Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from apples. It is typically made by crushing apples, then squeezing out the juice, then fermenting it so that the sugars in the juice are converted to alcohol. This is then further fermented to acetic acid, which gives apple cider vinegar its sour taste. You can even find versions of apple cider vinegar with honey added so it is more palatable.
One of the most popular uses of apple cider vinegar is as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments. Some people believe it can help with weight loss, lower blood sugar levels, and improve heart health–all reasons that I’m using it daily. However, more research is needed to confirm these claims. To me, holistic strategies always take time to get research to support what they are good for, don’t you agree?
So why use apple cider vinegar?
Weight loss: Some studies have shown that consuming apple cider vinegar may help with weight loss. It is thought that the acetic acid in the vinegar may interfere with the digestion of carbohydrates, which can lead to a feeling of fullness and a reduction in calorie intake. I definitely feel less hungry but haven’t seen incredible amounts of weight loss so maybe it’ll take some more time.
Lower blood sugar levels: Some research suggests that consuming apple cider vinegar before a high-carb meal may help lower blood sugar levels. However, more studies are needed to confirm this effect.
Improved heart health: Some early research suggests that apple cider vinegar may have beneficial effects on heart health, such as reducing bad cholesterol and blood pressure. However, more research is needed to confirm these effects. I tend to have slightly higher than normal cholesterol so hopefully in 3 months, the numbers come down but we’ll see.
Here are some tips on how I started using apple cider vinegar:
- Start small: Consume one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar per day.
- Dilute it: Always dilute apple cider vinegar with water or juice before consuming to avoid damaging your tooth enamel.
- Drink it before a meal: Drinking apple cider vinegar before a meal may help to lower blood sugar levels and improve fullness.
In conclusion, apple cider vinegar is a natural remedy with a long history of use. Although more research is needed to confirm its potential health benefits, many people find it to be a helpful addition to their daily routine.