Don’t you love it when you can make one small change to your routine, and have it make a HUGE difference to your health? We do too. That’s why we want to share this apple cider vinegar secret with you.
It turns out that humble apple cider vinegar (ACV) you have sitting in your pantry can be turned into a health tonic! And the best news of all is that it couldn’t be easier to do. Simply combine one tablespoon of ACV with 8 ounces of water (never drink AVC straight) once a day, and drink it down for some incredible health benefits.
1. Stabilize blood sugar:
Apple cider vinegar helps with blood sugar in two different ways. First, when you drink a glass of ACV tonic before eating it’s a natural appetite suppressant. You feel satisfied, eat less and end up having lower blood sugar levels as a result. (You might even lose some weight too!)
But even more exciting is that studies show ACV can increase insulin sensitivity and help lower your blood sugar levels. A study revealed if you save your drink for before bed, you could find yourself waking up the next morning with significantly better blood sugar numbers. And in another study ACV improved insulin sensitivity after a high carbohydrate meal by an incredible 34 percent in insulin resistant volunteers, and 19 percent in folks with type 2 diabetes!
2. Regulate blood pressure:
Apple cider vinegar is packed with potassium, a nutrient which helps keep your body’s sodium levels under control. That, in turn, could help lower your blood pressure. In addition, ACV could help relax your arteries, and softer more flexible arteries mean better blood flow and lower blood pressure.
Animal studies have shown that vinegar may be able to significantly lower blood pressure. In one study, after 13 weeks of being given vinegar, blood pressure in a group of rats was down an impressive 30 mmHG, in comparison to a control group.
3. Improve cholesterol:
Apple cider vinegar’s heart benefits don’t stop with blood pressure. Animal studies have found that ACV can lower cholesterol and levels too. Plus research shows ACV can raise HDL, or “good” cholesterol levels.
Even more exciting is the fact that ACV contains a healthy amount of the powerful antioxidant chlorogenic acid, which studies have shown helps keep potentially dangerous LDL cholesterol from oxidizing, slashing your risk of heart disease.
4. Fight cancer:
The jury is still out on just how effective apple cider vinegar is at fighting cancer, but there are a number of exciting findings that offer hope. Both test tube and animal studies have confirmed vinegar is able to inhibit and kill cancer cells. And one observational study showed an association between eating vinegar, and a lower risk for esophageal cancer.
More research needs to be done, but in the meantime your daily ACV tonic may be helping you fight cancer too.
Be sure to look for an unprocessed and unfiltered apple cider vinegar. One popular brand, Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, is widely available in grocery stores across the country, as well as online. If you find that the taste of your ACV tonic is a bit too strong you can mix in dollop of honey to make this natural “medicine” go down.
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