The nutritive and medicinal benefits associated with apple cider vinegar (ACV) are myriad. In a previous post, we listed 11 health benefits of apple cider vinegar. One important benefit is that it may help regulate blood sugar and therefore help manage or prevent type 2 diabetes.
In a study published in Diabetes Care, researchers found that when participants took two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar at bedtime with a snack (one once of cheese), they had lower blood sugar levels the next morning, compared to when they ate the same bedtime snack with two tablespoons of water.
Apple Cider Vinegar And Weight Loss
As almost typical with products that are linked with blood-sugar management, ACV may also aid fat loss (aka weight loss). It does this is on several ways.
For one, the acetic acid in it may turn on genes that trigger enzymes that suppress body fat accumulation.
Secondly, it may help suppress appetite. Assuming you will take it before a meal and not after, it may curb your appetite, so you eat less and possibly lose weight.
Thirdly, ACV is one of the natural carbohydrate blockers that may block amylase, a product compound that helps digest carbs. The undigested carbs then pass through the system and are not assimilated into the body. This may help in weight reduction.
The vinegar may also help improve insulin sensitivity, which may help manage blood sugar levels as well as aid fat loss.
The Mother Of All Vinegars
Apple cider vinegar is arguably the most beneficial of the vinegars. However, the word “mother” above is not about this, but about something else that is vital when it comes to purchasing ACV.
While the image (of the vinegar and apples) above shows a nice and clean liquid, this is actually not what you want. If the vinegar looks clear, it is most likely filtered. You want organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar that contains “the mother”. What is this?
Well, the mother of vinegar refers to strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a muddy, cobweb-like appearance. It is found on the bottom and floats to the surface when you shake the vinegar. How do you tell if the vinegar contains the mother?
Since the mother of apple cider vinegar is important, top brands often have the words “with the mother” on the label. Look also for “organic” and “unfiltered”.
How To Take ACV?
Just be aware that you should not take straight, as it is highly acidic and can burn your esophagus. It should be diluted in water. Adding honey might make more palatable and you get the extra benefits associated with the sweet stuff.
Video below shows you how to make apple cider vinegar salad dressing using the vinegar and other healthful ingredients.
How To Make Apple Cider Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipe
An elixir to cure all ills, it is not. But apple cider vinegar is up there among top super-foods and super-supplements and should be in your repertoire of natural health products.
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Raw Apple Cider Vinegar: Artizone via Creative Commons 2.0