A popular remedy used in medicine for centuries, apple cider has various healthful properties, from reducing cholesterol and aiding weight loss to improving diabetes symptoms and lowering blood sugar levels.
Although further research is needed, there are a lot of studies that recommend apple cider vinegar as an alternative therapy. Here is the evidence behind its medicinal properties:
- It is high in healthful substances
To make apple cider vinegar the manufacturer crushes the apples to yeast and lets the sugars ferment until they’re turned into alcohol. To further ferment the alcohol and turn it into acetic acid, he adds bacteria. Cider vinegar contain 6% acetic acid which consists of a strand of friendly bacteria, proteins, amino acids, antioxidants and enzymes that are responsible for most of its health benefits.
- It can kill harmful bacteria
People are using vinegar to clean and disinfect for centuries because it can kill bacteria and treat warts, lice or fungus. As a matter of fact, the father of modern medicine – Hippocrates, used vinegar 2000 years ago to clean wounds. Vinegar can also inhibit E. coli bacteria to multiply and spoil food, that’s why it is commonly used as a food preservative.
- Can lower blood sugar levels
People with type 2 diabetes can benefit from regulating their blood sugar levels with vinegar, as some studies have proved that it can improve insulin sensitivity by 19-34%. However, vinegar can keep the blood sugars level in the normal range for people that suffer from various other diseases. Nutritionists recommend to avoid refined sugar and carbs if you want to lower your blood sugar response after a meal and to consume 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bedtime to fully enjoy its beneficial effect. It is very important though to not replace your medical treatment with it even if vinegar has shown promising results.
- It aids weight loss
Cider Vinegar is also used in various weight loss diets because it can increase the feeling of fullness. Cider vinegar consumption together with a high carb meal help people to eat fewer calories throughout the rest of the day, because it promotes satiety. Some studies have shown that cider vinegar can also help you reduce belly fat. As a matter of fact, taking 1 tablespoon of vinegar daily for about 3 months can led to a loss of 1.2 kg. However, for this purpose we recommend to commit to a long-term healthy life-style that can help you lose weight and maintain fit.
- May have beneficial effects for the heart
It is well known that the main cause of death all over the world is heart disease. Although there are several biological factors linked to the risk of heart disease, studies conducted on animals suggest that cider vinegar may lower the cholesterol and triglyceride levels & reduce the blood pressure, as well as other heart risk factors. For the moment there is no strong evidence that it can be helpful for people.
- Can boost skin health
A great natural remedy for dry skin or skin conditions like eczema, cider vinegar can help you rebalance your skin’s pH level, improving this way its barrier and preventing infections to develop. Considering that the skin is a bit acidic, a cleanse or an alkaline soap might not be as helpful in killing bacteria and treating several skin conditions. More than this, it can make the symptoms worse. This is one of the reasons, people dilute apple cider vinegar in their toner, especially if they have damaged skin. Even if vinegar is known to have antimicrobial properties, it is always recommended to talk your dermatologist before trying a new remedy, to make sure it’s safe for your skin type.
How to use cider vinegar
Leaving aside the fact that you can incorporate vinegar in your salad dressings or when you cook, you can also dilute it in water and drink it like this in small doses. You can start with 1-2 teaspoons of vinegar mixed with a large glass of water and slowly increase the dosage to 1-2 tablespoons a day. Although it has all these great health benefits, too much vinegar can also cause side effects like tooth enamel erosion so it’s better to be cautious.
Some dietitians recommend using organic apple cider to boost energy, as a hair conditioner or to treat several diseases but there is not enough evidence to support these claims.