Nutrition

Apple Cider Vinegar: The Ultimate Superfood

It has been around for ages and has multiple uses and now it is found beneficial for your health. What is this mystery product? You may find it in your refrigerator or cabinet, it is apple cider vinegar. This “sour wine” is made from pulverized apples that in which sugars in the apples have been broken down by bacteria and yeast to become a product of fermentation. Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, other acids, vitamins, mineral salts, and amino acids.

Health Benefits

Though becoming popular in the 1950’s as an all-around product, apple cider vinegar mainly took off because of its great health benefits. Apple cider vinegar is reported to treat many diseases, health conditions, and annoyances. It has promising benefits for diabetes. Because it is rich in acetic acid, it is said to slow the digestion of starch which can help to reduce glucose levels that commonly occurs after meals. This observation is discussed in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. One study of people with type 2 diabetes found that taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed lowered glucose levels in the morning by 4%-6%. Another benefit for diabetics was published in BMC Gastroenterol, showing that it increases the rate of gastric emptying, the time it takes for food to empty from the stomach to the small intestines. Might taste sour, but the effects are helpful. Not only has it shown to help with diabetes, but in another study it showed evidence that vinegar could help regulate blood pressure and reduce LDL (bad cholesterol), which in return means having a healthy heart. This was seen in a study that found that people who ate oil and vinegar dressing on salads five to six times a week had lower rates of heart disease than people who didn’t. See, eating like a rabbit and having this “sour wine” on top might not be such a bad idea in the long run. Grab your forks and eat those greens!
I am sure if you ask your grandparents they will tell you to add apple cider vinegar to your diets. One study found that those who ate a piece of bread along with small amounts of white vinegar felt fuller and more satisfied than those who just ate the bread. Not just white vinegar, but other vinegars like apple cider vinegar have given a full effect in people, meaning that it helps with weight loss by breaking down fats so that your body can use them and not store them. Since those fats need to be exiting, and not staying in your body, apple cider vinegar might also help improve bowel irregularity and helps to remove toxins from the body at a faster rate. Now would be the time to use your grandma’s old bag of tricks. Now, that you are thinking of it as a weight loss tool, also consider apple cider vinegar because it is rich in potassium, a mineral that is key for growth, building muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity, prevents brittle teeth, hair loss and runny noses. Plus, since apple cider vinegar is plentiful in malic acid, it has anti-viral, bacterial and fungal properties within. Not a bad list of benefits considering its one inexpensive home remedy passed on down the generations for household and body uses.

Selection and Storage

When walking into your local grocery store, there are plenty of vinegars, make sure you are grabbing pure apple cider vinegar. When deciding add this to your daily diet, keep in mind your health and any concerns you may have. Be sure to speak to your doctor first! Your doctor can also make sure that the vinegar won’t affect other health conditions or the effectiveness of the medicines you take. Keep in mind that the main ingredient of apple cider vinegar is acetic acid and it’s quite harsh. Apple cider vinegar should always be diluted with water or juice before swallowed. If you decide to add this into your diet, some people take two teaspoons a day or it can be purchased as a tablet, though you are better off using the real stuff versus a pill.

Here are some other ways you can enjoy apple cider vinegar instead of drinking teaspoons of it.

Recipes and Home Remedies

Ever thought of making it on your own, rather than buying it from the store? Well here’s a recipe or two to try. It even has a tonic recipe and salad dressing recipe! Check them out ! Did you know that it is said that apple cider vinegar is good for your skin, yes acne prone skin, and hair? Here is a good website to check out for some of your beauty tips using apple cider vinegar

In Conclusion

As it all begins from an apple something so sweet, turned into something so sour, it’s no wonder people can be skeptical. But as the studies grow, apple cider vinegar is proving to not just be your grandma’s folk tale, but something great to begin adding to your daily regimen. As always, don’t forget to share your ideas and tips.

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