Top benefits of ACV:
- Sick - ACV helps break up mucus. The thick, yellow or green nastiness will turn thinner and more clear after drinking ACV. It’s best to start taking it at the first sign of a cold.
- Allergies - It has been said that ACV is able to stop or slow a histamine response if taken immediately after exposure to the allergen.
- Blood Sugar Levels - A 2004 study found that taking vinegar before meals significantly increased insulin sensitivity and dramatically reduced the insulin and glucose spikes that occur after meals.
- Weight Loss - A follow up study to the 2004 study previously mentioned showed that participants that took 2 tablespoons of ACV before 2 meals each day and proceeded to lose an average of 2 pounds over the four week period. Some participants lost up to four. Researchers said that results were comparable to the drug metformin, a drug given to help manage diabetes.
- It has also been suggested that ACV consumption can aid in clearing up acne, treating diarrhea, curing dandruff and fighting cancer cells.
Words of wisdom:
- Don’t overdose! Excessive consumption can result in lower bone mineral density and lower potassium levels.
- Always dilute! ACV is very acidic and can burn the tissues in your mouth and throat. Always dilute it to a 10-1 (water to ACV) ratio.
- Rinse your mouth afterwards! ACV is potent and can damage the enamel to your teeth. To avoid this, always dilute ACV and rinse your mouth with water after drinking.
To reap the benefits, you should buy raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, preferably organic. The raw and unfiltered ACV contains the mother, a natural sediment with pectin, trace minerals, beneficial bacteria and enzymes (which makes it appear cloudy, not clear).
To be completely honest, the taste gets some getting used to, even when diluted. I prefer 1 tablespoon of ACV and 1/2-1 tablespoon of honey mixed together in 8-10 ounces of hot water.
If you are wanting to read about even more benefits of apple cider vinegar, check out this MindBodyGreen article OR this Reader's Digest post. Both articles include details about more benefits, such as:
reduce heartburn, detox, whiten teeth, shiny hair, tummy troubles, exhaustion, leg cramps, and more.