Apple Cider Vinegar
By Melissa Wynn
Apple cider vinegar can be found in almost every kitchen in America. Whether you use it for cooking, cleaning or as a disinfectant there is probably a bottle in your home too.
More than just a tangy addition to your salad dressing this ancient elixir has been proven to have several health benefits. According to a study on care.diabetesjournals.org people suffering from type 2 diabetes and other blood sugar and insulin issues benefit greatly from just a few tablespoons strategically added to their diet. The study showed including apple cider vinegar improved insulin sensitivity during high-carb meal by 19-34% and lowered blood sugar and insulin responses significantly. Two tablespoons at bedtime were also shown to reduce a morning fasting blood sugar is lowered by 4%. Diabetic or not steady blood sugar levels are important to your overall health.
Weight loss benefits were also studied and while there is no cure all substitute for a healthy diet and exercise those in the three month study that added a single tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to their high carb meals felt fuller longer and ate 200-275 fewer calories for the rest of the day.
Several animal studies reported on ncbi.nlm.nih.gov have shown that vinegar can also reduce blood triglycerides, cholesterol and blood pressure. This could lead to a reduced risk of developing heart disease.
With so much pointing to the numerous benefits of simply adding some apple cider vinegar to your diet why not? From simple apple cider vinegar drinks to pickled cucumbers and coleslaw, add a little tang to give your health a boost.