Apple Cider Vinegar: Health Benefits
Apple cider vinegar has been used in traditional medicine for hundreds of years. It is believed that Hippocrates used vinegar to treat his patients. Whilst there have been many lofty reports made about the astounding benefits of apple cider vinegar and many claiming to experience some improvement in certain health conditions, further research needs to be developed.
Latest Research on the Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
The most researched with the most positive outcomes of the benefits of apple cider vinegar is in the area of Type 2 diabetes. Some studies have found that taking vinegar (20 g apple cider vinegar, 40 g water, and 1 tsp saccharine) before meals can significantly increase insulin sensitivity thus dramatically reducing the blood sugar spikes that can occur after meals.1
According to an article published in 2006 in the Medscape General Medicine Journal by C.S. Johnston, apple cider vinegar can be seen in rats to reduce blood pressure levels.2
There is some evidence suggesting that apple cider vinegar can relieve pain associated with arthritis. Although there has been anecdotal evidence to support this claim, there has been no scientific evidence.
According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, apple cider vinegar may have antimicrobial properties thus making it a natural germ killer. Further evidence suggests that it may potentially be useful in treating food poisoning.3 For this particular treatment, mix 2 tsp apple cider vinegar in warm water and drink several times per day.3
Prior to experimenting with an alternative treatment, it is vital that you discuss this with your medical practitioner. It is important to know that apple cider vinegar may interact with some medications.
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