There are many health benefits of consuming vinegar in our diets. Proponents of natural health remedies recommend drinking one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (APV) in a glass of water/juice daily to help common ailments such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and cancer.
- High Cholesterol – according to WebMD a 2006 study showed evidence that vinegar could lower cholesterol in rats. Additionally, another study showed that individuals who consumed salads with oil and vinegar five to six times a week had lower rates of heart disease than those who didn’t.
- Weight-loss – For years vinegar has been used to help curb appetite and help people feel fuller and more satisfied. It has also been said to contain fiber that helps improve digestion.
- Diabetes – a 2005 study at Arizona State University found that APV slowed the increase of blood sugar when consumed before high carbohydrate meals. Regulation of blood sugar is important in preventing type 2 diabetes.
Beyond medical uses APV such as whitening teeth, getting rid of bad breath or body odors, cleaning vegetables/fruit, exfoliating the skin and much more.
You should consult your physician before consuming APV if you have an ulcer, esophagitis, low potassium or osteoporosis. APV is high in acid and should be diluted so as not to damage tooth enamel. Currently there is no official recommendation on how to use apple cider vinegar nor has there been large conclusive human studies on the benefits. However this multifunctional remedy has been recommended for thousands of years and has many home uses. At the very least, this is a natural cheap alternative to many harsh cleaning supplies.