- 10 Proven Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar, [ACV], is an age-old remedy used for a variety of health benefits. Though it’s effect on every body is different, some individuals claim they experienced dramatic results by adding ACV to their daily routine! However, while some scientific studies have discovered trends that suggest it’s effectiveness, other studies failed to see much of a difference.
The good news though, is that – unless you’re consuming ridiculous amounts of ACV – using it can’t hurt you, and, if you’re lucky, it could really help you! Here are 10 things studies suggest could be improved by regular use of Apple Cider Vinegar
10 Proven Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Weight Loss
There are claims that ACV both ramps up your metabolism and detoxification processes in your body to help your body release the toxins stored in your fat cells and even help burn away fat stores – if you’re already in calorie deficit, that is. While some studies suggest there’s merit to those claims, they don’t necessarily prove they’re true.
What studies have found true is that consuming ACV before large meals, [1 tbsp in a cup of water], does seem to help with appetite control and curbing cravings. Researchers in Japan also found that daily consumption of ACL helped prevent weight gain. So if you’re currently trying to maintain your weight loss, this might be the magic tip you’re looking for!
2. Blood Sugar Levels, Insulin Sensitivity & Type II Diabetes
Apple Cider Vinegar contains acetic acid, which has been proven to balance blood sugar levels when it’s consumed before meals. Studies have shown that by drinking ACV in a cup of water before eating, pre-diabetic individuals have been able to lower their post-meal blood sugar levels to that of a normal adult, and those living with Type II Diabetes improved their blood sugar levels by an average of 25%.
3. Blood Pressure, Cholesterol & Heart Disease
The chlorogenic acids in Apple Cider Vinegar are said to aid the body in reducing blood pressure and LDL, [your bad cholesterol]. LDL is the fat that accumulates and crystalizes in your bloodstream, which can lead to heart attack and stroke.
The research proving this effect was done on rats, but a study of a large group of women who increased their consumption of ACL in an oil and vinegar salad dressing did find that their risk of heart disease decreased. Could it have been because their consumption of leafy greens likely increased with their consumption of salads? Maybe. It also could have been a combination of both! Takeaway: eat your greens, and top them with ACV in your dressing for an added healthy kick!
Research has gone both ways with this one, but the general takeaway is that if the cancer manifests as a tumor, ACV can help shrink the tumor and even kill cancerous cells. If you or a loved one is fighting cancer, definitely do some research on the specific diagnosis before taking up this habit!
5. Bodily pH Levels & Heartburn
When your body becomes too acidic, you’ll likely feel zapped of energy and you’ll be at a higher risk for chronic disease, including cancer. The acetic acid in Apple Cider Vinegar has an alkalizing effect on your body, which will ultimately boost your energy and lower your risk for chronic disease and cancer.
Heartburn and acid reflux are conditions you’ll struggle with when the pH levels in your stomach are too acidic due to a lack of digestive enzymes and probiotics. Apple Cider Vinegar contains both of these things! So drinking a tablespoon in a cup of water before your meals will help alleviate your symptoms.
It’s said that adding a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar to a warm bath, along with some coconut oil, will help soothe a sunburn. It will ease the discomfort, but won’t necessarily stop you from peeling if it’s too severe. Regardless, avoiding the “my bedsheets feel like sandpaper!” feeling is reason enough to fill the tub and relax!
7. Stuffiness & Sore Throat
ACV is known to reduce inflammation, which is the underlying culprit for stuffy sinuses and a sensitive throat. It’s also effective at breaking up mucous, which will also help relieve the symptoms of colds and seasonal allergies.
8. Skin Complexion
The anti-inflammatory and pH balancing properties of ACV make it an effective remedy for acne, sensitive skin and even varicose veins. A lot of natural, toxin-free beauty products use it as an ingredient in their skin care lines. Some people even use ACV straight out of the bottle as their facial toner!
9. Hair Texture
If your hair is looking dull and dry lately, mix 1 tbsp of ACV with water and pour it over your head after shampooing. A lot of people swear that using this remedy in place of conditioner a couple times a week made their hair look red carpet ready!
10. Teeth Whitening
Again, the pH levels in Apple Cider Vinegar can help you feel your most beautiful and confident! Dip your finger in ACV, then rub your teeth for 60 seconds to remove some of the staining that dulls those pearly whites!
There are numerous health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar including those mentioned here, so feel free to add yours and we will be glad to add them in our subsequent update.