and sunburn skin. Not only this, it has magical effects on acne and scars. Vinegar has anti-bacterial properties that prevent the bacteria, responsible for the formation of acne on the skin. Making a face mask using vinegar or applying vinegar mixed in essential oils can be effective in improving skin health.
5. Helps To Lower Cholesterol
Cholesterol, the most common type of steroid in our body that constitutes of high amount of fat found in the body tissue and blood is associated with heart disease. High Cholesterol level can lead to a fatal condition but daily consumption of apple cider vinegar is helpful to maintain the cholesterol level in the normal range. An animal experiment conducted in a research center in Iran showed that the vinegar helped in lower the bad LDL cholesterol in the blood of rats supplemented with vinegar. Including a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar in your diet each day is effective for your heart health.
6. Relieves Acid Reflux/ heartburn
Acid reflux is a common disorder/ disease that causes symptoms like heartburn and nausea due to acid back flow from the stomach up to the esophagus. Studies have shown that acid reflux can be treated with apple cider vinegar as it increases the level of acid inside the stomach balancing the lower acid level, preventing the acid backflow.
Drinking apple cider vinegar (two table spoon8-ounce ounce glass of water) just before a meal in an empty stomach has been proven to be effective to treat the disease. Also, it’s important to follow a rich in vegetables, acid reflux diet rich in healthy fats and fermented foods to control symptoms even more.
7. Cancer Fighting Agents
This might be a controversial topic to talk about as there are no plausible evidence to show that apple cider vinegar help kill cancer cells. Most of the experiments have been done on isolated cells in test tubes and on lab rats but no facts on a human. Despite that, there’s still a strong argument that vinegar does have cancer cell killing and tumor shrinking properties.
With that being said, some observational studies in humans have shown that vinegar consumption is linked to decreased esophageal cancer in China, but increased bladder cancer in Serbia. Hence, we cannot solely rely on apple cider vinegar to prevent cancer but all in all, consuming the vinegar is undoubtedly beneficial for our overall health.
Nevertheless, it’s important to keep in mind that apple cider vinegar is not a physician prescribed medicine but just an alternative form to prevent possible health risks in the future. There might also be health risks of taking apple cider vinegar in high doses like low blood pressure, low blood sugar, lack of appetite and so on. In addition, consumption of apple cider vinegar is not advisable if you are taking any sort of medication like diuretic drugs or water pills for high blood pressure.