Today I’m going to quickly reveal 5 surprising and scientifically proven benefits of apple cider vinegar. And I’ll end with the correct dose and type, for maximum health benefits. And also what to avoid.
Kills Harmful Bacteria
When I was a kid, I remember seeing my grandmother wash the toilet and sink and other things around the house, using a home-made mixture of vinegar and water. I remember asking her, “why not just use one of those commercial products?”
She said, “this is safer, it’s natural, it’s not toxic, and it kills germs and bacteria”.
Which is true because vinegar can help kill pathogens, which is bacteria, viruses, and other organisms that can cause disease.1
In fact, Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, used vinegar for wound cleaning over two thousand years ago.
Helps Lower Blood Sugar Levels
I think one of the most well-known and popular uses of Vinegar is the fact it can help lower blood sugar levels. And as I’ve stated in previous articles, high blood sugar is a common denominator to many illnesses and diseases.
Studies have shown that vinegar can
- Improve insulin sensitivity during a high-carb meal by 19–34%.2
- Reduce blood sugar by 34% after eating 50 grams of white bread.3
- Numerous other studies in humans show that vinegar can improve insulin function and lower blood sugar levels after meals.4,5
So if you’re concerned about your blood sugar, if you’re pre-diabetic or even diabetic, start using some vinegar in your diet.
Helps You Lose Weight & Shrinks Belly Fat
Vinegar has also been shown to help you lose weight and shrink that stubborn belly fat.
It does so through 2 primary ways
- Increases satiety and thus, makes you feel fuller and less hungry.
- Lowering of the blood sugar. High insulin levels stores body fat.
Don’t expect miracles. Studies show weight loss is about 2-3 pounds after 3 months, but that’s still a good start and it’s progress – which is always great.6
It May Help Avoid Getting Cancer
To my surprise, there are numerous studies showing that various types of vinegar can kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.7-9
Unfortunately, these studies were done on rats and not on humans. But, hey… it’s still very positive, right?
Lowers Cholesterol & Improves Heart Health
Did you know that heart disease is the world’s number one killer and a common cause of premature death?10
Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar can help reduce cholesterol and fatty triglyceride levels. Plus, it even helps reduce blood pressure. And let’s not forget the lowering of blood sugar levels – another common risk factor of heart disease.
Again – these studies were done on animals and not humans.
However, if you do want proven solutions for improving cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure and so forth, based on usage of real humans, make sure you visit the articles that I will link below.
Best Type and Dose
Lastly, let’s talk about the best type of Vinegar and the dosage.
I use Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar and I get the one that says, With The “Mother” on it…. Which are strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky appearance.
Some people believe that the “mother” is responsible for most of the health benefits, although there are currently no studies to support this.
I take 1 tablespoon, 3x daily. For sure in the morning and at night and most of the time, mid-day.
I also add in a tablespoon of organic lemon juice in it as well for taste and also some additional and similar health benefits.
I actually mix it all in a cup of water and drink it down, so it dilutes the taste.
You can do it on an empty stomach but for some people that cause discomfort so you can do it a few minutes before a meal.
BTW, I don’t like the pills. They aren’t as beneficial and they cost much more. And I hate wasting money and getting an inferior product that’s less effective.
Apple Cider Vinegar has many health benefits. Don’t expect miracles, but it’s inexpensive and easy to use.