Top 3 Benefits Of Apple Cider Vinegar

 

As most of you probably know I’m a HUGE fan of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and for good reason. Among other things, it’s been known to help balance pH levels, lower blood sugar levels and even help with weight loss!

Here are my Top 3 Benefits of ACV:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar May Lower Blood Sugar Levels, Which is Very Useful For Diabetics

Carol Johnston, PhD, directs Arizona State University’s nutrition program. She has been studying apple cider vinegar for more than 10 years and believes its effects on blood sugar are similar to certain medications.

“Apple cider vinegar’s anti-glycemic effect is very well documented,” Johnston says.

She explains that the vinegar blocks some of the digestion of starch. “It doesn’t block the starch 100%, but it definitely prevents at least some of that starch from being digested and raising your blood sugar."

2. Apple Cider Vinegar is High in Acetic Acid, Which Has Potent Biological Effects
 
Vinegar is made in a two-step process, related to how alcohol is made.
The first step exposes crushed apples (or apple cider) to yeast, which ferment the sugars and turn them into alcohol.
 
In the second step, bacteria are added to the alcohol solution, which further ferment the alcohol and turn it into acetic acid… the main active compound in vinegar.
 
In French, the word “vinegar” actually means “sour wine.”
 
Organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar (like Bragg’s) also contains “mother,” strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky, cobweb-like appearance.
 
Some people believe that the “mother” is responsible for most of the health benefits, although there are currently no studies to support this.
 
Apple cider vinegar only contains about 3 calories per tablespoon, which is very low.
 
There are not many vitamins or minerals in it, but it does contain a tiny amount of potassium. Quality apple cider vinegar also contains some amino acids and antioxidants.


3. Acetic Acid is a Potent Antimicrobial and Can Kill Some Types of Bacteria
 
It has traditionally been used for cleaning and disinfecting, treating nail fungus, lice, warts and ear infections.
However, many of these applications have currently not been confirmed by research.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used vinegar for wound cleaning over two thousand years ago.
Vinegar has been used as a food preservative, and studies show that it inhibits bacteria (like E. coli) from growing in the food and spoiling it.
 
If you’re looking for a natural way to preserve your food… then apple cider vinegar could be highly useful.
 
 
A couple of important notes:
  • Be sure to buy raw unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar (like Bragg’s). This variety has the “mother,” strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky appearance similar to kombucha.
  • Don’t take shots of plain apple cider vinegar! Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic and can damage your tooth enamel or the tissues of your mouth and throat. Always dilute it with water, food, or in a tasty drink like the one below.
Here's a perfect recipe to start getting more ACV into your daily nutrition.  🙂
 
Cinnamon Vanilla Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Water
By Erin Nielsen
 
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​Start your morning with a yummy apple cider vinegar detox water that tastes like apple pie. 🙂

 

Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg's)
  • 2 Tablespoons no sugar added organic apple juice
  • 6 ounces of cold water
  • 2 - 4 drops of liquid vanilla stevia (optional)
  • generous sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1-2 cubes of ice
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a cup and stir or shake to combine. Taste and add more stevia if necessary. Serve chilled or over ice.

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