Due to its numerous health benefits, apple cider vinegar has long been used for various other things apart from cooking. The best kind is homemade unfiltered and unpasteurized ACV made from organic apples.
These 13 benefits of ACV may come as a surprise to you!
1. Apple Cider Vinegar is Abundant in Acetic Acid
According to Japanese research, acetic acid is efficient in controlling both blood pressure and fat buildup. Europe researchers also studied the effects of sodium acetate and acetic acid on blood glucose levels as well as other metabolic reactions in healthy subjects.
Acetic acid is not vinegar, but a byproduct of the fermentation process of vinegar. It’s actually a bacterium found in vinegar.
What happens during the fermentation process is that the acetic acid bacteria grow inside the liquid and along with the process, they slowly turn into a nontoxic slime, commonly referred to as the “mother.” This ingredient is actually responsible for the sharp flavor and the biting odor of vinegar.
The “mother” is often removed via filtration by vinegar manufacturers. However, it’s highly recommended to use raw non-distilled vinegar, which contains the “mother”, especially if you’re thinking of including this to your dietary regime. Acetic acid content in vinegar varies between 4 to 7% in distilled vinegar and 5 to 6% in wine vinegar. Bragg unfiltered ACV (one of the more popular brands) contains 5.14% of acetic acid.
Note: According to the FDA, diluted acetic acid is not vinegar and should not be added into any food product that is expected to contain vinegar.
2. Has Cancer-Fighting Properties
Cancer is a silent killer in that the symptoms don’t manifest itself until it is in a stage where there is little that you can do to cure it. In 2014 over 1.6 million people in the United States tested positive for cancer and there were over half a million deaths (it is the 4th common cause of death in the USA). Research has shown that vinegar can at least shrink and kill some types of cancer cells.
One study was done in China, where they discovered that vegetable and vinegar consumption reduced the risk of oesophageal cancer. However in a separate study done in Serbia, results showed that vinegar consumption increased bladder cancer 4.4 times. Based on these studies, vinegar is found to have anti-tumor properties thanks to the acetic acid bacteria but may provide various effects depending on the type of cancer.
3. It is a Proven Disinfectant and Bacteria Killer
Before the studies even began, vinegar was used for treating wounds. It is used as a natural disinfectant and it will kill E. coli and S. aureus.
4. Lowers bad cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular disease
Bad cholesterol can cause different health diseases, ad one of the worst is stroke or heart attack. We need to take care of the cholesterol, and from time in time, we should check it. Apple cider vinegar has the best properties to make it normalized our cholesterol. So, next time when your bad cholesterol levels are increased you will consume apple cider vinegar.
5. It Prevents the Onset of Diabetes by Lowering Postprandial Glycaemia
Postprandial glycaemia refers to the elevated blood sugar levels that occur after a meal, which is a major reason why pre-diabetics progress to type 2 diabetics. Pre-diabetes refers to elevated blood glucose levels but not high enough to be considered as type-2 diabetes. In case this pre-diabetes condition is left undiagnosed, in 10 years or less, it can lead to type 2 diabetes. According to research from Arizona University, there was 35% decrease in this condition by simply drinking vinegar juice made of 20g ACV, 49g water and 1 tsp saccharine after a meal.
Postprandial glycaemia can also be prevented by walking around for 15 minutes after a meal instead of sitting down, something that most of us do.
6. It Reduces Bacterial Infections on Teeth
In an experiment done on 100 teeth extracted through a root canal (not live teeth inside the mouth) that were exposed to the E. faecalis bacteria, ACV reduced bacterial count but didn’t completely remove it.
7. Research Says That Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help Type-2 Diabetics Improve Insulin Sensitivity
The American Diabetes Association conducted a study in 2004, which involved 3 groups of people – type 2 diabetics and non-diabetic individuals who are either insulin sensitive (these were the control group) or insulin resistant. 29 people altogether took part in the study. All groups were first given a mixture of 20g ACV, 40g water and a teaspoon of saccharine. Then 2 minutes later, the groups were given a meal consisting of a white bagel, orange juice and butter.
The findings revealed that ACV increased insulin sensitivity in insulin-resistant individuals by 34% and in type 2 diabetics by 19%. In the words of Dr. Mercola, who also referred to the study, the type 2 diabetics who participated in the study improved blood glucose levels by 25%, while pre-diabetics had lower blood glucose compared to healthy individuals (the control group).
8. Vinegar Can Help in Losing Weight
There has been a new study done by Japanese researchers that acetic acid found in vinegar could prevent the accumulation of body fat. One test was done with mice, the other with people.
The test was done on mice (the latest study): In their study laboratory, scientists fed two groups of mice with a high-fat diet. Afterwards, one group was given acetic acid and one group was not. The mice that were given acetic acid developed less body fat (up to 10%) compared to mice that were not given acetic acid.
Test done on people: 175 obese but healthy people were divided into two groups. Both groups had a similar diet but one group had plain water and the other had some vinegar. At the end of 12 weeks the people who had the vinegar lost an average of 1 to 2 pounds. But whilst vinegar may have properties that can break down fats, nothing beats exercise and eating the right food to really shift any excess weight!
In a world loaded with such a large number of poisons, we if all be taking prudent steps by joining defensive sustenances into our eating regimens. We’ve talked about a significant number of the wellsprings of poisons in past articles so we won’t be excessively repetitive in this article.
The exceptional acids in ACV sticky situation to poisons and permit us to discharge them all the more successfully.
You can likewise use the solution of ACV by adding a glass to a hot shower with some epsom salts, to kickstart your lymphatic framework into discharging poisons.
Apple cider vinegar is very effective when it comes to eliminating bacteria. We already told you that this ingredient can eliminate toxins and bacteria, but Candida is special kind of bacteria which is very hard to eliminate, and apple cider vinegar succeeded in this.
Since yeast is a fungus it makes sense that ACV would help in keeping the parasite at bay, even though to date there hasn’t been any specific analysis of ACV directly as a candida killer.
11. Prevents muscle Fatigue after Exercise
Muscle fatigue can often be a symptom of mineral and electrolyte depletion. To make sure the body has ample electrolyte stores take a Tbs of ACV with water before a workout. The natural pH of our bodies when it’s in balance create an environment where elimination of excess lactic acid in the muscles easily occurs, this stasis also plays a crucial role in oxygenating our bodies during exercise.
12. Reduce sunburns and insect stings
Apple cider vinegar is extremely beneficial in treatment of both sunburns and insect bites. To reduce burn sunburn, use equal portions of ACV and water and apply to the skin with a cotton fabric. Also, you can relax in a bath with moderately hot water and a cup of ACV. For insect bites, apply ACV directly on the infected area.
13. Cures Dandruff
Dandruff can also be successfully treated with ACV. Mix equal proportions of ACV and water and apply on your scalp with a cloth or a spraying bottle. Keep it on for 1-2 hours under a bathing cap and then rinse. Do this at least once or twice a week for best results.