The health benefits of apple cider vinegar are well documented. Despite a growing body of research supporting these health benefits, many Americans are still unaware of this simple yet powerful type of vinegar. In this article, we review a few key health benefits and offer tips for anyone interested in making apple cider vinegar a bigger part of daily nutrition.
Patients are warned not to drink apple cider vinegar without first diluting it in water. As a vinegar, ACV is extremely acidic and may contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel if it is not watered down first. ACV may also irritate and burn the esophagus if consumed directly from the bottle.
Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits
There are many individuals praising apple cider vinegar for a wide array of holistic health benefits. The most noteworthy benefits include blood sugar control and GI tract optimization.
“Apple cider vinegar’s anti-glycemic effect is very well documented,” explains Carol Johnson in this article for WebMD. As director of Arizona State University’s nutrition program, Dr. Johnson is well versed in many elements of health and wellness. Dr. Johnson explains that, by inhibiting the digestion of starchy carbohydrates, apple cider vinegar can help to prevent rapid increases in blood sugar. Long term, moderating blood sugar is the best way to prevent diabetes, obesity, and “diabesity.”
The health benefits of apple cider vinegar may also include optimization of the GI tract. Choose an organic and unpasteurized bottle to take advantage of raw enzymes and natural probiotics, both of which help the GI tract to break down and absorb food without suffering irritation. Your teeth can benefit from this as well, as new research indicates that probiotics may help to prevent cavities.
Best Ways to Get the Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
First thing in the morning. Mix 1-3 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with 16-20 fluid ounces of purified water. Drink this as soon as you wake up, on an empty stomach.
Throughout the afternoon. Carry an iced mixture of diluted apple cider vinegar, mixed in the proportion described above.
With any meal. Apple cider vinegar goes great on salad, sautéed vegetables, and many other leafy greens. For more delicious way to add this healthy vinegar to even more meals, check out this apple cider vinegar dressing recipe.
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