The Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been in existence for more than 5,000 years. The ancient Babylonians were using the fruit of the date palm to make wine and sugar, to be used a food preservative/pickling agent. Vinegar residues were also found in urns from Ancient Egypt and the first recorded history of vinegar in China dates back to 1200 BC. According to the studies and research there are many health benefits from apple cider vinegar which may include clearing up acne and reducing heartburn. Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apples. However, it is recommended that it should not be taken in large doses. There are numerous health benefits associated with ACV:

Weight loss

According to one study, apple cider vinegar, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of ACV in 8 ounces of water a day can help you lose weight as well as reduce your body fat percentage. It can also cause belly fat loss and lowering of triglyceride levels. Also according to Dr. D.C. Jarvis, he suggested that honey and apple cider vinegar together may also assist in weight loss. However, the Mayo Clinic suggests that consuming apple cider vinegar before meals for weight loss is merely a fad (and calling it an ineffective way to lose weight).

High blood pressure

Apple cider vinegar has potassium in it which can help to lower your blood pressure, thus reducing the risks of having health issues (like cardiovascular disease and hypertension). Adding sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and 1-2 tablespoons of ACV to 8 ounces of water may also help in reducing high blood pressure. ACV and baking soda in water offers all the health benefits of apple cider vinegar in a less acidic form. Apple cider vinegar also alkalizes the body and has potassium in it. Potassium is an element which reduces the body’s sodium levels Reduced body sodium levels may assist to reduce high blood pressure.

Skin care

Apple cider vinegar may help to detox the skin which can bring out the natural glow of the skin. It may also be beneficial in fighting against acne and reducing the amount of pimples. Apple cider vinegar may also be used to wash your hair, reducing residue from product buildup (making it shiny and lustrous). Be careful not to overuse ACV because it may lead to dry skin. According to Elite Daily, Apple cider vinegar has a similar pH to the skin’s pH, so washing your face with a solution of diluted vinegar can balance the production of sebum. ACV acid can stimulate blood flow and minimize pores, resulting in soft and toned skin.

 

References/ Citations:

Why Apple Cider is Good For your Skin, by Helena Negru (1/12/2017)

https://www.elitedaily.com/women/switch-face-wash-apple-cider-vinegar/1750741

 

How The Ancients Benefitted from Apple Cider Vinegar

http://www.apple-cider-vinegar-benefits.com/vinegar-history.html

Can Apple Cider Vinegar in Your Diet Help You Lose Weight?

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/apple-cider-vinegar-weight-loss

Does Vinegar Lower Blood Pressure? Amazing Cure or Old Wives Tale?

by Greg Martin

http://healthyfitsmart.com/does-vinegar-lower-blood-pressure/

 

The Vinegar and Honey Diet

by Megan Smith (LIVESTRONG.com)

https://www.livestrong.com/article/74823-vinegar-honey-diet/

 

Can apple cider vinegar help with weight loss? (CNN.com)

By Sandee LaMotte

http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/19/health/apple-cider-vinegar-weight-loss/index.html

 

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