Bitter can be sweet!

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been making some noise as a health food. In case you barely (or never) heard of ACV, let me briefly introduce you to this “bitter but sweet” liquid.  ACV is made by crushing apples into juice and pulp in which is allowed to ferment transforming fruit sugar to acetic acid. Plenty of claims have suggested that AVC is effective for a number of health initiatives including weight loss. Well let’s find out what benefits it contains.

Reduces blood sugar levels

Of all of the health benefits of ACV, the most significant is its ability to lower glycemic response. Studies have discovered that adding just 2 teaspoons of ACV to high-carb meal can significantly reduce how high blood sugar levels spike post-meal. This would greatly benefit those who have type-2 diabetes. Even if you don’t have type 2 diabetes, studies show that elevated blood sugars contributes to aging and various chronic ailments. So if you have issues with high blood sugar levels, start adding ACV to your diet.

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Ability to kill harmful bacteria

As stated earlier, ACV is essentially made by converting fruit sugar to acetic acid. Acetic acid (or vinegar) has been shown to kill harmful bacteria. Traditionally, it has been used for treating ear infections, lice, nail fungus, warts and cleaning and disinfecting open wounds. Amazingly, most of these applications have yet to be confirmed by research. Nonetheless, ACV has been used as a potent antimicrobial for centuries. Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used vinegar to disinfect body cuts and scrapes over 2000 years ago. Due to its ability to inhibit bacteria, some even utilize vinegar as a food preservative.

Can help with weight loss

Your weight loss efforts have stalled lately? You may need some ACV. Several studies cite that vinegar can improve satiety and digestion; in which contributes to long-term weight loss. One study showed that combining vinegar with high-carb meals resulted in people eating 200 to 275 less calories per day. So AVC can definitely help you eat less.

Aids in heart health

ACV has been linked to boosting heart health. Studies conducted on lab rats show that ACV may reduce the onset of cardiovascular diseases by lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. While more studies need to be conducted on humans to confirm these findings, I recommend using ACV if you have a family history of heart problems.

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As you can see, ACV can be very beneficial to your health.  Be sure to avoid the ACV mass-produced clear versions that most grocery stores carry. Instead, opt for the unpasteurized version of ACV that has a dark, cloudy appearance.