Consuming apple cider vinegar has numerous health benefits. Below are a few of the reasons you should add it to your diet.
Helps with Weight Loss
Apple cider vinegar is different from other vinegars. It’s made from apples, so contains a higher mineral and vitamin content. Apple cider vinegar retains many of an apple’s antioxidants, which aid in digestion and keeping a healthy metabolism. A study from Japan even suggests that it increases production of a fat burning enzyme.
This unique vinegar’s helpful properties don’t stop there. When consumed before a meal, apple cider vinegar prevents the rapid increase and drop in blood sugar we often experience after eating. Apple cider vinegar also makes you feel full because it is an appetite suppressant. It contains the soluble fiber pectin, which makes you feel fuller longer and can reduce the urge to binge.
Soothes a Sore Throat
With a sore throat, it may be painful to sip undiluted apple cider vinegar. If you are able to sip it straight, drink water afterward. If not, mix ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar with ¼ warm water. This works because most germs can’t survive an acidic environment, which the vinegar creates.
May Lower Cholesterol
Research suggests that apple cider vinegar may decrease the amount of fat in blood. This includes cholesterol and triglycerides. A Japanese study, which used rats as test subjects, found that the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar reduced the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides. Another Japanese study found that drinking half an ounce of apple cider vinegar a day can lower cholesterol. In Iran, a Babol University of Medical Science study conducted on humans found that apple cider vinegar reduced LDL (bad) cholesterol and triglycerides in people who already have high cholesterol.
A small amount of apple cider vinegar goes a long way. Make consuming it a part of your daily routine and you will see these health benefits.