If you search the web you will see a ton of information on apple cider vinegar. Alleged benefits vary from curing acne, to aiding weight loss, however, science backs up relatively few of these claims. Apple cider vinegar is good for your health but it is far from a cure all. We sifted through the misinformation to bring you benefits you can believe:
Alkalinity: Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is acidic with a pH of 5. Once metabolized inside the body, however, ACV promotes alkalinity. Maintaining healthy blood alkalinity is important because high blood pH can result in inflammation and disease.
Lower Blood Glucose: Studies have shown that ACV lowers blood glucose and insulin response after eating. Try adding 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water and sip throughout the day.
Treat Acid Reflux: This is not a solution for everyone, but data suggests it can help. Before each meal, take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and continue the practice regularly for up to six months. Take note of your results and consult a doctor if your symptoms worsen or if you have severe reflux issues.
Topical Skin Treatment:. ACV contains alpha hydroxy acids, which is the active ingredient in many skin care and Acne products. Washing your face with apple cider vinegar, which is rich in alpha hydroxy acids, can help to remove dead skin and promote healthy looking skin.
Low in Calories: With about 3 calories per tablespoon, apple cider vinegar makes a great low-calorie addition to your diet. It can be used as a salad dressing or as an ingredient in soups and other recipes.
Lower Cholesterol: In studies, apple cider vinegar was shown to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Good for the Heart: ACV contains chlorogenic acid, which can keep LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidized in the blood.
Helps Fight Infection: ACV can help to create an acidic environment in which germs can’t survive. This can be valuable at the start of a sore throat. Try gargling a few times with a mixture made up of a 1/4 cup ACV with 1/4 cup warm water.
What Apple Cider Vinegar Doesn’t Do:
- Not a good source of potassium
- Not a powerful antioxidant
- Does not break down carbs and fats
- It does not boost your immune system
- It’s not a good source of probiotics
How to Take It
Mix 2 tbsp. (30ml) of unfiltered apple cider vinegar into 8-12 ounces of water.
For more interesting drink recipes, try mixing 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar with 6 oz. of water, 2 oz. cranberry juice (not cocktail) and a squeeze of fresh lime. Or try mixing 8 ounces of grapefruit juice with 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar can be a healthy addition to your diet. It is in no way the fix for all your dieting and health problems. The main thing to be cautious about while using ACV is diluting it properly because its acidity can damage teeth enamel. It is a great addition to the diet for anyone seeking alkalinity, reflux control and improved heart health.