By, Abdur Rahman Choudhury, M.Sc. (Nutritionist)
Apple cider vinegar is a fermented juice that comes from crushed apples. It contains acetic acid, citric acid, amino acids, antioxidants, and other beneficial substances. Here are five evidence-based health benefits of apple cider vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar can help you lower your blood sugar levels and manage diabetes. Because it has acetic acid, which can improve insulin sensitivity and slow down the digestion of carbohydrates.
Apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight and reduce body fat. Because it has acetic acid, which can suppress appetite, increase metabolism, and reduce water retention .
Apple cider vinegar can help you improve your cardiovascular health and lower your risk of heart disease. Because it has antioxidants, such as polyphenols, which can protect the blood vessels and lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels.
Apple cider vinegar can help you enhance your skin health and treat various skin conditions. Because it has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which can kill harmful bacteria, balance the skin pH, and soothe irritation and inflammation.
Apple cider vinegar can help you improve your digestive health and prevent indigestion. Because it has pectin, a soluble fiber, which can promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and regulate bowel movements.
As you can see, apple cider vinegar has so many health benefits. But don’t drink more than two tablespoons a day as it can cause side effects such as nausea, tooth erosion, and low potassium levels.
You can drink apple cider vinegar diluted in water before meals or use it as a salad dressing or a marinade.