It may be old news to some, but apple cider vinegar is being hailed as the new miracle juice. From assisting with weight loss to fighting free radicals, it seems there’s very little it can’t do.
To maintain a healthy pH level
Based on many factors – including diet – most of us naturally tend to lean towards being more acidic than alkaline, but maintaining a good acid-alkaline balance is essential. Many bodily functions rely on a certain level of acidity or alkalinity and just a small change in pH levels can have a profound knock-on effect. Research has shown that high acid levels lead to a lack of energy, and higher incidences of infection. Acid forming foods include processed foods, alcohol, sugar and simple carbohydrates, and while you might think that apple cider vinegar is acidic, when consumed it actually becomes alkaline. Maintaining pH levels is also thought to help in the fight against premature ageing.
To improve liver function
In the process of helping to balance the body’s pH, apple cider vinegar works to help detoxify the body, specifically the liver, and can help stimulate circulation. By helping to remove harmful environmental toxins that build up in the body, especially in the liver, it helps to improve the natural blood filtration process and boost energy levels. This miracle juice also helps with lymphatic drainage, removing toxins and improving the immune system.
To fight free radicals
Free radicals are necessary in order to carry on the metabolic activity of the body. They fight infection, but an overproduction of free radicals within the body can cause all sorts of problems. Commonly linked with the signs of ageing, free radicals can also cause oxidative damage to cell membranes, tissues, proteins and even DNA, which may result in ulcers, emphysema, arthritis and immune disorders. In fact, just about every disease you can think of is caused by excess free radicals. They also are blamed for premature ageing, wrinkles and sagging skin. While avoiding free radicals completely is virtually impossible, we can minimise our exposure and neutralise their effects by eating more antioxidants that stop free radicals from causing extensive damage, such as those found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and apple cider vinegar.
To help regulate blood sugar
A study conducted by Arizona State University supports the therapeutic effects of drinking apple cider vinegar for those who are at risk of type 2 diabetes. The study showed that ingesting apple cider vinegar at meal times helps to reduce hunger pangs and maintain blood sugar levels, and taking just two tablespoons of the vinegar in water just before bed, lowered blood sugar levels by an average of four to six percent by morning.
To help with weight loss
All types of vinegars have been used over the years to aid weight loss, as they help make you feel full. Adding two teaspoons of it to water and sipping it throughout the day may effectively help boost weight loss. One study has shown that participants who consumed apple cider vinegar for 12 weeks managed to achieve weight loss as well as loss of abdominal fat. As mentioned, by helping to control blood sugar levels the cider helps to control post-carb slumps and cravings.
To help balance hormones
Research (and old wives’ tales) will tell you that taking apple cider vinegar before bed will help you sleep better, and for longer as it regulates both hunger and stress hormones. Reducing stress levels is necessary to help lose weight. The stress hormone cortisol is regulated by sleep, the more stressed we are, the poorer the quality of our sleep and the higher the levels of cortisol and the harder it is to lose weight.
To help lower blood pressure
There is scientific evidence that apple cider vinegar may help lower blood pressure so lessening the risk of heart disease. It contains potassium which is known to help balance the body’s sodium levels and maintain optimal blood pressure. It also contains magnesium, which helps to relax blood vessels’ walls and ultimately lower blood pressure.
To improve heart health
Research shows that in addition to effectively lowering blood pressure, apple cider vinegar can help increase HDL, or ‘good’ cholesterol, and researchers also discovered that it can help control triglycerides – the end product of digesting and breaking down fats in the body. Simply put, triglycerides are the fat in the blood, used to give your body energy, but high levels of triglycerides can increase the risk of heart disease.
To help eliminate candida and harmful infections
Candida has been blamed for many different health issues, including poor memory, fatigue, headaches, depression, sugar cravings and yeast infections. While it’s a naturally occurring yeast, it can quickly grow out of control if the body becomes too acidic from eating too many processed foods or too much sugar, or if good bacteria is killed off from antibiotic use. Rich in natural enzymes, apple cider vinegar can help eliminate candida in the body. It is fermented with a yeast that serves as a prebiotic for healthy bacteria in the gut, essentially helping good bacteria grow in place of the candida.
To ease digestive problems
Apple cider vinegar stimulates digestive juices that help the body breakdown food. It can help indigestion, bloating, gas and even heartburn. Taking just one teaspoon with a glass of water will bring relief from heartburn, but be aware, it won’t help a stomach ulcer.