A Look at the Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) isn’t just good for vinaigrette. The benefits of apple cider vinegar lie in the
murky, web-like sediment at the bottom of unfiltered types of ACV. This mass is referred to as “the
mother” and is where the good bacteria and beneficial acids gather. You can use it in your cooking or
drink it as a beverage, diluted into water.
Over time, taking a tablespoon of ACV a day can help regulate your blood pressure, improve heart
health and balance out the acidity in your body. Remember not to drink it straight; not only is it very
bitter, it can also burn your esophagus on the way down. Instead, dilute it in a glass of water.
ACV has been shown to lower glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity, making it very successful in helping people manage their diabetes or those trying to keep blood sugar low. If you are already taking medications to help manage blood sugar, however, talk to your physician before increasing your intake of ACV.
During the fermentation process, the sugars from apples are turned into acetic acid, which can kill
bacteria and prevent them from multiplying. Vinegar is used often as a food preservative because it
slows down the growth of bacteria, like E. coli, and keeps food from spoiling. This is taken advantage of
in the form of cleaning products as well, making it a good disinfectant.
When used as an astringent, ACV can dry and heal blemishes and soothe sunburns. Next time you wash your hair, mix a tablespoon or two of it into water and rinse. Its ability to balance pH levels can smooth your hair and help clear out dandruff. The smell will dissipate when your hair dries.
There are endless ways to utilize the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. How do you use it?