6 Things That Apple Cider Vinegar Can Do To Your Body
You’ve heard me talk about my Granny and her “medicine bag”. It was full of funny smelling, amber bottles of oils and little cloth bags of dried leaves and stems. All you had to do was mention headache, runny nose, or tooth ache and she would grab the right “medicine” from her bag and fix you right up.
There was one bottle of her medicines, that instead of being on the closet shelf just above Granddad’s guns, she kept in the kitchen… apple cider vinegar. She made a batch of it every year by fermenting the apple peels left over from her homemade applesauce. It was Granny’s version of “I have an app for that!”
She firmly believed that it kept her and Granddad healthy, and I can’t disagree… she lived to be 93 and Granddad went squirrel hunting on his 100th birthday. Neither one of them had any serious health issues and didn’t take prescription meds of any kind.
I think Granny is smiling down from Heaven with an “I told you so ” look on her face… there’s a lot of research being generated verifying how apple cider vinegar can help the body.
Here’s 6 Things That Apple Cider Vinegar Can Do To Your Body:
1. Balances blood sugar
Medical research has proven that the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar can balance blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity and insulin responses. (1)
In another study, Researchers found that those who consume one tablespoon (mixed with water) of apple cider vinegar prior to their meals tend to improve their insulin sensitivity and their body shows a better overall insulin response to ANY carbohydrates they do eat. (2)
2. Weight Loss
A study published in the Journal of Diabetes Care found that consuming apple cider vinegar promotes weight loss. The study found that supplementing with the apple cider vinegar reduced body fat in mice by 10 percent. (3)
A 2005 study from the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that vinegar consumption with a high-carb meal resulted in participants eating/drinking 200 to 275 fewer calories throughout the rest of the day. (4)
3. Lower blood pressure
Research published in the Bioscience, BioTechnology, and Biochemistry Journal noted that the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar has an anti-hypertensive effect (in other words… it lowers blood pressure) (5)
4. Lower cholesterol
Research published in the British Journal of Nutrition noted that when subjects consumed apple cider vinegar as part of their regular diet, they showed lower amounts of cholesterol and triacylglycerol serums. (6)
Apple cider vinegar helps break up mucous in your body and increases lymphatic drainage. This helps clear your sinuses and lessen chances of a sinus headache.
If you have severe allergies that require medical attention, I’m not suggesting that you ditch your prescribed medications for apple cider vinegar, but if it’s a mild allergy you’re dealing with, give it a try… you’ll be glad you did. Just put 2 tablespoons in a large glass of water and drink it 2-3 times a day. (I take mine before I eat… gets me 3 or 4 benefits at the same time.)
6. Stimulates the Immune System
Researchers believe that antioxidants found in cider vinegar reduce the oxidative damage done to the body by free radicals and improves the health of our blood and organs. (7)
Apple cider vinegar was recently determined to be a strong antimicrobial agent and alternative to toxic and expensive chemical disinfectants. One of the most fatal bacterium… Mycobacterium tuberculosis… is resistant to disinfectants but is found to be killed by acetic acid. Especially true in patients who are immuno-suppressed, apple cider vinegar is an excellent natural antimicrobial tonic to rid of harmful bacteria and provide immune support. (8)
But… All apple cider vinegar is NOT created equal!
The majority of apple cider vinegar on the market today is a clear light tan color.
But, there’s some that appears to be downright “muddy” with “cobweb-like” strings in it… that’s the one you want. Those cob-web strings are referred to as the “Mother”. And they contain the bacteria that once it enters the body, provides the various health benefits… the probiotics, that we’re looking for.
Make sure you buy organic, unfiltered, unpasturized, and with the “Mother”.
Here’s the apple cider vinegar I use and the only one I recommend…
Do you use apple cider vinegar? How do you use it?