It may surprise most people that humans have used apple cider vinegar for more than 10,000 years for various home and healing purposes.
According to Dr. Earl Mindell, Hippocrates, one of the fathers of modern medicine, advised the use of apple cider vinegar in 400 B.C.E. to treat a variety of illnesses. Even with such high praises from such a venerable healer, apple cider vinegar was used even earlier in ancient Egypt in approximately 3000 B.C.E. and in ancient Babylon as early as 5000 B.C.E. Vinegar is even mentioned in the Bible four times in the Old Testament and four times in the New Testament.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Anytime an alcoholic beverage has an alcohol content greater than 18 percent, it can be made into vinegar. A naturally occurring bacteria known as acetobacter aceti can convert the alcohol into acetic acid, the formal name for vinegar, once there is enough alcohol.
As the name suggests, apple cider vinegar is made of two separate fermentations of fresh apple juice extracted from crushed apples. The first fermentation, from yeast, makes it into a cider, and the second from bacteria turns the cider into vinegar.
Vinegar is mostly water and contains roughly 2 calories per tablespoon. Apple cider vinegar contains no fat and very low sodium and contains healthy acids, enzymes, and trace elements of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, and calcium. Because of this, traditional healers have extolled the virtues of apple cider vinegar for centuries.
What are some of Apple Cider Vinegar’s Potential Benefits?
Vinegar has been shown to have several potential benefits. Some of them include:
- Vinegar kills bacteria – Growing up, you may have heard your mother or grandmother say vinegar is an excellent cleaning solution. Vinegar has been applied to mild sunburn, treat nail fungus and athlete’s foot, and even been used to remove lice.
- Vinegar can help encourage weight loss – In a study in Japan, researchers found that study participants who consumed apple cider vinegar over a 12-week period lost more weight than the participants who didn’t. Those consuming the apple cider vinegar experienced a faster lowering of BMI, waist circumference, and visceral fat. The Japanese scientists believe that the acetic acid found in abundance in apple cider vinegar is a major component of healthy weight loss. Apple cider vinegar also is very effective in appetite suppression and can curb cravings between meals.
- Apple cider vinegar may assist in blood sugar control – A study of participants with Type 2 diabetes conducted in 2007 indicated that apple cider vinegar could help normalize blood sugar levels in the body. The study’s participants followed a standardized meal plan and took apple cider vinegar before bedtime. The scientists found that the ACV seemed to have a positive effect on glucose levels.
- Apple cider vinegar may help lower cholesterol – Some patients taking part in an 8-week study conducted in 2018 found that after consuming 30 milliliters of apple cider vinegar twice a day, they managed to lower their cholesterol significantly.
- Apple cider vinegar may help your skin – One additional benefit of the antioxidants in apple cider vinegar is its effect on the skin. Free radicals found in our environment and our diets can also take their toll on our skin health. Many believe that their skin is more radiant and youthful after adding ACV to their diet because of the antioxidants found within it.
- Apple cider vinegar contains probiotics for gut health – Probiotics such as lactobacillus occur within apple cider vinegar during fermentation. Probiotics play an essential role within our digestive tract by creating a barrier of lactic acid, inhibiting harmful bacteria growth. Apple cider vinegar also contains pectin, which is found in many fruits and vegetables and further protects gut health.
How to include apple cider vinegar in your diet
For many, making a dressing of apple cider vinegar, oil, and a bit of salt and pepper over a salad or marinating meats in it before grilling are some of the easiest ways to start incorporating its qualities into their diet. However, not many people eat meat or even salad every day.
Even though it seems easy enough to take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a couple of times a day, this can come with its own risks. Over time, consuming apple cider vinegar without dilution can cause damage to tooth enamel, potentially making them brittle and susceptible to decay. Others have complained of throat burns and stomach upset, or nausea. Many people simply find the taste too harsh.
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Please note that all information provided on this blog is not intended to recommend, diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any medical condition or to replace the advice of a qualified doctor or other healthcare professional. Do not exceed the recommended dose of this product. Keep out of the reach of children. Before consuming tea or any other natural health supplement, please consult your doctor.
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