Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has become very popular among the natural health community. Consuming it has become a popular health trend. ACV claims to lead to all sorts of benefits, many of which are supported by science.
Apple cider vinegar is an age-old or ancient remedy and has been used for various household and cooking purposes.
A 2016 review found that people may be able to achieve many of the potential health benefits by drinking around 15 milliliters of vinegar a day or any quantity that contains approximately 750 milligrams of acetic acid.
10 Proven Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Helps In Weight Loss
ACV claims to increase the metabolism rate and detoxification process in the body. This helps to burn away the fat stores and flush out the toxins. Studies also suggest that consuming ACV before large meals, (1 tbsp in a cup of water), helps to curb cravings. So, taking ACV daily can help prevent weight gain.
Apple cider vinegar can be taken along within water for additional benefits of weight loss.
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2. Reduces Blood Sugar Levels
The acetic acid present in the apple cider vinegar helps to balance the blood glucose levels. Consuming ACV before meals help to lower the post-prandial glucose levels in pre-diabetic individuals and improved the blood glucose levels by an average of 25% in the individuals with Type II diabetes.
3. Regulates Blood Pressure
The chlorogenic acids present in Apple Cider Vinegar helps to reduce blood pressure and lower the LDL levels. High levels of LDL may lead to heart attack and stroke.
4. Fights Cancer
Research shows that ACV helps to fight against cancers. When the cancer is manifested as tumor ACV can help shrink the tumor and even kill those cancerous cells.
5. Maintains Body And Stomach pH
Maintaining body pH is very important when the body becomes too acidic; there is a high risk of chronic diseases, including cancer. The acetic acid present in Apple Cider Vinegar has an alkalizing effect on the body.
Lack of digestive enzymes and probiotics lead to a too acidic environment in the stomach causing heartburn and acid reflux. Apple Cider Vinegar contains both digestive enzymes and probiotics. Consuming a tablespoon of ACV in a cup of water before meals help in alleviating the symptoms of heartburn.
6. Soothes Sunburn
Adding a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar along with some coconut oil to a warm bath will help soothe a sunburn. This eases the discomfort from sunburn, but won’t necessarily stop from peeling if it’s too severe.
7. Relieves Stuffiness & Sore Throat
ACV is effective in breaking down the mucus, thereby relieving the symptoms of cold and allergies. ACV also helps to reduce the inflammation, which is known to cause the stuffy nose and a sore throat.
8. Improves Skin Complexion
ACV is an excellent remedy for balancing skin pH as a toner. It also provides an excellent remedy for acne, sensitive skin, and even varicose veins because of its anti-inflammatory and pH balancing properties. Many beauty products make use of this ingredient in their formula.
9. Improves Hair Texture
Pouring one tbsp of ACV in water after shampooing helps hair which looks dull and dry. Many people who used this remedy in place of conditioner for a couple of times a week reported that their hair looks pretty!
10. Brightens Teeth
The pH levels in Apple Cider Vinegar helps in whitening the teeth. Dip your finger in ACV, then rub your teeth for 60 seconds to remove some of the stainings on the teeth.
Some evidence suggests that vinegar may help with a range of health issues, but Apple cider vinegar can also cause side effects. Here are a few tips for the safe use of ACV:
Tips for safe usage
Regularly consuming large quantities of undiluted vinegar or leaving it on the skin for long periods may most likely cause some side effects. To reduce those effects try:
- Diluting the vinegar with water
- Reducing the quantity of vinegar consumed
- Reducing the amount of time that vinegar contacts the skin
- Limiting contact with the teeth by using a straw
People with low potassium levels, digestive issues, or diabetes should consider speaking to a doctor before consuming apple cider vinegar.
Anyone who experiences severe side effects or people with certain health conditions should consult a doctor before taking ACV.
Apple cider vinegar can cause side effects when
• Applied undiluted to the skin for a long period may cause burns and irritation.
• Regularly consumed in large quantities, especially in an undiluted form, leads to digestive issues, damage to the teeth, and affects potassium levels.
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