What are the Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?
It has antibacterial properties ACV can help prevent skin infections, in theory, diluted apple cider vinegar is helpful with acne. You need to use a high-quality apple cider vinegar, like Braggs. Your ACV should have a cloudy like sediment in the bottom of the bottle. This is called the mother. It is chocked full of yeast and bacteria formed during the fermentation process. The mother is loaded with probiotics (healthy bacteria). Probiotics can help inhibit nasty bacteria like E.coli.
May help lower your blood sugar I can verify this to be true. I am diabetic. If I get reading, higher than normal, I can drink 2 teaspoons of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, diluted with water, and my drop blood sugar will drop back into its normal range. It works better than any of the supplements that are recommended for diabetes. I have tried many of these recommended supplements and they have done nothing except drain my wallet.
Nothing works better, in my experience than a low-fat whole-food plant-based diet to combat diabetes, but if you eat something that has caused a spike in your blood sugar level, try some premium apple cider vinegar to bring it back down to earth. Research shows that it can improve insulin sensitivity during a high carb meal by 19 to 31 percent.
Reduced heart risks ACV may improve your heart health. Studies done in animals have shown lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Apple cider vinegar is high in Alpha-lipoic acid which may account for its helpful effect on your blood pressure.
May aids in weight loss Vinegar may help you lose weight by helping you feel full. This could slow down your food intake and eventually reduce belly fat and help you lose weight.
Promotes healthy skin Apple cider vinegar is a common remedy for eczema. Since your skin is highly acidic, ACV could help rebalance your pH level and add a protective barrier for your skin.
How is it Made?
Add yeast to a bunch of apples, and let it sit there for about 30 days, for it to do its thing. Yeast will turn the sugar in the apples into alcohol. Now you are ready to add a bacterial culture, called the mother of vinegar, to induce a second fermentation process. This will convert the alcohol into acetic acid.
Acetic acid is beneficial for your body. It may help reduce inflammation, lower your blood pressure, and help control blood sugar. It has an alkaline effect on your body, which helps the machine run more smoothly.
How to use ACV
Drinking apple cider vinegar straight from the bottle is highly not recommended. Dilute with at least 8 ounces of water before gulping it down. You don’t want to damage the enamel on your teeth. Use a sippy straw, if you would like to further protect your choppers. When using ACV as topical, you should also dilute the vinegar.
What to Look for When Buying ACV?
Only buy apple cider vinegar that is unfiltered and unpasteurized. This means it still contains the mother. The mother contains all the healthy bacteria that are good for your gut. You want to buy a bottle that has cloudy debris floating around on the bottom of the jar. This is the mother. People that don’t know any better, see the cloudy mess and think the vinegar has gone bad. Nope. This is what you want to buy.
Where can you Buy it?
You can find in most supermarkets, health food stores or you name it. Apple cider vinegar is popular. Finding healthier versions may be harder to find. Bragg’s apple cider vinegar is what I use.
You don’t want to overuse apple cider vinegar. It could have some negative effects. Stick to 1 to 2 tablespoons a day, diluted with water.
- Damaged tooth enamel… rinse your mouth with water after drinking or use a straw
- tissue damage
- low blood sugar
- headaches and nausea … I have not suffered any of these
- bone loss
- gastrointestinal problems
- decreased mineral levels
If you have type II diabetes, it is a useful tool against controlling your blood sugars. It may drop blood sugar too low in nondiabetics, so be careful. It helps me immensely in keeping my sugars in line. It is also very useful as a probiotic which is excellent in the fighting off bacteria and viral infections.
What has helped me the most, in regard to my health, is switching to a plant-based diet. I can not stress that enough. I am all on board. Apple cider vinegar provides another tool, for your tool kit, in search of optimum health. If anything, it is a healthier option for a salad topping. Thanks for reading. To your health.
Many blessings, Brian
I am making no claims (except in my own testimonial for the effects on my blood sugar) that apple cider vinegar will cure or heal anything. It is basically fermented nature in a bottle.
7 Replies to “What are the Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar?”
Hey Brian. This is such a great piece of information. I’ve been a vegetarian for 3 years and the effects that switching to a plant-based diet has had on my health has been great. On the other had, I got some apple cider vinegar on the supermarket a few weeks ago. I did so after I read a post about its benefit to treat skin problems, and it works. Specially after any treatment or deep exfoliation, it closes up the pores.
As for the diabetes health application, it’s cool to know this can also help. I have a question though, the bacteria that you talk about on your post, is it easy to get it or needs some digging up? I don’t think it can be as simple as asking for it at a drug store, right? please do let me know, and thanks!
You can buy probiotics supplements, or nutritional yeast is loaded with it as well as vitamin b12. Thanks for reading
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I use it at the end of my day… about two teaspoons diluted in water. It helps lower my blood sugar overnight while I sleep. Thanks for reading.
Interesting good information, especially about proper breathing. A lot more should be being said about maintaining oxygen levels with all this attention on “the science” behind the pandemic. The idea of promoting healthy immunity should be as important as the treatments and cures after people get sick. I don’t mind wearing a face mask when I go out shopping etc, but I really feel for employees who have to wear them all day.
I can’t wait for this whole mask thing to pass. I can’t breathe properly in a cloth mask. I have to use a scratchy medical one, and I pull it off my nose every chance I get. I do breath of fire breathing daily to put more oxygen in my blood. Breathing in too much carbon dioxide turns your blood acidic. So, yes, right now is a good time, if ever, to focus on breathing techniques. Thanks for reading
I have been saying from the getgo of all this that people should be breathing through the nose ONLY. If we do that we wouldn’t need to mask. I too, pull the mask under my nose when I can. I’m reading a book “Breathe” by James Nestor that should be read “pandemically” I think. There is so damn much propaganda now masquerading as science it is appalling.
The interesting think about all this masking, is that it can actually be beneficial to increase co2 tolerance, but only if the breathing is done properly.