Apple Cider Vinegar
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For centuries, vinegar has been used for various household and cooking purposes and has been called a cure-all for decades, claiming that it can do everything from halt hiccups to whiten teeth, and even banish dandruff. Whether or not it’s capable of all those things, there is some solid research to back up apple cider vinegar as a healthy elixir, as long as you use it correctly.
The best type of apple cider vinegar to use is one made from cold pressed, organically grown whole apples, in which no chemicals or preservatives have been added, which contains the “mother of vinegar”, is a natural gelatinous substance formed during the last fermentation step, and is not pasteurised, this type of wholesome apple cider vinegar can be found in most health food stores.
More research is needed to definitively link apple cider vinegar and its capability to lower cholesterol in humans, but one 2006 study found that the acetic acid in the vinegar lowered bad cholesterol in rats. Also, a Japanese study found that half an ounce of apple cider vinegar a day lowered cholesterol in people who participated in the panel. Research has shown that apple cider vinegar lowers the overall level of triglycerides and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (the bad one) in the body and improves the levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (the good one).
Germ busting apple cider vinegar to help head off the infection when you feel an oncoming sore throat. Apparently most germs can’t survive in the acidic environment vinegar creates. Just mix 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar with 1/4 cup warm water and gargle every hour or so.
Apple cider vinegar contains potassium, which thins mucus; and the acetic acid in it prevents germ growth, which could contribute to nasal congestion. So this could prove helpful when you feel cold coming on a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water and drink could help sinus drainage.
The high potassium content in apple cider vinegar is also good the the night cramps which are often a sign of low potassium levels. By taking apple cider vinegar you are providing your body with an added dose of potassium, calcium, and other minerals that are essential for the joints in your body.
Fatigue is commonly caused by increased levels of lactic acid in the body which comes from exertion of energy and stress. The high potassium and enzymes in cider vinegar may relieve tiredness and boost your energy. So instead that cup of coffee during that afternoon crash, try adding a couple tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and a bit of honey to some water and see if it has the same effect.
According to several studies apple cider vinegar could help your blood sugar levels balanced. In one study of people with type 2 diabetes who weren’t taking insulin it was found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed resulted in lower glucose levels by morning. In another study it was found that insulin resistant people who drank a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water before eating a high carbohydrate meal had lower blood sugar afterward. Scientists think the anti glycemic effect of the acid is the key.
It is said that apple cider vinegar helps you to lose weight as the acetic acid suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism, and reduces water retention. Scientists also theorise that apple cider vinegar interferes with the body’s digestion of starch, which means fewer calories enter the bloodstream.
It is said to also reduce bloating, increase the benefits of the vitamins and minerals in your food, as well as many benefits of external use such as mouth wash to eliminate bacteria, insect bites, smooth sunburn, treat dandruff and makes your hair shine.