Each week we think about what might interest you and so this week we thought we would remind you about Apple Cider Vinegar – ACV from now on in this blog! ACV is a product that has been in use for many centuries. ACV is probably in your cupboard but do you know how much it can do?
Health benefits of ACV
There are a number of areas in which ACV can help:
ACV for your heart
Our hearts are under pressure from poor diets, stress and lack of exercise. ACV is good news for your heart because it helps by:
The acetic acid in ACV is associated with the reduction in blood pressure.
Cholesterol is another challenge for the heart and whilst the body needs cholesterol it works best when we have the right levels of both LDL and HDL cholesterol. Participants in a Trust Me I’m a Doctor trial recorded significant decreases in their cholesterol levels in just 8 weeks. When you consider how many people have cholesterol issues that is great news. In addition, ACV appears to reduce LDL (bad) and increases HDL (good) cholesterol.
ACV and Diabetes
Diabetes and obesity are big health concerns at the moment. High intake of sugary and processed foods has led to this situation so we need to find solutions to help people. Fortunately, ACV is good for:
Insulin is a key factor for diabetics as it helps the body manage blood sugar levels. The body balance can be disturbed in a couple of ways:
There are many people who report improved blood sugar levels as a result of taking ACV. In fact, there are studies that recorded an improvement in insulin sensitivity. Participants were fed a high carb meal which would normally spike blood sugar levels and yet if ACV was part of the meal they recorded a noticeable reduction in blood sugar levels. Studies also noted that using ACV contributed to a 4% reduction in fasting blood sugar levels.
ACV and Weight control
If you have weight issues there is not really an alternative to eating the right foods and exercising more, but there are supports and ACV is one of them. Regular users of ACV have identified that the product helps them control their weight by:
ACV and gut health
We talk about maintaining a well-balanced gut full of multitudes of bacteria all the time. The microbiome is becoming a household word as people begin to understand the vital role our gut plays in our health. ACV helps by:
With the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that ACV offers it is not surprising that fungal skin infections have been recorded as responding well to the use of ACV. The disinfectant properties make it an excellent remedy for fungal nails and head lice.
How to use ACV
ACV is best diluted so we have given you some ideas on how to incorporate it into your daily regime:
We hope that this article has given you some new ideas and reasons to experiment with ACV and that you enjoy the results!
< PrevNext >