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The Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Health benefits of apple cider vinegar

The internet is full of amazing health claims about apple cider vinegar, but few can separate the fact from the fiction. Science says that apple cider vinegar does work some pretty spectacular miracles:

It boosts your immune system.

Made by adding bacterial cultures and yeast to apple juice, cider is typically used as a dressing on vegetables.  It’s the antioxidant compounds in the produce that actually help reduce the risk of chronic disease, including cardiovascular illness, diabetes, cancer and cognitive decline

acetic acid
All vinegars contain an active ingredient known as acetic acid, which means all varieties (including pasteurized, unpasteurized, organic and different flavours) are pretty much the same.

It helps digest carbs!

One 2006 study linked the liquid to limiting the negative effects of high-carb, high-glycemic-index meals but you should be avoiding those processed carbs anyway!

It attacks fat.

Studies suggest the acetic acid in vinegar may help reduce fat production in the liver and improve blood cholesterol levels overall. Results of a research study in Japan suggest that acetic acid may help control blood pressure and fat accumulation.

It lowers blood sugar.

Some research linked acetic acid with a mild reduction in blood sugar spikes after meals, slowing food’s movement through the GI tract.

Its packed with probiotics.

These are only found in apple cider vinegar that contains the ‘mother’ of vinegars, the substrate leftover after fermentation.

Apple cider vinegar the mother
What is apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’? In short, it is apple cider vinegar that still has the culture of beneficial bacteria that turns regular apple cider vinegar in the first place. It is a complex structure of beneficial acids that seem to have health benefits.

Given all the above, you’ll be leaping to glug out of the nearest apple cider vinegar bottle, but don’t even think about shooting it straight up (It’s best to dilute a tablespoons worth it in at least a cup of water).  Your oesophagus isn’t designed to withstand all that acid, so it’s all too easy to inadvertently inhale trace amounts of it while trying to swallow…which could send acid into your lungs!!

 

So where can I buy it? Well it’s available from health food shops with the most common being Braggs, which retails at £6.99 for a 473ml bottle.

 

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