Apple Cider Vinegar has been a popular condiment with cooks and a useful household cleaner for centuries. It has also enjoyed a well-earned reputation in folk medicine as a healing tonic and has been in favor with many in the natural health community. Is it too good to be true? Is it really that effective? Let’s review some of the benefits that scientific research have proven.
- High in Acetic Acid. ACV is made from apple cider which is fermented. Then, bacteria, called the “mother” is added. This process creates acetic acid, which is beneficial , along with gut friendly bacteria. Acetic acid is what makes is ACV a good cleanser of cuts, toenail fungus, and sore throats. It’s also a great hair rinse, exfoliating flaky scalps and removing chemical buildup from shampoos and conditioners.
- Helps with insulin sensitivity and blood sugar. Studies have shown that ACV can improve insulin sensitivity and lower blood sugar. It has been studied in liquid and pill form, and has shown to be effective in short and long-term studies.
- Weight Loss? In 3-6 month studies, ACV was taken in 1 Tbsp. – 2 Tbsp. doses and found to cause better satiety, or fullness, as well as weight loss as people ate fewer calories. Other studies show promise in reducing belly fat. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can binge on your favorite ice cream or chips – you still have to eat a healthy, low-fat diet and keep active. But these studies show ACV can be a helpful addition to your healthy lifestyle.
- Gut Friendly! ACV has been used for centuries to reduce heartburn. The gut friendly microbes from ACV help keep the gut microbiome healthy and balanced. Before or after meals, 1 Tbsp usually does the trick.
- Cleans teeth and gums and reduces oral bacterial growth. ACV is a helpful rinse to keep tartar-causing bacteria at bay. Be judicial in its use as too much can damage tooth enamel. Usually ½ tsp. in 2-3 ounces of water is effective. After rinsing with ACV, wait 10 minutes and rinse with water to protect your tooth enamel.
Apple Cider Vinegar has always been known as a useful and effective household cleaner, but now scientific studies have proven it is a healthy and beneficial food with healing and restorative properties.
Contributed by Vickie Emanuel – Organic gardener, health advocate and enthusiast for over 30 years – www.growthopportunities.net