Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

 

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Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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It could help you lose weight.

  1. Research is very limited, but a small Japanese study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry did find that people who took vinegar daily for twelve weeks lost slightly more weight (1 to 2 lbs) than those who took water. Experts believe vinegar may stimulate genes that help breakdown fat. Another study in the International Journal of Obesity found sipping the stuff could suppress appetite, but this was due to the fact that the pungent taste caused people to feel nauseous—less than appealing.

It may banish bad breath.

  1. The vinegar's anti-bacterial properties may help break down plaque and kill bacteria that cause halitosis and even a sore throat.

It protects your heart.

  1. Japanese research showed apple cider vinegar reduced blood pressure in rats—but the same results have yet to be showed in humans. (Did you know apples are one of The Best Fruits for a Heart-Healthy Diet?)

It keeps blood sugar levels in check.

  1. Multiple studies give weight to the claim that apple cider vinegar can help with diabetes and blood sugar regulation. Drinking the stuff was shown to improve insulin sensitivity to high-carbohydrate meals—slowing the rise in blood sugar levels.

It aids digestion.

  1. Fermented foods, like vinegar, have been shown to aid digestion by encouraging the growth of healthy gut bacteria.

It prevents cancer.

  1. This is a stretch, but apple cider vinegar is rich in polyphenols, which help fight oxidative stress. Research has shown that eating diets high in antioxidant-rich foods may help reduce your cancer risk, but don’t expect a magic panacea.

It balances your pH levels.

  1. Proponents claim apple cider vinegar helps restore alkalinity in the body, which can boost metabolism, strengthen immunity and slow the aging-process to give you clearer, wrinkle-free skin—but there’s no research to verify these claims.