4 Great Health Perks Of Apple Cider Vinegar

 

I know it probably sounds weird to hear the word “vinegar” and relate it to health benefits, but apple cider vinegar really does promise just that. While regular vinegar is generally used for cooking and cleaning, apple cider vinegar has been used on its own to improve a variety of health conditions. Scientific research has led nutritionists and doctors to recommend using apple cider vinegar for these 4 health benefits.

It Can Kill Bacteria (On Food And Skin)

You probably already know about the wonderful cleansing and disinfecting capabilities that straight vinegar has. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which is a great compound for killing bacteria, or at least preventing them from multiplying to dangerous levels. This makes apple cider vinegar a great option for preserving food. If you’ve recently prepared a largebatch of food and want it to last, apple cider vinegar may be able to help you. Another really interesting benefit that apple cider vinegar mayhave is that it may work to prevent bacteria growing on the skin. This means that, when diluted and applied to the skin, it has the potential to prevent and/or treat acne. If you have frequent breakouts, you might want to give this a try!

It Can Treat Or Even Prevent Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes, also known as adult-onset diabetes, is caused by a resistance to insulin, or an inability to produce insulin, which in turn leads to higher levels of blood sugar. Apple cider vinegar has been proven to improve insulin sensitivity and even lower blood sugar levels. This affect is compounded by maintaining a diet low in refined carbs and sugar. What’s more, it has been shown that taking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed can lower fasting blood sugars by 4%. I would say that’s certainly an easy enough step to add into anyone’s nightly bedtime routine. 

It Can Aid In Weight Loss

Since apple cider vinegar can lower levels of blood sugar, it should make sense that it can also work to help you lose weight. It has also been shown to increase feelings of fullness and satiety when taken with high-carb (not refined carbs!) meals, which will overall reduce your calorie intake throughout the day.

It May Protect Against Cardiovascular Disease

Apple cider vinegar may contain antioxidants that can protect LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation, therefore blocking an important step in the process of developing heart disease. Furthermore, animal studies have shown that apple cider vinegar lowers blood pressure; human testing has not started yet, but at the very least, apple cider vinegar is a great nutrient to add into your diet.

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