Apple Cider Vinegar: Newly Discovered Uses
We should consume it with moderation, since an excess of vinegar in our diet could lead to lesions in the gastric mucosa and damage the enamel on the teeth.
Many scientific studies have investigated the diverse applications of apple cider vinegar, from losing weight, to relieving sore throats, as well as controling blood sugar and blood lipid levels. Continue reading to learn how to use apple cider vinegar to improve your health.
Control Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels
This is very good news for diabetics. According to one study published in the magazine Diabetes Care, apple cider vinegar can reduce blood sugar levels after eating. In addition, a study conducted near the end of 2007 suggested that drinking a glass of water with vinegar before going to bed helps maintain stable blood sugar levels during the night.
In another study whose results were published in Diabetes Care, a group of insulin-resistent people drank a mixture of water and vinegar immediately before a meal. It was observed that the people who had taken vinegar before eating had better insulin levels and better insulin sensitivity than the control group.
In other words, drinking a mixture of water and vinegar before meals and before bed can help individuals with diabetes type 2 or who have insulin resistance (pre-diabetics) improve their blood sugar and insulin levels.
Vinegar May Reduce Cholesterol
The British Journal of Nutrition published a study claiming that blood fat levels were noticeably reduced over a period of 20 days in test rats who were given acetic acid (substance present in vinegar). It is probably, therefore, that apple cider vinegar would have a positive effect also on cholesterol and triglyceride levels in humans.
Drink Vinegar to Lose Weight
Results of one study published in a respected European science journal indicated that eating a bit of bread dipped in vinegar before eating helps increase the feeling of satiety, and therefore helps us to eat less. In this way, it may be said that eating bread with vinegar helps lose weight. It is possible that bread with vinegar will not appeal to the palate of the majority of people, so, instead, one can drink a glass of water with vinegar before each meal to eat less and to ingest fewer calories.
Relieve a Sore Throat
Gargling a solution of water and vinegar helps alleviate the pain of a sore throat, due to its antiseptic and painkilling qualities. After gargling, you should brush your teeth thoroughly (at least 30 minutes after gargling) because the acid in the vinegar can damage tooth enamel. Ideally, you would rinse your mouth with water (or mouthwash) after the vinegar to neutralize the acid. Once you have rinsed, wait 30 minutes to one hour to brush your teeth.
In conclusion, drinking one teaspoon of vinegar diluted in a half a glass of water three times a day can have many positive benefits for your health. However, be careful, as intaking vinegar in excess can cause lesions on the stomach lining and damage tooth enamel. Remember that, without a doubt, you should always consult with your physician.