Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a remedy that has stood the test of time, and science. We’ll tell you all about the great things which ACV is proven to do, and give you easy recipes to use ACV at home.
5 Proven Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV is not just some old wive’s tale, it has been proven to improve health in many ways. From lowering your blood sugar, to fighting heart disease and the big “C,” it’s got a lot going for it.
However, there are some cautions. Acids aren’t good for your teeth, they erode enamel. So, after you drink ACV you may want to rinse your mouth and wait for a good hour before brushing. Brushing shortly after an acid is applied to your teeth can erode the softened enamel.
As always, talk to your doctor before you make any changes to your diet or treatment regimens. If you are curious about how science says ACV stacks up, here you go, five proven ACV benefits for health and weight loss:
1. Help Lower Blood Sugar
Controlling blood sugar, especially in diabetics and pre-diabetics, is essential. ACV can help with that. ACV taken at bedtime (2 tablespoons) with a cheese snack resulted in lowered blood sugar in the morning, according to MedicalNewsToday.com. Study after study show apple cider vinegar can be a secret weapon in controlling diabetic blood sugar.
2. Weight Loss
Because of those well-proven effects on blood sugar, many researchers studies show that it can also help with weight loss. Why? Because drinking ACV before a heavy, carb-laden meal can mean less change in blood sugar levels after the meal. While that isn’t definitive proof it affects fat storage, the results are promising.
According to the Reader’s Digest, one such study was done by Carol Johnston, PhD. Johnston is at Arizona State University.
“Her research provides evidence that drinking vinegar before eating actually led to a decrease in change of blood glucose post meals,” says Tanya Zuckerbrot MS, RD, New York City-based registered dietitian, best-selling author, and founder of The F-Factor Diet. “Drinking apple cider vinegar before a carbohydrate-filled meal can reduce blood sugar spikes that would usually occur after eating.”
3. Cough and Sore Throat
According to LiveStrong.com, ACV is also a cough suppressant that can soothe a sore throat. Published Herbalist Penny C. Royal gave this recipe for a honey cough syrup that works:
Mix 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp. honey, 2 tbsp. water and 1 tbsp. apple-cider vinegar. Mix the ingredients thoroughly, and take 1 tsp. at a time every few hours to suppress the cough.
4. Skin, Hair, and Nails
From acne, to nail beds, to really great hair, ACV has some amazing benefits for your outer appearance. Because it is antibacterial, can reduce inflammation, and helps prevent future — and calm current — breakouts.
5. Heart Disease and Cancer Fighting
According to CNN, studies show ACV can fight heart disease, and inhibit the growth of leukemia cells in Petri dishes. That’s right, studies show that ACV may help fight cancer, reduce blood pressure and lower total cholesterol. That’s pretty powerful for a humble acid.
Easy recipes for ACV at home
The taste can be a challenge, these are great recipes to try!
Apple Cider Vinegar Breakfast Juice Recipe
This breakfast juice harnesses the power of ACV in a great AM drink. While it may never be your absolute favorite flavored breakfast in the world, it may be one of the healthiest. When you’re ready to add ACV benefits to your life, try this easy concoction for breakfast:
- 2-4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 whole apples
- 2 cucumbers
- 1/2 cup of celery
- dash of cinnamon
- dash of ginger
Combine all the ingredients in your blender, and blend until fully combined and smooth.
ACV Hot Toddy
This one is easy, has a few simple ingredients, and can really help knock out a cold or a cough so you can sleep. Remember, this one is for adults only, unless you skip the whiskey. After a long day, when you are fighting a cold, or when the cold is seeping into your bones, this is a great drink.
- 2 Tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 Tbs Pure Honey
- 1 oz favorite whiskey
- 4-6 oz hot water (not boiling)
- Slice of lemon
Mix honey and hot water in an 8 oz mug, stir until honey is dissolved. Add ACV and whiskey, stir well, serve hot with a slice of lemon.
ACV has Proven Benefits
As you have seen, science agrees that Apple Cider Vinegar belongs in every kitchen. It’s also inexpensive, $8.78 for 16 oz on Amazon.com. It has many benefits, and you should talk to your doctor about adding it to your healthy diet.
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