Apple cider vinegar (ACV) may sound like any other household vinegar but health practitioners highly regard it for its health-boosting properties. If you don’t have a bottle of ACV in your cupboard yet, now may be the perfect time to stash one. But first, what is Apple Cider Vinegar and what makes it special?
“Apple cider vinegar is made from ripe, freshly crushed, apples that are fermented and passed through a rigorous process to develop the final vinegar product. In the first step, the crushed apples are exposed to yeast to start the alcoholic fermentation process, and the sugars are turned into alcohol. In the second step, bacteria are added to the alcohol solution which further ferments the alcohol and turns into acetic acid. Around 400 BC, Hippocrates, The Father of Medicine, used apple cider vinegar as a curative product for his remedial treatments. Apple cider vinegar has since progressed from a folk remedy to a reliable modern age medicine. If you can tolerate its sour taste, it is a natural remedy that heals and protects the body.” Source: Organic Facts
Here are our top 5 reasons why you should start using it now: Reason #1: Helps Lower Blood Sugar Dr. Mercola, a well-known proponent of alternative and natural medicine, wrote “What Can Apple Cider Vinegar Do for You?” where he listed nine suggested benefits. While some may be familiar, did you know that ACV may help lower blood sugar?
“According to CNN Health,13 there is substantial evidence suggesting the consumption of vinegar, including apple cider vinegar, can help keep your blood sugar under control. As you probably know, blood sugar regulation is an important factor in reducing your risk of diabetes and heart disease, among other conditions. Professor Carol Johnston, Ph.D., associate director of Arizona State University’s nutrition program, has been studying the effects of vinegar for more than 10 years and suggests it can be useful to control blood sugar spikes for prediabetics and Type 2 diabetics. Johnston asserts even healthy control subjects have benefited from consuming vinegar. “Vinegar had an impact in all groups, but the most significant impact was in the prediabetic group,” she said. “In prediabetics, it was too good to be true; [blood sugar] fell a good bit and stayed that way. It may be this is the group that could benefit the most.”14 According to Johnston, the acetic acid in vinegar “appears to interfere with enzymes that break down starch molecules.” The good news is this antiglycemic response can be induced by all types of vinegar, including apple cider vinegar, because it is the acetic acid, not the vinegar type, that produces the results. Johnston added, “Basically, what acetic acid is doing is blocking the absorption of starch. If my study subjects eat a starch and add vinegar, glucose will go down. But if they drink sugar water and add vinegar, nothing happens. [Vinegar] only helps if you are consuming a starch.” See the rest of the benefits here. Reason #2: Helps Cellulite Disappear Cellulite is one of women’s worst enemy. If you are looking for a more natural approach in treating cellulite, apple cider vinegar has you covered. Here’s what you can do:
Option #1 – Mix 1 part of apple cider vinegar with 2 parts of water. Feel free to add some honey if you want to. – Rub the resulting mixture onto the affected area – Leave the mixture on for half an hour before washing it off with warm water – Repeat the procedure two times on a daily basis Option #2 – Mix equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water – Rub the mixture onto the affected area – Wrap the affected area with a plastic wrap and then cover with a warm towel – Let the wrap work for about an hour – Remove the wrap and wash the mixture off with lukewarm water – Repeat the procedure once on a daily basis Source: Slim and Fit Reason #3 Prevent weight gain Yes, you may have heard people talking about this benefit, but if you are not fully convinced yet, this article by Amy Goodrich of NaturalNews.com is a good reference:
“According to some scientists, ACV could reduce body fat and promote weight loss. Again, the acetic acid seems to be responsible for ACV’s health promoting effect. Acetic acid has been shown to curb the appetite, boost metabolism (or the fat-burning mechanism), and reduce water retention. Furthermore, ACV may interfere with the digestion of starch, which results in fewer calories entering the bloodstream. A team of Japanese researchers found that mice that were fed a high-fat diet along with acetic acid developed up to 10 percent less body fat. According to the team, these findings implied that acetic acid turns on genes that trigger the production of enzymes that break down fat and prevent weight gain. This hypothesis prompted them to investigate the effect of acetic acid on human weight. During the 12-week follow-up study, obese volunteers were asked to either drink a beverage containing ACV or a drink containing no vinegar at all. The authors of the study found that people who drank ACV daily had lower triglycerides, body weight, BMI, waist measurements and less belly fat, compared to the non-vinegar drinkers.” Reason #4: Removes Bruises Bruises, aside from they hurt, are not pretty to look at. They may last for days and even weeks, but thanks to apple cider vinegar, you can speed up the healing process. Here’s what you can do:
Credit: Youtube Reason #5: Effective Skin Care
- Soak a piece of cotton with apple cider vinegar.
- Apply it to the bruised area.
- Leave it for an hour and rinse afterward.
“Balancing your body’s pH levels is imperative to maintain healthy skin, and apple cider vinegar can do wonders for your skin because of its high alkaline levels. The pH level of the apple cider vinegar is similar to the pH level of the protective acid mantle of the skin. An apple cider vinegar rinse can help restore the glow of the skin, restricts the dilation of skin pores, keeps your skin from becoming too oily or too dry by balancing the production of sebum, and improves the circulation of nutrients. Mix together one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with two cups of water. Moisten a cotton ball with the rinse and use it to wipe your face clean and dry. This also helps ward off bacteria and shed dead skin cells.” Original source found here. Have you tried apple cider vinegar yourself? I’d love to hear from your experience. As a naturopathic doctor in Toronto, it is my goal to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle with the help of naturopathic medicine. For more information, visit us at our clinic where our team of wellness practitioners is always willing and ready to assist you. Recommended Reading: Natural and Non-Pharmacological Approaches For Pain Management