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Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits

Apple cider vinegarThe benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. First, what in the heck is it? Do you know what it is? I’ve always wondered what it consisted of, and now I’m here to tell you. It’s a fermented vinegar made from apples and apple cider.

So how do we use this wonderful but strange looking liquid? Apple cider vinegar, ACV, like other types of vinegar has what is called acetic acid which is been studied for its health benefits and is the key ingredient. So today I want to take a look at some of the apple cider vinegar health benefits.

One of the things they are studying apple cider vinegar for is diabetes. There was a study where when you drink apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon of the stuff in plain water before meals, actually lowered fasting blood glucose among adults at risk for type 2 diabetes.

And then there’s the work that has been done with ACV and blood pressure. According to some animal-based research, drinking ACV might help lower blood pressure. And that’s about all we know about it for now. But since it safe to drink and if you have high blood pressure, well, why not?

A lot of us have high cholesterol. I’m not saying that I do, but you might. So how does apple cider vinegar help fight high cholesterol and triglyceride’s? Diabetic rats were fed a diet with apple cider vinegar and guess what? They experienced a reduction in triglycerides and a boost in HDL or the good cholesterol.

And I’ve heard about how the stuff can clean you out. Research with apple cider vinegar supports liver detoxification and overall circulation. You’ll hear a lot of holistic practitioners recommend it for reducing acidity within the body, you know balancing the body’s pH. Well you can also use it to ease indigestion, combating candida yeast, and breaking up mucus that’s throughout your body.

Okay so the best thing of all is this, weight loss with apple cider vinegar! You know all types of vinegar including apple cider are thought to help you lose weight by increasing fullness between meals.

I’ve never been sure whether I need to refrigerate ACV. And can you drink it straight out of the bottle, well I mean in a glass? Here’s some helpful tips that I’ve discovered about Apple cider vinegar:

First of all you don’t need to refrigerate the stuff. You need to keep it in a cool dry place, that is on the kitchen cabinet away from direct sunlight. And you should dilute it with water or juice, because drinking undeluded apple cider vinegar can burn or staying. Look for the raw, unpasteurized brands of apple cider vinegar. Pasteurizing can even destroy the vinegars’ natural enzymes and other nutrients. You’ve probably read something about this; about the “mother” strand-like enzymes that occur naturally and are visible in the in the bottle of unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, and they are perfectly safe to ingest and supposedly rich in the healing nutrients of ACV.

Okay so let’s look at some of the research into ACV as a weight-loss aid. The research is kind of limited, but in a double-blind study from “Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry” showed that obese people who consumed a vinegar drink daily for 12 weeks lost more weight than those given a placebo. The study says that scientist noticed great reductions in body mass index, waist circumference, and serum triglyceride levels linked to cardiovascular disease among those who were drinking the vinegar.

You know you can use the stuff for beauty as well? Listen to this. ACV is an inexpensive beauty staple. Here’s what you can do for a healthier shinier hair: For 1 to 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar mixed with a cup of water over your hair after shampoo. Leave it in for a couple of minutes before rinsing out. And as a toner, you can apply using cotton swabs after cleaning your face. Apple cider vinegar is also a natural home remedy for sunburn. Did you know that? Just apply to the affected areas using cotton swabs.

You can introduce apple cider vinegar to your diet in a couple of easy ways. You can cook with it but more often consider mixing 1 to 2 tablespoons of it into 8 ounces of water and drinking it before you eat, twice daily. Here’s an another tip. Add the same amount into a water bottle and sip it throughout the day. Not crazy about the taste? They do have tablets and capsules.