If it’s true that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, there must be truth to the view that apple cider vinegar is a bit of a magic potion. So if there are superfoods, are there superfluids? Apple cider vinegar certainly makes a convincing case. Here are some of the benefits of apple cider vinegar and why it should be on your shopping list this week:
1. Drink Some Diluted Apple Cider Vinegar to Reduce Hunger Pangs and Cravings
Among the many benefits of apple cider vinegar are the reduction of hunger pangs and cravings for food. Acetic acid is believed to be the magical ingredient in all vinegars that helps suppress appetite and slows the rate at which sugars are released into our bloodstreams. This reduces hunger pangs, according to a 2005 study conducted in Sweden.
2. A Bit Goes a Long Way to Reduce the Risk of Diabetes
Vinegar may assist in lowering glucose levels, according to several recent studies. This means vinegar can be used as a beneficial treatment for people suffering from Type 2 diabetes. Just two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar along with 30g of cheese before bedtime can contribute to a 4 to 6% decrease in fasting blood sugar levels, according to a 2007 study conducted by Arizona State University.
3. An Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse Promotes Shiny Hair
Although there is at present no scientific evidence to confirm this, apple cider enthusiasts say it can work wonders for hair, turning tired tresses into shiny, healthy looking hair and preventing dandruff from forming. According to beauty bloggers, one part vinegar to one part water serves as a great conditioner. Apply to hair, let it soak in for 15 minutes before rinsing and dazzling your BBFs with your glossy tresses.
4. Include It in Your Weight Loss Plan
There is only minimal scientific evidence that vinegar can help with weight loss, but apple cider vinegar fans swear it has helped them to shed pounds and kilos.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar Helps with Digestion
Perhaps the British sprinkle vinegar over their greasy fish 'n' chips because it helps with digestion? They are not far wrong, according to nutritionist Lisa Guy, apple cider vinegar taken before each meal improves digestion and is helpful to people who have stomach problems such as reflux, indigestion and bloating. Use in salad dressing or take one teaspoon with water before meals. Or sprinkle over fish suppers of your choice.
6. It’s a Natural Toner to Clear and Clarify Your Skin
Apple cider vinegar can count on a long, long list of health benefits to support its sale. Enthusiasts believe apple cider vinegar makes for a great toner, using one part vinegar to two parts water. Left on overnight to fade age spots and acne, this home-made face-pack is cheap, healthy and keeps skin looking clear and youthful when ingested as a tonic.
7. High Cholesterol Level? Try Apple Cider Vinegar
If you need even more reasons to use apple cider vinegar - other than keeping hunger pangs at bay, that is - then look at a 2012 study published in Life Science Journal. It shows that consuming apple cider vinegar over an 8-week period can considerably decrease harmful lipids that contribute to high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in our blood.
8. And – It’s Ideal as All-purpose Cleaner
Apple cider vinegar isn’t all about the body beautiful. Generations of German housewives have added a dash of vinegar to buckets before applying mops to floors and cloths to windows. Vinegar is one of the best all-purpose cleaners, saving you tons of money on commercial products. Use one part vinegar to two parts water, add a few drops of tea tree oil to imbue with antibacterial qualities. Start mopping floors with an environmentally clean conscience. And there are so many other places you can use it to clean and disinfect.
Are you convinced that apple cider vinegar is a superfluid? Do you already use it? Please share your favorite ways.