Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has a vast variety of health-giving benefits as well as an extraordinary healing power for a host of different health ailments.
Widely known particularly for its ability keep the balance of the pH levels. Also, it increases the production of good bacteria in the gut and aids in body weight management. Regulating and maintaining stable blood sugar levels is probably its most magnificent ability.
One study conducted at the Arizona State University analyzed 11 people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. None of them took insulin but continued with their prescription meds instead.
Each patient took 2tbsp of apple cider vinegar along with 1oz of cheese before bedtime. In the morning, the patients showed lower readings of blood sugar levels compared to those who took the cheese with water instead of apple cider vinegar.
The significance of this discovery is enormous. Reportedly, nearly half of U.S citizens are suffering either from high blood sugar levels or fully blown diabetes.
Furthermore, most of them are unaware of the fact how impaired their well-being really is, which only makes it worse. The benefits of apple cider vinegar were put under the loop in numerous studies for a vast variety of health ailments, CNN Health explains.
Researchers Discover: ACV has Positive Effects on Blood Sugar Levels
One recent study had participants divided into 3 groups: people with type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, and healthy people.
1oz of apple cider vinegar was more of an adhesive to their high-carb meal (usually made up of 1 white bagel + butter and a cup of orange juice). The results were breathtaking as all of them had significantly lower blood sugar levels.
To be more specific, pre-diabetics decreased their blood sugar levels by almost 50%, while type-2 diabetics by up to 25%. Another study (published in The Journal of Agriculture and Chemistry) gave some outstanding results about the weight-control potential of ACV.
High-fat diets when combined with an acetic acid (an active ingredient in ACV) successfully decreased the weight of mice by 10%.
Researchers claim that these results reveal the potential of the acetic acid to provoke the fat break-down ability of the enzymes in the genes. A double-blind trial of 3 months duration, on obese people, was conducted in Japan.
The participants were divided into 3 groups, but all had similar BMI (body mass index), body weight and waist measurement. The 1st group had to drink ½oz of ACV, the 2nd group – 1oz and the 3rd had no ACV intake at all.
Results show that those who drank apple cider vinegar had smaller waist measurements and lowered rates of triglycerides, belly fat, and body weight. Scientists say that daily intake of vinegar may be useful in metabolic syndrome anticipation by decreasing obesity.
ACV Effects on Cancer Cells & Immune System
Another great ability of apple cider vinegar is its potential to detox the lymphatic system. Thus aiding the optimization of the homeostatic function in the body.
This might be due to the antioxidants inside the ACV that reduce the oxidative damage by freeing radicals while improving both the organs and the blood at the same time. ‘The Truth About Cancer’ explain the connection between ACV and immune support.
Reportedly, Apple cider vinegar contains powerful anti-microbial properties and for that is a great alternative to expensive and chemically toxic disinfectants.
Acetic acid effectively extinguishes Mycobacterium tuberculosis (one of the deadliest bacterium, which is resistant to disinfectants).
Apple cider vinegar is an amazing antimicrobial tonic, especially for immunosuppressed people because it aids the dispatch of detrimental bacteria and provides immune support. Results from several studies show that ACV can extinguish cancer cells effectively.
Particularly one Japan study, where a number of fermented kinds of vinegar were used to prevail cancer cells deaths in leukemia (apoptosis). Rice vinegar in another study, obstructed colon and malignant breast tumors by 62%, as well as prostate and bladder cancers.
Punch Recipes for Sore Throat and Digestive Health
Apple cider vinegar has double effects when combined with fermented veggies, and can potentially ease a number of stomach problems such as acid reflux, colitis, and ulcers.
The fermentation process of the lactic acid aids in the improvement of the gut microbiome. Animal studies on mice claim that ACV is healthy for the digestive system.
Mice with ulcerative colitis that were given a solution of water and ACV decreased the risks of gastrointestinal diseases and had higher amounts of good gut bacteria. In addition, we’ll present you with several recipes that include ACV.
You could try them in the comfort of your home to improve your gut health, soothe sore throats and even use it as a salad dressing:
Gut Health Recipe:
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1tsp of raw honey
- 2tsp of apple cider vinegar
Sore Throat Recipe:
- 2tbsp of water
- ¼tsp of ground ginger
- 1tbsp of apple cider vinegar
- 2tbsp of raw honey
- Optional*: ¼tsp of cayenne pepper
Instructions: Swallow tiny sips of the solution every 2 hours to ease your throat’s issues. If you find the taste a bit strange, add a cup of water to mask it.
- 1tbsp of ACV
- 1tbsp of lemon juice
- ½tsp of ground garlic
- a few fresh basil leaves, chopped
- a pinch of ground black pepper
A delicious recipe to serve over green salads, broccoli or asparagus.
Health & Beauty Benefits of ACV
Many people claim that drinking 1tbsp of ACV stops hiccups straight away. It shocks the hiccups out of the system by overstimulating the nerve endings. Definitely worth giving it a go!
It’s also said that a cloth soaked in ACV speeds up the healing process and decreases inflammation. The high acidic content of ACV is the primary root of all benefits and healing properties it provides.
Due to the pH adjusting potential (apart from the tired & dry skin and dandruff), it also has been utilized for:
- Detox baths
- Toenail fungus
- Poison Ivy
- Athlete’s foot
- Removing Warts
- Toning your skin
- Bug bites
Apple cider vinegar is a common commodity around every home because it’s also handy for cooking and cleaning. One not so famous fact is that if you add ACV to any savory soup (from veggie to chili), it will improve the overall flavor and increase the brightness of the dish.
The acidity and the antibacterial properties of apple cider vinegar make him an excellent cleaning agent, especially for dentures. You can make a solution of 2tbsp of ACV, ½ a cup of water and 2tsp of baking soda, and use it to wash your mouth or to clean your toothbrush.
Be aware that the high acidity of ACV can cause dental erosion and severe damage to your teeth, so make sure to dilute it with water for every application. Additionally, instead of using toxic weed killers, you can use ACV to get rid of the grass in the sidewalk cracks.
Unlike the roundups and other toxic products, it doesn’t interfere with the drinking water in case it leaches into underground water systems.
If you are experiencing any of the conditions above and you tried implementing ACV remedies, tell us how did it go for you in the comment section. Moreover, if you found this article useful and amusing, do share it with your friends and loved ones!