Apple Cider Vinegar has been seen as beneficial to health for quite a while. However science has neglected to conduct research into its benefits since there is little funding for such research.
- Weight Loss Aid
- Reduces Blood Sugar
- May reduce cholesterol and the risk of heart disease
- Cancer prevention
- Natural hair rinse
. Many nutritionists recommend using the organic, unfiltered variety of vinegar with the “mother” since the higher level of enzymes, proteins and friendly bacteria are more beneficial.
- Antibacterial– vinegar has been used as a disinfecting cleaner, a food preservative and a fungicide. The acetic acid present in vinegar is able to kill bacteria and prevent their growth. Apple cider vinegar has long been used to preserve foods since the acetic acid prevents bacteria such as E. coli from causing spoilage. All types of pickled foods are made with vinegar and remain shelf stable for up to a year.
- Weight loss aid– when as little as 2 tablespoons per day is combined with high-carbohydrate meals, vinegar can create a feeling of being full while consuming fewer calories. While the average amount of weight loss is less than 2 pounds per month, a reduction in belly fat and waist circumference is an added benefit.
- Reduces blood sugar– since it has been shown to normalize blood sugar levels in people with diabetes and pre-diabetes, they can benefit from adding apple cider vinegar to their diet. Diabetics that are taking medication to lower their blood sugar should consult with their doctor before increasing their intake of vinegar.
- May reduce cholesterol and risk of heart disease– while no human studies have been done to support this benefit, research using animals has shown apple cider vinegar can reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides. More research needs to be done to determine whether the same benefit exists for humans as it has in animal studies.
- Cancer prevention– laboratory studies found that apple cider vinegar may be able to slow the growth of cancer cells or even kill them. Some nutritionists believe that maintaining the proper alkaline/acid balance can prevent cancer, and vinegar can be used to restore this balance.
- Natural hair rinse– commercial shampoos and conditioners can cause product buildup over time, but the acid in apple cider vinegar can remove it, leaving the hair shiny and tangle-free. The vinegar should be mixed with an equal part of water and left on the hair a few minutes before rinsing. This process can also be used to treat dandruff since the acid it contains kills Malassezia, a fungus thought to cause dandruff.
At our Diet4Shape Clinic we recommend that that you use 2 tablespoons of organic apple cider vinegar diluted in water, two times a day with the main meals.