Overweight, diabetic, and suffering from everything from heart disease to cancer is the way to describe a large percentage of U.S. adults today.
If you’re one of them or just want to make sure you don’t end up this way, there could be powerful help sitting on your kitchen shelf right now…
Apple cider vinegar (ACV).
In fact, you’ve probably heard about ACV but with all of the health information out there, you may not know whether or not it’s really worth taking.
After all, if you’re going to spend your money and your time on something you want to know that it’s really going to work.
And, that’s why we’re going to look at the four reasons you should be taking this powerful little vinegar, why it’s vital to your health and how to take it to get the most health benefits possible.
You see, the benefits of ACV come from the compounds at its base, including acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes, like polyphenols. All that packs a powerful punch, helping you get healthier without any side effects. Easy, nature effective… why not give it a try, right?
How to put ACV to work
#1 – Cancer protection
Vinegars are a dietary source of polyphenols, compounds synthesized by plants to defend against oxidative stress. Ingestion of polyphenols enhances antioxidant protection and reduces cancer risk. That’s why the compounds in ACV have been shown in scientific studies to protect your body, especially your liver and kidneys from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. So if you want to do one thing to avoid cancer, consume ACV.
#2 – Lowers cholesterol
These same studies showed that supplementing your diet with ACV could also lower your cholesterol, keeping your heart and blood vessels healthier. Just a couple of spoonfuls a day, mixed in 8 ounces of water, should work.
#3 – Fights infection
The use of vinegar to fight infections and other acute conditions dates back to Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, who recommended a vinegar preparation for cleaning ulcerations and for the treatment of sores. Oxymel, a popular ancient medicine composed of honey and vinegar, was also prescribed for persistent coughs by Hippocrates and his contemporaries, and by physicians up to the modern day. But the reason ACV is so effective is that acetic acid is a potent antimicrobial and can help kill pathogens, including bacteria.
#4 – Defends against diabetes
Including ACV in your diet can also improve your blood sugar. In fact, studies have found that adding vinegar to your meal could reduce the glycemic index of your food (the measure of the effect of foods on your blood sugar) by 20 – 35 percent.
In fact, some studies show that ACV could work through the same mechanism as the commonly prescribed diabetes drug, metformin, without the possibility of side effects.
#5 – Boosts weight loss
Taking the ACV could even help you slim down since a 2009 study from Japan found that swallowing two tablespoons of diluted apple cider vinegar twice a day with meals helped people lose about four pounds after 12 weeks. Always dilute ACV to prevent damage to your esophagus or the enamel on your teeth.
The right apple cider vinegar for you
With these amazing benefits, it’s clear that adding apple cider vinegar to your daily diet could be key to keeping you healthier and thinner.
But, you may be wondering what to look for in ACV.
The first thing you should know is that you can choose either a liquid or capsule form.
If you decide to go with the liquid, it’s important to choose an organic, unfiltered, unprocessed ACV. It may look murky and brown, but that’s good. That means it contains the “mother”—strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria — the beneficial compounds that you don’t want filtered out.
Take your apple cider vinegar prior to meals, either following the directions on the bottle if you’re taking the capsules, or 1 – 2 tablespoons in eight ounces of water if you go with the liquid. Just be sure to keep your intake below 4 tablespoons per day.
You could even use ACV to make a tasty salad dressing that packs a little extra punch.
However you choose to get your daily apple cider vinegar, you can rest assured knowing that you’re taking a supplement with a long history of health benefits, backed up by modern science.
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