You’ve probably seen many lists of health benefits of ACV. The liquid has been used as a remedy for various ailments for a long time and has been considered a real nutritional treasure. ACV can treat the flu and colds, help you lose weight and treat a variety of skin disorders, and according to latest studies, everything’s true.
Scientists from the Arizona State University recently examined ACV’s effects on our health and found out that the stories were true. The participants were given 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar along with some cheese before bedtime, and in the morning their blood sugar levels were significantly lower compared to taking cheese with the same amount of water.
This is a life-changing discovery for the American population, where many people are suffering from diabetes or high blood sugar levels. Half of these people don’t even know how dangerous diabetes is and how it can compromise their health.
More studies confirm that ACV can reduce high glucose levels
A more recent study examined how ACV impacts our glucose levels. The participants were divided into 3 groups – pre-diabetes adults, healthy people and type 2 diabetes patients. Like in the previous study, they were given an ounce of ACV in the evening, and their blood sugar levels were down in the morning even if they ate a carb-rich meal. The pre-diabetes group experienced a 50% drop, while the type 2 diabetes group had 25% lower glucose levels.
Here’s a video which details how ACV lowers blood sugar levels:
Besides it’s effect on glucose, ACV’s effects on our weight have also been studied, and the results have been similar. A recent animal study showed that feeding rats with a high-fat diet and some ACV every day makes them lose 10% more body fat than the control group, and it’s probably due to the acetic acid in the liquid. The acid apparently turns on certain genes which initiate the enzymes to break down fat and prevent weight gain.
Another study from Japan gave ACV, a drink with 1 oz. of ACV or no ACV at all to 3 groups, and the first group had significantly better results than the other 2. According to the authors of the study, this shows that taking apple cider vinegar daily will boost the weight loss process.
ACV’s effects on cancer cells and the immune system
Another great effect of the liquid is its ability to detoxify your lymphatic system, which prevents a variety of diseases and conditions. As you may already know, ACV is rich in antioxidants that can fight oxidative damage in the cells and improves the function of your organs and blood.
Recently, scientists have confirmed the liquids antibacterial properties and as a great alternative to toxic disinfectants. Even the most dangerous bacteria can be killed by acetic acid, which shows just how powerful the liquid is.
ACV can help people with a weakened immune system as it can support it and kill the bacteria in your body. Some studies have even confirmed that ACV can kill cancer cells, thanks to the liquid’s ability to induce apoptosis in them. Apple cider vinegar has been found as especially effective against breast, colon, bladder, prostate and colon cancer cells.
ACV dressing against sore throat and digestive problems
If you’re suffering from colitis, IBS or some kind of other digestive problem, a nice ACV salad dressing can help relieve them. The lactic acid the liquid contains can restore your intestinal bacterial balance and significantly boost your digestion. Even science has confirmed ACV as great for our digestive health – studies have shown that those who drink ACV have a higher level of beneficial bacteria in their gut which can fight several digestive problems.
In order to keep your digestive system in check, you should consume 2 tablespoons of ACV with a teaspoon of honey in a cup of tea every day. If you want to relieve a sore throat, you can try the following recipe:
- 1 tablespoon ACV
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons water
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper and ginger powder
Mix everything well, then take a few sips from the mixture every couple of hours.
To treat a sore throat and relieve your digestive problems, you can also make a delicious salad dressing. Mix some ACV, lemon juice, chopped garlic, salt and pepper, then drizzle the mixture over your salads for a nice flavor and a host of health benefits.
ACV for beauty
Thanks to its ability to change your pH to alkaline, ACV can treat a variety of beauty and health problems such as acne, warts, minor burns and wounds, bug bites rashes, blemishes and fungal infections on the skin. It can also help you in cases of oral problems, but when using it on your face or as a mouth rinse, you need to dilute it with water first. ACV is highly acidic and can harm your skin or teeth when used often, so make sure to dilute it.