What’s all the buzz about Apple Cider Vinegar? Are all vinegars the same? Mostly anecdotal, ACV is commonly touted as a remedy for many ailments. Studies have been conducted around the world trying to prove those claims. The jury is still out on ACV. Speaking from experience, I believe it can help you overall. It’s sold at your local grocery store and I always buy the Braggs brand. Here are some reasons why you too might want to add it to your salad dressing…
* What is Acetic Acid that is contained in ACV?
Results of a research study in Japan suggest that acetic acid may help control blood pressure and fat accumulation. Investigators in Europe looked at the influence of sodium acetate and acetic acid on blood glucose and other biological responses to a mixed meal in healthy subjects.
But acetic acid is not vinegar, it is a bacteria found in vinegar that is a byproduct of the fermentation process and as you go along this article, you’ll find out that this bacteria is responsible for the other benefits below.
During the fermentation process, the acetic acid bacteria grow inside the liquid and as the fermentation process goes along it slowly grows to become a nontoxic slime. People call it the “mother”.
There are vinegar manufacturers that remove the “mother” using a filtration process but if you’re thinking of consuming this or adding it to a juice recipe, avoid using distilled vinegar but opt for the raw, unfiltered variety that contains the mother. This ingredient is responsible for the tart flavor and the biting odor of vinegar. Acetic acid content in vinegar varies between 4 to 7% in distilled vinegar and 5 to 6% in wine vinegar. Bragg unfiltered ACV (one of the more popular brands) contains 5.14% of acetic acid.
* Does AVC have Cancer-Fighting Properties?
Cancer is a silent killer in that the symptoms don’t manifest itself until it is in a stage where there is little that you can do to cure it. In 2014 over 1.6 million people in the United States tested positive for cancer and there were over half a million deaths (it is the 4th common cause of death in the USA). Research has shown that vinegar can at least shrink and kill some types of cancer cells.
One study was done in China, where they discovered that vegetable and vinegar consumption reduced the risk of oesophageal cancer. However in a separate study done in Serbia, results showed that vinegar consumption increased bladder cancer 4.4 times. Based on these studies, vinegar is found to have anti-tumor properties thanks to the acetic acid bacteria but may provide various effects depending on the type of cancer.
* Can I use it to clean around the house?
Before any scientific study was done, Hippocrates has been using vinegar to treat wounds over 2,000 years ago and modern research has proven that vinegar can kill some types of bacteria like E. coli and S. aureus. It isn’t as effective as commercial products like Clorox, but it does not have chemicals in it so it is safe to use in washing produce and is also known as a natural food preservative.
* I heard AVC can help lower my LDL. Is that true?
One of the biggest risk factors of having high cholesterol is it can lead to various heart ailments. Once bad cholesterol clogs the arteries, there is a huge risk of cardiac arrest.
Apple cider vinegar can help lower because it contains chlorogenic acids that help lower LDL or bad cholesterol, preventing it from accumulating and crystalizing in the bloodstream. Take note that the research done was only done to rats which may or may not translate to same results on humans. One study was done on over 70,000 women showed that an increased intake of oil and vinegar salad dressing reduced the risk of ischemic heart disease.
* Will it also help prevent Diabetes?
For those who don’t know postprandial glycemia simply refers to the elevated blood sugar levels that occur after a meal – this is a big factor why pre-diabetics progress to type 2 diabetics.The term pre-diabetes means that an individual has elevated blood glucose levels but not high enough to be considered as type-2 diabetes. If left undiagnosed it can lead to type 2 diabetes in 10 years or less. Researchers from Arizona University found out that drinking vinegar juice that included 20 grams of apple cider vinegar, 49 grams of water and 1 teaspoon of saccharine after a meal (bagel and orange juice) resulted in a 35% decrease.
Another way to lower down postprandial glycemia is walking around for 15 minutes after a meal instead of sitting down like most of us do.
* Will ACV help me with my dental hygiene?
In a test done on 100 teeth that were exposed to the E. faecalis, bacteria had shown that apple cider vinegar was able to reduce bacterial count but not completely remove it. The test was done on teeth extracted through a root canal and not live teeth inside the mouth.
* What about insulin if your a type 2 Diabetic?
In a study done by the American Diabetes Association in 2004, 3 groups of people were given a concoction of 20 grams apple cider vinegar, 40 grams of water and a teaspoon of saccharine and after 2 minutes were given a meal that consisted of a white bagel, orange juice and butter.
These 3 groups include people with type 2 diabetes and non-diabetic individuals who are either insulin sensitive (these are control subjects) or insulin resistant. 29 people in all participated in the study.
The study revealed that apple cider vinegar increased insulin sensitivity in insulin-resistant individuals by 34% and type 2 diabetics by 19% . Dr. Mercola who also cited the study said that the type 2 diabetics who participated in the study improved blood glucose levels by 25% while pre-diabetics had lower blood glucose compared to healthy individuals (control subjects) who participated.
* Can ACV help me with those few extra pounds?
There has been a new study done by Japanese researchers that acetic acid found in vinegar could prevent the accumulation of body fat. One test was done with mice, the other with people.
The test was done on mice (the latest study): In their study laboratory, scientists fed two groups of mice with a high-fat diet. Afterwards, one group was given acetic acid and one group was not. The mice that were given acetic acid developed less body fat (up to 10%) compared to mice that were not given acetic acid.
Test done on people: 175 obese but healthy people were divided into two groups. Both groups had a similar diet but one group had plain water and the other had some vinegar. At the end of 12 weeks the people who had the vinegar lost an average of 1 to 2 pounds. But whilst vinegar may have properties that can break down fats, nothing beats exercise and eating the right food to really shift any excess weight!
* What are the benefits of adding it to my bath water?
In a world filled with so many toxins, we should all be taking precautionary measures by incorporating protective foods into our diets. We’ve discussed many of the sources of toxins in previous articles so we won’t be overly redundant in this article.
The unique acids in ACV bind to toxins and allow us to release them more effectively.
You can also utilize the medicine of ACV by adding a cup to a hot bath with some epsom salts, to kickstart your lymphatic system into releasing toxins.
* Will it help eliminate Candida?
If you aren’t familiar with candida overgrowth, consider yourself lucky. Candida is a parasitic bacteria which cause yeast overgrowth leading to low energy, poor digestion, yeast infections, canker sores and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Candida overgrowth occurs often when a person has a poor diet, high in refined sugar and carbohydrates, and it can take over when the gut flora compromised by antibiotic use or birth control.
ACV is an effective tool in the kit of someone trying to rid themselves of draining candida. You can also look at lemon water as a possible solution when treating Candida.
It works by helping promote better digestion and an acid/alkaline balance more aligned with promoting healthy bacteria to once again thrive in the gut.
Vinegar has been used since time eternal as a cure for foot fungus and is great for killing molds.
Since yeast is a fungus it makes sense that ACV would help in keeping the parasite at bay, even though to date there hasn’t been any specific analysis of ACV directly as a candida killer.
* How about Lactic Acid build up from working out?
Muscle fatigue can often be a symptom of mineral and electrolyte depletion. To make sure the body has ample electrolyte stores take a Tbs of ACV with water before a workout. The natural pH of our bodies when it’s in balance create an environment where elimination of excess lactic acid in the muscles easily occurs, this stasis also plays a crucial role in oxygenating our bodies during exercise.
* Reduce Sunburns and Insect Stings
If you feel sunburn or bug bite, Apple cider vinegar can help treat this problem. If sunburn occurs, use Apple Cider Vinegar and water in equal proportions and apply to the skin with a cotton fabric to reduce burn. Also, you can relax in shower with moderately hot water and a cup of Apple Cider Vinegar. For pest stings, apply Apple Cider Vinegar straight to the infected area.
* Can it Control Dandruff?
Apple Cider Vinegar is very efficient at fighting fight dandruff. Blend it with equivalent proportions of water and put on your scalp with a cloth or a spraying bottle. Keep on for 60-120 minutes with a bathing cap and then rinse. To achieve maximum results, this should be done at least once or twice a week.
ACV is not intended to replace your doctor’s medications. Please advice your doctor of any dietary changes. I am not a doctor. These are not my claims. I can only speak from my experience.
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